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Tessa Marguerite
2 hours ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
The Amador County Office of Education and Amador County Unified School District avow, “We strive to ensure that every student in Amador County receives a quality education.” However, some of those employed for the ACUSD, specifically teachers, feel that they, who are directly involved in the students’ education, are not being respected or treated fairly. A teacher at Argonaut High School observed, “Our goals are to provide the best opportunities for our students.” However, with the low pay and disrespect that many teachers consider... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
7 days ago
Two Sonora High School students have been arrested on sexual misconduct charges said the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department.

According to a CCSD press release issued today, Friday, August 22, the two juveniles, whose names were not released due to their age, were taken into custody at 11:30 a.m. yesterday in connection with an alleged sexual assault charge stemming from a June 21 incident.

The alleged sexual assault occurred on the 600 block of Skyline Drive in Tamarack during a juvenile party. The juveniles were...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
The Fall Children’s Studio Program will start on Sept. 2, and continue through Dec. 18. The program follows the school calendar, and will thus be closed on school holidays: Oct. 13 through 17 (Fall break) and Nov. 25 through 28 (Thanksgiving week).

The cost of the art classes is $40 per month per child, or $60 per month for two children in the same family. Art classes are offered after school for children K through grade 8, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and 4 to 5 p.m. Homeschool classes may be...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Board member Rose Oneto and board clerk Mary Walser address Grand Jury allegations at Wednesday's public meeting. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
The Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees held a public meeting on Wednesday morning of this week to form a response to the allegations and complaints of violations of proper conduct in the Grand Jury’s Final Report. The board must respond to Amador County Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson no later than September 22.

Many of the findings of the Grand Jury alege violations of the Brown Act, the most recent occurring in May 2014. No legal counsel was present at the meeting. A former Grand Jury member commented,...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Board president Wally Upper at the ACUSD board meeting on August 20, 2014. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
At its July 23 meeting, the Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees gave Superintendent Dick Glock direction to contact past board members and former school administrators, in order to form an ad hoc committee. The purpose of the committee would be to prepare a report for the Amador County Civil Grand Jury in response to certain allegations made against the board.

At this week’s board meeting, on Wednesday, August 13, Glock began by stating that since the previous meeting on July 23, he had contacted six potential...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
Photo by Michelle Melnizek
Come September, enjoy a get-away weekend in Amador County, combining a glimpse into artists’ lives admidst picturesque scenery and small-town charm. Wander at your own pace through working studios and visit with artists who have grouped together so you can see a variety of styles and media in one place.

For the seventh year, the Amador County Artists Association is sponsoring the Artists Open Studios Tour. On Sept. 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a variety of locations will be open for visitors, featuring 25 artists, including...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
Kohl’s Department Stores recently announced the 10 national winners of the Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program. These exceptional youth, ranging in age from six to 18, are the recipients of a total of $10,000 in scholarships each for higher education. In addition to the scholarships, Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization of each winner’s choice.

Dahkota Brown, 15, of Jackson, was chosen as one of the 10 winners nationwide.

After learning that Native American teens have the highest suicide rates and the highest...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
Jessica Dorris is Amador High School's new Vice Principal
This school year, Amador High welcomes new Vice Principal Jessica (Davey) Dorris, who has been a Jackson resident since 1994 and graduated from Amador High School in 1998. She is married to Drew Dorris, also a graduate of Amador High School, and they have one son, Ben, who attends Jackson Elementary School. As the new Vice Principal, Jessica Dorris will assist in leading the Amador Buffalos into the 2014-2015 school year and beyond.

Dorris built her career on the needs of schools. When she began, she was, “amazed with all the work...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
With the start of school fast approaching, El Dorado County Public Health and school officials are reminding parents of a new requirement affecting student immunizations. AB 2109, a California law that went into effect January 1, 2014, requires parents or legal guardians who wish to waive immunizations for their child to first receive education on immunizations from a health care provider and complete a new exemption form.

The new law affects students entering child care or kindergarten, or advancing into the 7th grade, as well as...

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Tessa Marguerite
07/31/2014 12:11 PM
Pat Miller will retire from the school board at the end of this year's term
Last year, the 2013-14 Amador County Civil Grand Jury received several complaints of alleged violations of Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees’ procedures and conduct. The Grand Jury investigated the allegations, and recently submitted its findings in a final report to the ACUSD. The school board now has until September 22 to respond to those findings.

Superintendent Dick Glock suggested forming an ad hoc committee of former board members, current board members and/or school administrators to respond in a formal...

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Via Press Release
07/27/2014 11:38 AM
Soroptimist International of Amador County is committed to improving the lives of women and children.

Our local chapter supports the Live Your Dream Scholarship. We offer a cash reward of $3,000 to a woman who provides the primary financial support for herself and/or her family. The woman must be enrolled in a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. The money can be used to offset any costs associated with her efforts to attain a higher education.

To apply for this scholarship, please call Laura,...

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Tessa Marguerite
07/25/2014 9:59 AM
Participating in last Friday’s dedication ceremony at the Amador Centers for Higher Education were, from left, State Senator Tom Berryhill, Amador Supervisor John Plasse, State Assembly Member Frank Bigelow, and Supervisors Ted Novelli and Brian Oneto. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
Last Friday, the Amador Community College Foundation was visited by California Assemblyman Frank Bigelow and Senator Tom Berryhill. Bigelow represents District 5, encompassing the Gold Country and the central Sierra Nevada. Berryhill represents District 14, and this is his fourth year serving in the California Senate.

The occasion was a dedication ceremony at the Amador Centers for Higher Learning and it brought out supporters of the ACCF, as well as some local political figures. John Plasse, District 1 Supervisor and ACCF Board...

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Walter Guerra
07/24/2014 12:12 PM
Chris Tootle, band teacher for the past nine years at Amador High School, and Jeremy White, Argonaut High School’s band teacher of two years, both resigned this week and are moving to different districts to teach band. At this time, there is no word on who will replace these two, or even if a replacement is needed.

Tootle said he feels comfortable leaving the band program, because he has achieved the goals of growing the band program which he set out to achieve. His contribution to the recent success of the Amador Band and, until...

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Carolyn Schmitz
07/25/2014 11:50 AM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by B. Huston-Fisher
Save the date of Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for the innagural Rail Road Flat Fall Festival. This event is presented by The Friends of Rail Road Flat School, a nonprofit group dedicated to enriching the lives of the students and community of Rail Road Flat. All proceeds directly benefit students at Rail Road Flat Elementary through the Enrichment Program, services and outreach.

The Free Admission Carnival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carnival activities include game booths, run by various community and school...

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Via Press Release
07/19/2014 10:53 AM
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The Amador Learning Center staff is available to help new and returning college students register and enroll for online and iTV (interactive Television) Summer/Fall classes 2014 at Coastline Community College, Alan Hancock College, Foothill College and Folsom Lake College.

The Amador Learning Center facilitates access to more than 100 online degree and certificate programs, including options for the new associate degrees for transfer to California State University and University of California campuses.

ALC provides mentoring,...

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Matthew Hedger
07/17/2014 5:35 PM
Here's what happens when Argonaut Cheerleaders hit the pool. Thanks to Diane "Pinger" Wratten for the photos. [Read more]
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Via Press Release
07/11/2014 12:35 PM
NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) is offering summer school for Native students lacking required credits to graduate with their class and on time.

A classroom has been secured and BYU online courses, a tutor, computers and healthy food for meals three days a week are being provided.

Cost of this summer program, for 15 students, is $6,000, of which 50 percent has been raised.

More funding is needed to provide educational services to an additional seven students in need of starting their courses this week....

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Tessa Marguerite
07/03/2014 10:38 AM
Amador High School’s Performing Arts program is hanging on, but just barely. This last year, the department financially supported a full year of dance, with instructor Caitlin Rubini; the Fall semester of musical theater, with musical director Anne Pearce and choreographer Caitlin Rubini; and the Spring semester of Glee, with instructor Kate Hamon. In addition, it covered the cost of musicians Joe Bellamy, Steve Chambers and Steve Zalkind for the musical.

The total cost for the services of these outstanding individuals was a...

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Jenny Price
07/03/2014 10:58 AM
CEO of Amador County Fair Troy Bowers (Right), and Special Project Manager Richard Prima converse before the meeting, June 26. Photo by Tessa Marguerite

At last week’s Plymouth City Council meeting, a request was made on behalf of the Amador County Fairgrounds for an adjustment to the wastewater charge, reducing it from the present 24 EDU’s (equivalent dwelling units) to 10 EDU’s. Richard Prima, Plymouth resident and special project manager, addressed the council with information to support the request, including water system...

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Tessa Marguerite
06/27/2014 9:31 AM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

At their meeting Wednesday night, the five members of the board of the Amador County Unified School District unanimously approved the 2014-15 budget, and passed Amador County’s first Local Control Accountability Plan. The LCAP Goal 1 is $674,100, which is expected to help fund pay increases for all employees in the district.

“I was surprised to find out about the pay raise at a meeting on Monday of this week,” Amador High School teacher Greg Wall told the board. He then appealed...

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