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Santa Rosa Resident Awarded National Merit Scholarship

SANTA ROSA, CA — A Santa Rosa resident has been named a National Merit Scholar and will receive a scholarship for their college undergraduate study. National Merit Scholar Schuyler Jones, who attends Stevenson School Pebble Beach, was among a group of 3,100 winners announced Wednesday. The scholars will be awarded between $500 and $2,000 annually… Keep Reading

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What’s going on with graduation?

Cloverdale High School’s graduation and Washington School’s promotion are both moving forward for an in-person celebration, but the specifics of what it will look like will be largely dependent on where the county sits in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier system. “It’s a nail-biter because it does matter whether we’re in yellow… Keep Reading

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Lakeport Unified School Board appoints new member

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The Lakeport Unified School District Board of Trustees on Thursday night selected its newest member. During its regular meeting, held at the Marge Alakszay Center on the district campus, the board selected Jennifer Williams-Richardson to fill a board vacancy created last month when Trustee Jeannie Markham moved to Oregon. Williams-Richardson was… Keep Reading

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New challenges arise for educator vaccines

In a letter dated March 5, the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) outlined the continuing and new challenges they are facing in their effort to vaccinate the county’s school employee workforce. “As with so many things in the age of COVID-19, the vaccination rollout is complicated and subject to changes and setbacks. These delays… Keep Reading

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1,500 Additional Vaccines Secured For Santa Rosa City Schools

SANTA ROSA, CA — Officials at Santa Rosa City Schools have obtained an additional 1,500 doses of the COVID vaccine for school employees, which will allow the district to vaccinate staff before it reopens in-person K-6 elementary schools on April 1. That date had been put in jeopardy, after a vaccination shortage caused the Sonoma… Keep Reading

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Thumbs up: A chance to streamline schools

Sonoma County has 40 school districts, as many as Napa, Marin and Mendocino counties combined. In fact, only four of California’s 58 counties have more school districts than Sonoma County. One of those is Los Angeles County — population 9.8 million, including about 1.4 million K-12 students. Each school district has administrative responsibilities — budgeting,… Keep Reading

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Santa Rosa City Schools vow to be ready to open classrooms March 1

Santa Rosa City Schools Superintendent Diann Kitamura vowed that classrooms will be ready to welcome the district’s youngest students by March 1 — a milestone that could mark the nearly one-year anniversary of all campuses in the district and across Sonoma County being shuttered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. But the district’s plan… Keep Reading

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Virus surge threatens Santa Rosa’s school return plan

The return-to-school plan crafted by Sonoma County’s largest school district has run straight into the teeth of the fastest increase in coronavirus cases yet experienced in California — a surge Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said threatens to overwhelm health care systems and could lead to “catastrophic outcomes.” Santa Rosa City Schools, which was on… Keep Reading

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