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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago

The Amador County School Board worked on a number of issues at its meeting Wenesday night, establishing a new scholarship fund and committee, as well as an update to the school district’s website.

The board approved the establishment of a new District Scholarship and Loan Fund and the formation of a District Scholarship Committee to administer the new fund, which will awards for excellence in academics or other endeavors. Committee members will include the principals or their representatives from Amador, Argonaut and Independence...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Two schools in the Amador County Unified School District, Jackson Elementary and Pine Grove STEM Magnet School, have received statewide recognitions. The award-winning schools were recently announced by State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson. The award reflects the schools’ “success in creating a positive learning atmosphere for students and is a direct result of dedicated, creative and talented staff, and a supportive school community,” Superintendent Torlakson said in a letter of congratulations to the winning schools. The... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
03/31/2016 12:07 PM

The Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees worked on a number of issues at its meeting Wednesday night, establishing a new scholarship fund and committee, as well as an update to the school district’s website.

The board approved the establishment of a new District Scholarship and Loan Fund and the formation of a District Scholarship Committee to administer the new fund and make awards for excellence in academics or other endeavors.

Committee members will include the principals or their representatives from...

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Caitlyn Schaap
03/31/2016 11:47 AM
Ryan Savage, left, finished second, and Vela Porto placed first in Amador County Public Schools’ 13th annual Spelling Bear. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Caitlyn Schaap

Amador County Public Schools hosted their 13th annual Spelling Bear for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students on Thursday, March 24, at the Jackson Civic Center. Competitors were students from Ione Elementary, Ione Junior High, Jackson Junior High, Jackson Elementary, Pine Grove Elementary, Plymouth Elementary, Sutter Creek Elementary and Pioneer Elementary. Twenty-four spellers in total competed, all of whom were top spellers at their respective schools’ competitions.

The pronouncer, or reader of the words to be spelled, was...

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Craig Baracco
03/10/2016 12:58 PM

Details of the Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees’ settlement with County Education Superintendent Dick Glock have come to light, as the board met Wednesday night to approve new English textbooks for the school district.

In an agreement approved at the previous school board meeting, Glock and the board agreed to a settlement in which Glock will reimburse the Amador County Office of Education $75,000 for legal fees, and make no change to the salary of $36,000 that the board had previously set for Glock as...

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Craig Baracco
02/25/2016 12:13 PM

On Wednesday night, The Amador County School District Board of Trustees announced that it had reached a settlement agreement with County Superintendent of Education Dick Glock.

Coming out a closed session, before the start of the evening’s regular meeting, ACUSD Board President Wally Upper announced that the board had approved a settlement with Glock. However, all discussion had been held in closed session and no details were revealed at press time.

At issue was Glock’s salary. The board had previously set Glock’s salary at...

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Craig Baracco
02/18/2016 12:23 PM
ACUSD Interim Superintendent Frank Porter. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Coming out of closed session at the end of last Wednesday night’s meeting, ACUSD School Board President Wally Upper announced that the board had voted to appoint Frank Porter to serve as interim head of the school district until June 30, 2017. Porter is former Superintendent of the Twin Rivers School District in Sacramento, a position he retired from in 2012. Porter has had a 37-year career in education and has worked as a teacher, principal, administrator and school district superintendent.

In other business, the board held a...

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Via Press Release
02/18/2016 9:29 AM

The Identity Theft Resource Center and Privacy Rights Clearing House want to alert all parents of school-aged children throughout California about a pending deadline to opt out on the potential release of their child’s sensitive personal identifying information. The deadline for parents and adult students to object to the disclosure of personal information and records is April 1, 2016.

Protect your child’s student records from being released by following these simple steps:

1) Visit cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26.pd...

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01/28/2016 12:32 PM
Achievement Awards: Skyler Guzman, Marina Dunlop, Ella Keller, McKenna Skiba, Austin Ewing, Clay Campbell, Lukas Hunter, Dakota Sanne, Avery Uselton, Brandon Miller, Josiah Sarmiento, Clinton Fage, Hayden Lawton, Jaylynn Hicks, Olivia Lewis, Daniel Grebe, Cydney Charnoski, Chloe McCoy, Declan Morgan, Cella Root, Kate Hicks, Taylor Karr, Isabella Messier, Tyler Jones, John Frachon, Brennan Furnari, Sage Smith, Hailey Hock, Thomas Forbes, Jesse Treat, Austin Lebel, Ezra Fosgate, Brianna Smith, Sierra Doyle, Alexis Haag, Emma Mayer,... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
12/17/2015 11:58 AM

The Amador County Unified School District has new leadership, after Wednesday night’s meeting of the Amador County School Board.

Following a lengthy closed session at the end of their regular meeting, Board President Walley Upper reported that the Board had voted 5-0 to accept the request of Interim School District Superintendent Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti to be assigned as classroom teacher. Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Tim Zearley is appointed to act as Interim Superintendent. Chapin-Pinotti has served as Interim...

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John Tuttle
12/17/2015 11:28 AM
Edward Alan Felenchak of Pioneer cultivated, processed and packaged the marijuana found at the school.

On the afternoon of December 8, a Jackson Police Officer responded to the report of a large quantity of marijuana found at Jackson Junior High School.

The officer responded and located approximately one pound of marijuana packaged in a clear plastic bag concealed at the upper field. The officer began an investigation and was able to identify a 12-year-old male student as being responsible for bringing the marijuana to school. The Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team (ACCNET) was contacted and a search warrant was...

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Craig Baracco
12/17/2015 11:26 AM

The Amador County Unified School District has new leadership, after Wednesday night’s meeting of the Amador County School Board.

Following a lengthy closed session at the end of their regular meeting, Board President Walley Upper reported that the Board had voted 5-0 to accept the request of Interim School District Superintendent Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti to be assigned as classroom teacher. Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Tim Zearley is appointed to act as Interim Superintendent. Chapin-Pinotti has served as Interim...

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Via Press Release
12/03/2015 12:51 PM
Argonaut High School’s cast of “A Christmas Carol.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Hearkening back to the “good old days,” when families gathered around the radio for their evening’s entertainment, the Drama and Band Departments of Argonaut High School are joining forces with Hometown Radio to broadcast a recorded-live performance of “A Christmas Carol” on KVGC 1340 AM, to be performed in front of a live audience on Friday night, December 18, in the Multi-Purpose Room of Argonaut High. The program is a one-hour dramatization of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, including a specially crafted music score and live sound... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
12/03/2015 12:49 PM

The following students at Sutter Creek Elementary received a Life Skills Award during their October assembly. The recipients of the award and category are as follows:

Sarah Autote, Responsibility; Brenden Beatty, Respect; Lucas Gamboa, Respect; Luke Gardner, Respect; Kelsey Patterson, Responsibility; Jasper Peterson, Respect; Jacklyn Acosta, Respect; Meghan Chernay, Responsibility; Mellanie Chernay, Respect; Mackenna Jenks, Responsibility; Cadence Lentz, Respect; Ian McMahan, Responsibility; Jeremy Chavez, Respect; Ethan Day,...

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Jack Mitchell
12/03/2015 12:15 PM
The silly scientists of Ms. Idamae Isotalo’s third grade class at Sutter Creek Primary. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Vinegar batteries from nails, clips, tinfoil and coins; floating buttons; bobbing bugs; answering which toothpaste kills bacteria the best; floating eggs; picking up ice cubes with string; which candy bars float; even hoverboards… This third grade science fair had it all.

The Sutter Creek Primary third graders were all on hand and in teaching mode at the annual science fair. Kindergarten, first and second graders visited booth after booth at the science fair held in the Sutter Creek Primary lunchroom. Fun and imaginative projects...

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Tessa Marguerite
11/19/2015 11:28 AM
Masked event attendees at the gala. Photo by Patrick Keene

The Amador Community College Foundation’s La Bella Notte Masquerade Ball was held November 7, in the Grand Oak Ballroom of the Jackson Rancheria Casino. The gala raised a total of $15,000. “We are giving $2,500 to scholarships for homeless CHS seniors to attend college of their choice as ACCF’s contribution to the Butte Fire Relief effort,” commented ACCF Secretary Karen Dickerson. “I am very proud of the efforts of ACCF and their dedication to community service.”

Local talent included Jake Guidi, Nichole Mulford and Kellsey Long...

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Craig Baracco
10/29/2015 12:08 PM
Children at Pioneer Elementary School recite the Pledge of Allegiance. ALD photo by Craig Baracco

The Amador County School Board held its regular meeting at a special location Wednesday night: Pioneer Elementary School. Pioneer Elementary, which has been designated a magnate school for visual and performing arts, welcomed the board members with a musical performance from the students. The school board has directed some of their meetings be held at school sites, to allow board members a chance to see students and facilities.

The board voted to accept a donation of $240,000 from the Andreason Scholarship Fund for use in college...

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Via Press Release
10/08/2015 11:56 AM

Have you wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation are realistic, what it really takes to work for the FBI, and what investigations are like? If you are a high school junior who attends school within the 34 California counties served by the FBI’s Sacramento field office, apply to find your answers at the Fall 2015 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy.

The Fall 2015 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy will occur Friday, November 20, at FBI Sacramento field office headquarters in North Sacramento. A limited number of...

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Via Press Release
09/24/2015 11:07 AM
Dylan Thompson, Sydney Thibodeaux and Parker Turnbeaugh. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Dylan Thompson, Sydney Thibodeaux and Parker Turnbeaugh of last year’s sixth grade class at Sutter Creek Elementary School all met the requirements to be listed on Honor Roll every quarter in 4th, 5th and 6th grade.

Because their names come at the end of the alphabet, they were listed on the second page of names submitted for the distinguished plaques given to students reaching this milestone. Somehow, the second page became unattached from the first page and these three were missed during the awards assembly.

The mistake...

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Craig Baracco
09/24/2015 11:02 AM

The Amador County School Board approved new employment contracts for non-teacher positions throughout the school district at their meeting Wednesday night, September 9.

The new contract, negotiated with California School Employees Association Chapter #239 applies to classified, or non-teaching positions in the District, such as bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria workers. The new contract applies a 4 percent increase in salary schedules for all positions, and increases the per-employee health benefit cap by $500. The contracts...

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