A principal who's stuck on his job

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Duct tape

Principal Michael Gulden donated his lunch period to be duct-taped to a table by 70 students at CRES Friday.  Parents purchased five feet of duct tape for their kids to "Stick It" to Gulden at lunch.  The money will be used by the Rancho Murieta Kiwanis and Optimist Clubs for projects at the school. (Thanks to member Alicia Correia for the photo!) Read more » about A principal who's stuck on his job

Elk Grove schools detail cuts in bus service

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The Elk Grove Unified School District released a statement today outlining reductions in bus service that are resulting from cuts in state funding.

Here's the statement:

Changes to Transportation for Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District faces a $40 million budget reduction from the state for the 2011-2012 school year. This follows three years of budget cuts totaling over $100 million. The current $40 million reduction will mean that the state will have reduced EGUSD's budget by more than 36 percent over four years. Unfortunately, as a result, our schools and programs will lose additional staff and services for the 2011-2012 school year. Read more » about Elk Grove schools detail cuts in bus service

June 30 deadline for school tax discount

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Residents who are 65 or over or who are disabled are eligible for a 70 percent reduction in a local property tax that funds school improvement if there are no school-age children living in the home. Qualified residents have until June 30 to apply to Elk Grove Unified School District for the discount. Read more » about June 30 deadline for school tax discount

School district urges public to support education funding

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The Elk Grove Unified School District took its case to the community Thursday night, arguing that public education in California is at a crossroads and encouraging district parents to help protect schools from further budget cuts. Read more » about School district urges public to support education funding

School district plans four meetings in March to discuss finances

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The Elk Grove Unified School District will hold four community meetings in March to discuss the potential impact of state budget actions on district operations. District officials say state plans could leave the district with a $40 million shortfall and threaten the jobs of hundreds of teachers.

Here are the meeting dates, times and locations:

March 10, 7-8 p.m.
Sheldon High School
Performing Arts Center
8333 Kingsbridge Drive
Sacramento

March 22, 7-8 p.m.
Valley High School
Cafeteria
6300 Ehrhardt Ave.
Sacramento

March 24, 7-8 p.m.
James Rutter Middle School
Cafeteria
7350 Palmer House Drive
Sacramento Read more » about School district plans four meetings in March to discuss finances

Kindergarten registration at CRES starts Friday

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[Corrected Nov. 30] Kindergarten registration for the 2011-12 school year will start on Friday, Dec. 3, at Cosumnes River Elementary School. Packets may be picked up at the school starting at 7:30 a.m. Students must be 5 years old on or before Dec. 2, 2011, to be registered. Read more » about Kindergarten registration at CRES starts Friday

Wind and rain and Harvest Festival fun all the same

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Clown in the rain

Square See 57 photos from the Harvest Festival

It was raining cats, dogs and clowns Sunday afternoon as hundreds of children and their parents turned out for the Cosumnes River Elementary School Harvest Festival, the annual event put on by the PTA. Inside the new school, it was dry and warm, with plenty of room for games, a costume contest, a haunted house and refreshments, even a cider press that produced the freshest apple cider ever. Event organizers setting up on Friday went to Plan B when the rain began. It was a good call -- the rain picked up on Saturday, and Sunday brought both wind and rain. The season's first storm may not be over yet. There's a 40 percent chance of rain on Monday.

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Your neighbors: Tennis, golf, classmates and lots of garlic

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It was a good month for winning at tennis, being a junior golfer, marking the journey from kindergarten to high school, writing a winning essay and planning a garlicky event. Catch up with your neighbors here. Read more » about Your neighbors: Tennis, golf, classmates and lots of garlic

Community celebrates CRES opening

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After 60 years, on its way to extinction

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CRES

The building that housed Cosumnes River Elementary School for more than 60 years is on the verge of demolition, and this week's removal of the large, multi-paned windows that defined the front make that clear. On Thursday, principal Mike Gulden, who was at the new facility being constructed next door, said he was struck by how insubstantial the old school looks without the windows. After demolition, a mountain of soil piled up behind the old school will be used to build playing fields to the level of the current portable classrooms on the site -- about 10 feet. The new school is slated to open for the start of the school year next month. A tour of the campus earlier this year is available here. Read more » about After 60 years, on its way to extinction

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