Commentary: Notes from the school board

March 18, 2014

Spring vacation is next week. School district students and staff will get a chance to recharge their batteries before they tackle the final stretch of the 2013-14 school year.

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According to Superintendent Suzette Davis, enrollment has basically leveled out the past two years, which — relatively speaking — is a positive. Several years ago, the district dropped almost 100 students in one summer.

“There was no rhyme or reason for it,” Davis said. “Now we’re just stabilizing. For us that’s a victory.”

Superintendent Suzette Davis touts Common Core benefits

March 11, 2014

By PETER DAY
Leader Editor

Suzette Davis, superintendent of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District, makes no bones about it: She is a fan of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

“I’m going to let you know I’m an advocate for Common Core,” Davis said to begin her presentation to the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association last Tuesday.

No carnival this year, Hart says

March 11, 2014

By PETER DAY
LEADER EDITOR

Speaking with an obvious sense of sadness, former Honorary Mayor Woody said there will be no carnival this year.

“I feel real bad that it’s not going to be this year,” Hart said. “I apologize.”

But, Hart made it clear that he will attempt to bring back the popular family event next year.

“I want to do things for kids to do. That’s my main thing. I’m doing it for the kids.”

LVES students help set national reading record

March 11, 2014

FROM STAFF AND
WIRE REPORTS

LUCERNE VALLEY • Students at Lucerne Valley Elementary recently took part in a nationwide effort to “Read the Most Coast to Coast.”

LVES students joined Renaissance Learning’s challenge on Feb. 28 to break the record set last school year for the number of Accelerated Reader quizzes taken in one day. The new one-day record is now 4,987,949 quizzes.

Accelerated Reader, the nation’s most widely used reading management program for K12 schools, helps educators generate excitement for reading and monitor students’ personalized practice.

Wessell explains Local Control Funding Formula

March 11, 2014

By PETER DAY
Leader Editor

Billy Wessell, the Lucerne Valley Unified School District’s business manager, explained the benefits of the Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control Accountability Plan to members of the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association last Tuesday.

“It (the LCFF) brought the local funding back to the local communities,” he said.

Wessell also asked LVEDA members — and other members of the community — to take an LCAP Survey to help the school district make related funding decisions.

Sheriff's Blotter 03-12-14

March 11, 2014

INDECENT EXPOSURE: On Feb.18, two shirtless females and 2 males were reported in an abandoned residence in the 11000 block of Rabbit Springs Road. Upon investigation, the individuals were not found at the site
BATTERY: A male presented to the Sheriff’s station on Feb. 15, wanting to press battery charges against a local couple. Upon further investigation, the male had a history of threatening the couple, and when he showed up at the couple’s house at 5 a.m., and the couple “beat up” the man in “self-defense.”

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