In a unanimous vote, the governing board of the Southern Humboldt Unified School District approved last Thursday the hiring of a Eureka firm to install a new telephone and voice mail system at Redway Elementary.
In a two-page missive dated Aug. 15, the insurance carrier for the Southern Humboldt Unified School District issued what amounts to a warning: It will not cover any claims that result from the use of Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, at the district’s school sites.
Used properly, the portable electronic device can diagnose and treat the potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias known as ventricular fibrillations. It does so through the application of an electrical shock that allows the heart to reestablish its normal rhythm.
Contract talks between the Southern Humboldt Teachers Association and the Southern Humboldt Unified School District have stalled over the extent to which the district should cover teachers’ health care benefits, negotiators on both sides said last week.
There are also differences over how much of a salary increase, known as a cost of living adjustment, or COLA, teachers should receive. And the two sides are making different assertions about the amount of money the district has in reserve, with teachers claiming that it’s greater than the district is saying.
The Southern Humboldt Unified School District Board of Trustees were presented with updates on the plans to improve the gym at South Fork High School and to upgrade Redway School at a special meeting on May 26.
Architect Guy Fryer of Siskiyou Design Group was at the meeting accompanied by designers Seth Curry and Israel Salcedo, along with district contractor Dirk Dinsmore of Dinsmore Construction, to discuss the projects.
In a presentation to the board, Miranda Junior High School Associated Student Body officers Marian Del Rio, Franny Genolio, Mason Cabral and Byron Weston asked the board for permission to raise money to get lockers for Miranda Junior High and South Fork High Schools.
That’s the case for Chance McFarland, a South Fork High School sophomore who’s playing the lead character — Inspector Ruffing — in “Widdershins,” this year’s version of the annual spring play put on by the school’s Performing Arts Department. The play, an atmospheric murder mystery set in 1902 Great Britain, opens Thursday, May 19 at the Mateel Community Center.
But it turns out there’s another Coach Landry — Jeff Landry, a former football coach at College of the Redwoods who late last month was hired as the new principal at South Fork High School effective July 1.
At a retreat last June, the school board directed district administration to have all sixth-grade promotions occur during the school day, board president Dennis O’Sullivan said at a recent school board meeting.
An agency that administers tobacco tax-funded children’s programs states that Humboldt and Mendocino counties have the highest percentage in the state of adult residents who’ve had adverse childhood experiences.
At its April 19 meeting, the Board of Supervisors fielded an annual report from First 5 Humboldt, the commission that oversees spending of Proposition 10 tobacco tax revenue on children’s and families’ programs.
A staff restructuring at Miranda Junior High and South Fork High School, combined with the news that three teachers would be let go at the end of the school year, made for a stormy and lengthy school board meeting last Thursday.
One source of concern had to do with something that was slated to be voted on that night: a district proposal to eliminate two staff positions involving popular and longtime employees — a student services technician position at Miranda Junior High held by Donna Bowman and a similar position at South Fork held by Ann Constantino.
Scott was speaking the day after the district’s Board of Trustees gathered at South Fork High School last Thursday to discuss “facilities needs throughout the district,” as the agenda for the meeting put it.
During the public comment portion of the meeting people expressed concerns about the plan to cut a teacher position at Whitethorn next year due to a projected drop in enrollment. Support was requested in the form of teachers’ aides, and the parents pointed out the need for a custodian and a school secretary at the site.
Twenty-six students were busy at the Mateel Community Center creating music and collage last Tuesday. They are learning art through the SPARC (Spring Arts Collective) program that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school throughout March and April.