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1 week ago

Local high schools produced mixed results with graduation rates and other high school stats. The California Department of Education recently released their 2014 stats for high schools across the state.

The state-wide average graduation rate, which measures the percentage of students who finished all four years of high school, was 81 percent. Compared to that, Amador High netted an 86 percent rate, Calaveras a 95 percent, Argonaut a 96 percent and Bret Harte came in at 99 percent.

Calaveras and Bret Harte’s numbers were up...

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2 weeks ago

On August 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a community meeting in Jackson to provide updates and answer questions about the ongoing environmental investigation and cleanup work.

The Argonaut Mine Site is a 90-acre historical gold mine and tailings disposal area. As a result of years of mining operations, the site’s soils contain high levels of arsenic, lead and mercury. EPA is working to minimize immediate threats of exposure to high levels of metal contaminants.

Many residents may have noticed the...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
Amador County Superintendent of Education, Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

The Amador School Board has voted to set the salary of County Superintendent of Education Dick Glock, even as efforts continue to recall him from office.

At Wednesday night’s meeting, the Amador School Board of Directors voted to pay Glock $36,000 per year for his services as County Superintendent of Education. The reasoning for this amount, as explained by Board President Wally Upper is that the County Office of Education budget is 25 percent of the School District Budget and that Glock should receive 25 percent of what he made...

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Eric Winslow
07/23/2015 10:54 AM
Last year’s Paris themed gala to raise support for the Amador County College Foundation. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

After an initial closed session lasting about an hour, the Board of Directors of the Amador County College Foundation held their regular monthly open session on July 16. The directors welcomed the public and made introductions, then got down to the important task of discussing bank balances, bookkeeping and budgets, among other business.

A contract with Amador County Behavioral Health Services has been approved by the Board of Supervisors for $22,000 in Mental Health Services Act Funds for the ACCF’s Career Pathway in Public...

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John Tuttle
07/16/2015 9:46 AM
A happy group of NERDS pose for a photo at the White House. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) sent five of our Amador County youth to DC last week to work with Government Officials and leaders at the historical first ever, White House Tribal Youth Gathering. NERDS Founder Dahkota Brown and his brother Dahlton Brown, who serves as his partner at the nonprofit, were able to obtain help with planning and travel arrangements thanks to The Center for Native American Youth and a generous donation from Adam Dalton of the Jackson Band of Miwuk Indians to allow the the additional... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
07/16/2015 9:37 AM
Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Amador County Superintendent of Education Dick Glock has taken legal action against the County Board of Education, seeking to increase his salary, and has sent the legal bill for the law firm representing him in the matter to the County Office of Education.

Glock filed in Amador Superior Court on July 10 for a Writ of Mandate, seeking to increase his salary as Superintendent of Education. A writ of Mandate is a legal term for a court order instructing a government official or agency to take a certain action. Responding to a...

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Via Press Release
07/09/2015 10:04 AM
At Ag Day this year, 178 elementary school students attended, and 57 high school students taught them about agriculture. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Campaign for Business & Education Excellence chose Amador High School, Plymouth Elementary and Jackson Junior High as an Honor Roll Schools.

After an extensive analysis of student data for every public school and district in California, these schools stood above the rest in getting students to grade level proficiency and beyond.

As one of the CBEE Honor Roll Schools for 2014, they will be featured on the CBEE website and receive a banner to be displayed on campus.

Each year, CBEE presents this award to individual...

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Via Press Release
07/09/2015 9:43 AM
Kelly Hunkins is Argonaut High School’s new principal. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
The students at Argonaut High School now have a new principal. Kelly Hunkins was recently appointed principal of Argonaut, and is looking forward to working with teachers, students, staff and parents to develop plans for the future of the school. “Argonaut is currently a fantastic place to learn and I feel fortunate to have been chosen to lead the Mustangs during this special time in education. It will be exciting for us all to work together to infuse the school learning environment with 21st century skills.” Some of her priorities... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
06/25/2015 1:01 PM

“Summer of Creativity Grants are now available for young, would-be changemakers, as part of an effort by the Disney/ABC Television Group which seeks to support 125 youth-led service projects with $500 grants.

As school lets out for the summer, Youth Service America is calling on kids to make this a “Summer of Creativity.” YSA will award Summer of Creativity Grants to young people who have ideas and projects that positively impact their community.

Youth ages 5-18 in the U.S. are eligible to apply for Summer of Creativity Grants...

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Craig Baracco
06/25/2015 12:53 PM
Elizabeth Chapin Pinotti Photo courtesy to the ALD
The Amador County School Board has appointed an Interim Superintendent and set a new salary for the Superintendent of the County Office of Education. Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti has been appointed to serve as Interim Superintendent of the Amador County School District. Chapin-Pinotti has worked as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for eight years and has been with the school district for twelve years. The board voted that she receive an additional stipend of $2,000 per month, in addition to her current salary. The... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
06/25/2015 12:57 PM

Timothy Albrecht, Andrew Alcoriza, Savannah Allgeyer, Jasmine Alorro, Kaylie Baker, Connor Crosby, Estefani Franco-Aguayo, Elektra Hudson, Logan Manner, Aiden Moody, Anthony Pimentel, Callie Tanner, Chloe Traxler, Thomas Mike

Fifth Grade

Shylin Allen, Ashley Bethel, Madison Atwood, Magdalena Bilberry, Ryan Billingsley, Madalynn Carges, Natalie Bordwell, Tonya Chronis, Sammy Clinton, Emma Cranfill, Colby Eckhart, Macie Fraser, Alexis Harmon, Mya Manner, Sam Moore, Dylan Randolph, Kylie Shaw, Gwen Church, Megan Stacy, Cosette...

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John Tuttle
06/18/2015 10:01 AM

An interactive map showing places where low income families can take their hungry children for free meals this summer has been posted online by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. The map can be found on the California Department of Education’s updated 2015 Summer Meal Service Sites interactive Web map at cde.ca.gov/ds/sh/sn/summersites15.asp. The information is also accessible by calling (800) 952-5609, option 3.

“Only one in five low-income children who eat subsidized meals during the school year are taking...

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Craig Baracco
06/11/2015 10:38 AM
Superintendent Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
County Superintendent of Education Dick Glock now faces a recall signature drive. At Wednesday night’s meeting of the Amador School Board, Brenda Wilson, organizer of the recall effort, spoke about her efforts during the public comment period. Wilson intended to serve Glock with the recall notice, but he was absent from the meeting due to a death in his family. Supporters of the recall now need to gather signatures from 20 percent of the registered voters in the county, about 4,300, to force a recall election. Glock’s tenure as... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
06/04/2015 10:59 AM
The Sutter Creek City Council considers the various possible uses for the historic grammar school. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

This week, the Sutter Creek City Council approved an update to the housing element of its general plan and discussed future possible uses of the historic grammar school.

The city’s housing element, which both catalogs existing housing stock and sets policy for development of new housing going forward, was approved on a unanimous vote. Council-member Robin Peters praised the update effort for its low cost relative to previous efforts to update the housing element. Cities and counties are required to update their housing element on...

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Craig Baracco
06/04/2015 10:57 AM
Argonaut Principal Dave Vicari. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Faced with critical decisions on leadership positions in the school district, the Amador County Unified School Board of Trustees took no action at their last meeting.

Current Argonaut High school principal Dave Vicari’s is departing at the end of the school year to take a position as director of personnel at the district office. Filling the principal position has attracted community interest. With the Argonaut principal position on its agenda, the board met for an extended period of time in closed session, where decisions on...

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Eric Winslow
06/04/2015 10:55 AM
Congressman Tom McClintock (center) sits with Karen Dickerson (right) and Amador Supervisor John Plasse. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow
In a lively exchange via Interactive Television (ITV), U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock of California’s 4th District paid a visit to the Amador County Transportation Commission, near the Transit Center at Sutter Hill, last Thursday. McClintock was hoping to learn more about the enormous potential of the interactive technology to make higher education locally available. Amador Supervisor, 1st District, and executive director of the ACTC, John Plasse, along with a group of his fellow ACCF Board Members, welcomed the congressman to the... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
06/04/2015 10:48 AM

Fourth Grade:

Tiana Bailey-Reed, Bryson Barbero, Brenden Beatty, Lucas Burns, Jack Caler, Nathan Cambra, London Earnest, Gianna Filmore, Hannah Forsyth, Lucas Camboa, Chloe Giannini, Kyleigh Gibbons, Chase Gilmore, Luke Hermonson, Morgan Holmes, Amber-Lynn Ibarra, Jack Koll, Ronan Lai, Emma Lee, Angelina March-Hinton, Kaylee Mauck, Hailey McNabb, Jessica McPartland, Maddie Nicholson, Gabby Pace, Elysa Randall, Mason Reagan, Juan Sanchez-Valencia, Noah Smalley, Maverick Smith, Natalie Snider, Carson Soja, Cela Somary, Jakob...

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Tessa Marguerite
06/04/2015 10:30 AM
Current Superintendent Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Superintendent Dick Glock speaks out on his dismissal as District Superintendent.

On May 13, the Amador County Unified School District Board voted to non-renew the contract of District Superintendent Dick Glock. Glock has held the position as District Superintendent for eight years. His official last day as Superintendent of ACUSD will be June 27. However, he will remain in his elected position as Superintendent of Amador County Office of Education. As a formality since unification in the early 80’s, the current appointed School...

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Via Press Release
05/28/2015 10:15 AM
13-year-old Cole Hermanson working on his Eagle Scout Project. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
In March of 2014, Mr. Dennis Price, a liaison for student programs at The Kennedy Mine, approached a young Boy Scout with Troop 63 in Sutter Creek about developing a Western Bluebird trail at the Kennedy Mine. Taking the proposal under consideration as a possible Eagle project, 13-year-old Cole Hermanson approached scout leaders for the project approval and then did a formal presentation for The Kennedy Mine Board. Following the required permissions and approvals, Hermanson independently solicited several local businesses for project... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
05/28/2015 10:08 AM
Daniel Savoie. Photo by Brittaney Alysse

Elizabeth King and Daniel Savoie were each awarded $1,000 Artists Scholarships during Amador High School’s Awards Night. The scholarships came from AmadorArts, whose scholarship committee was impressed by Elizabeth’s skills in the visual arts and Daniel’s enthusiasm for sustainable architecture.

Elizabeth King has been taking Art courses all four year of high school, including two years of ceramics. When she entered work in the Amador County Fair, she won Best of Show and Best of Division’ plus multiple first place ribbons....

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