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3 weeks ago
Amy Slavensky. Photo courtesy to the Ledger Dispatch

The Amador County Unified School District Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of the next Superintendent of Schools. At its regularly scheduled September 14, 2016 meeting, the board will take action to approve the appointment of Amy L. Slavensky, Ph.D., beginning Oct. 1.

Slavensky comes to the ACUSD from the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento County, where she has served for the past five years as director of elementary/K-8 schools and early childhood education. She was responsible for supervision...

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08/25/2016 12:50 PM

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 20 years old is motor vehicle collisions. In order to address this alarming trend, the CHP developed a program called Start Smart, which is aimed at helping newly licensed and future licensed teenage drivers understand the critical responsibilities of driving and to understand that accidents do happen, but collisions are almost 100-percent preventable.

To provide teens and their parent/guardians with an interactive safe...

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Craig Baracco
08/26/2016 2:05 PM
Former Amador County School District Official Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti had her first day in court on Thursday, where she was arraigned on ten felony charges including conflict of interest, perjury and forgery in Amador Superior Court. Chapin-Pinotti is alleged to have fraudulently arranged for the School District to purchase textbooks and other material she herself had authored and had a financial interest in. Judge J.S. Hermanson presided and read off the ten individual charges. Chapin-Pinotti indicated that she understood the... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
08/11/2016 12:18 PM
Buffalo book bins bleed blue at Amador High School. Photo by Eric Winslow

Amador County Schools started their first day back to school on Monday, August 8. Besides the excitement of seeing old friends, meeting new teachers, and embarking upon the journey of learning, some students at the County's two high schools have encountered their first major logistical obstacle. The high schools apparently do not have enough lockers to accommodate all the enrolled students.

One distraught mother, wishing to remain anonymous, called the offices of the Amador Ledger Dispatch with an emotional report about her...

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Eric Winslow
08/11/2016 11:51 AM
"Ariel Tanner thought she knew who she was...until the darkness descended." So begins the promotional trailer for "Marshall's Landing," a youth novel by Amador County author, teacher and educator Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti. The novel is about a local girl who must do battle with demonic forces ensconced in the County's defunct gold-rush era mines. Little did Pinotti know when writing these words, that they foreshadowed a darkness that would be her own, limned by the walls an Amador County jail cell. For all that, some Amador residents... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
08/04/2016 3:32 PM
A solar array at American Canyon High School is similar to the one intended for Argonaut. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Amador County School District is considering a large-scale energy efficiency plan that would, among several other programs, bring a small solar power farm to the Argonaut High School campus. At their meeting on Wednesday, July 27, the Amador County School Board heard a presentation from consultants Opterra Energy Services on a comprehensive energy efficiency plan for the Amador School District. The plan includes upgrades to various aspects of the school facility’s lighting systems, heating and air conditioning units, including... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
07/28/2016 11:48 AM
Amador County Office of Education superintendent Dick Glock. ALD photo by Tessa Marguerite
In a two-page letter dated July 26, 2016, Amador County Superintendent of Schools, Dick Glock, articulated his reply to several challenges put forth by Amador County trustees regarding Glock's unprecedented move to contract a "Deputy County Superintendent of Schools" at a salary $150,000 per year. "The position is needed," wrote Glock who claimed that "as the independent Amador County Superintendent of Schools, I need access to administrator-level support employed in the County Office of Education. I have none in this area. The new... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
07/21/2016 11:29 AM
Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
A six-figure income normally compensates the efforts of society's best doctors, lawyers and software engineers. But if the Superintendent of the Amador County Office of Education, Dick Glock, gets his way, the annual sum of $150,000 plus benefits will be awarded to a former Amador County Office of Education employee to occupy the newly-created position of "Deputy Superintendent," a job title which not only has never been necessary in this County, but which lacks any job description or list of duties in a contract signed on May 24,... [Read more]
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07/21/2016 12:48 PM

The Amador County School Board is seeking interested candidates who would like to serve on the Board of Trustees as the District 1 representative. District 1 Board representative Joel Mottishaw resigned effective July 8 from the Board of Trustees to have more time with his family. In accordance with the legal guidelines, the Board is proceeding with the process of making a provisional appointment to the District 1 seat.

The Board encourages interested citizens and registered voters in District 1 to consider applying to become a...

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Jerry Budrick
07/19/2016 10:08 AM

Amador County School Board of Trustees Seeks Board Candidates

The Amador County School Board is seeking interested candidates who would like to serve on the Board of Trustees as the District 1 representative. District 1 Board representative Joel Mottishaw resigned effective July 8 from the Board of Trustees to have more time with his family. In accordance with the legal guidelines, the Board is proceeding with the process of making a provisional appointment to the District 1 seat.

The Board encourages interested citizens and...

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Craig Baracco
06/30/2016 1:22 PM

The Amador County School Board has begun to formulate its official response to the just-released Grand Jury Report, but board member Bob Laurent is already highly critical of the Grand Jury and its investigation.

Speaking during board member reports at Wednesday night’s school board meeting, Laurent recited a long list of issues he had with the Grand Jury report process, saying that it didn’t appear that the Grand Jury members seemed at all familiar with how the school board conducted its business. Laurent called many of the...

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Jerry Budrick
06/29/2016 11:47 AM

The Amador County Unified School District is conducting a statewide search for a new, permanent, full-time Superintendent. The Board of Trustees posted an on-line Superintendent Search survey two weeks ago on their website. This is a reminder that an on-line survey is available thru July 1 on the ACUSD website, at amadorcoe.org. A report of the comments and the survey results will be shared with the Amador County Board of Trustees and used to develop the superintendent recruitment criteria.

Community input is an essential...

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John Tuttle
06/09/2016 12:09 PM
Multiple scholarship winner Dahkota Brown, graduating from Argonaut High School, grabs a sip from the bottle made by one of his scholarship benefactors. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Argonaut High School senior Dahkota Brown, of Jackson, has been named a winner of the 2016 Hollister Anti-Bullying Scholarship Award, provided by the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation and Hollister Co, a brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Brown recalls being ridiculed for his appreciation of his Miwok, Concow and Yuki heritage as a third-grader. He explains that by the eighth grade, he had become accustomed to overlooking offensive statements made during competitive events against teams with race-based mascots,...

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Jack Mitchell
06/09/2016 12:26 PM
Visit the Amador Ledger Dispatch Facebook page for more photos of the Class of 2016 graduation ceremonies.Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Jack Mitchell and courtesy of Craig Conrardy

On Friday, June 3, the Class of 2016 for Argonaut High School and Amador High School lined up for one last time at their respective athletic fields and began their processsion to meet families and friends and receive their diplomas.

There was plenty of laughter, tears and emotions for students and families. It was bittersweet for many of the students from both high schools. Many have been friends since as long as they can remember, traversing the Amador County Unified School District, attending elementary and junior high, and now...

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Jack Mitchell
06/02/2016 1:15 PM

On behalf of the Amador Community College Foundation, Supervisor Lynn Morgan presented scholarships last night to Butte Fire victims at Calaveras High School. Scholarships were presented to Mary Anne Linneman attending CSU Stanislaus; Cole Bausch attending Cabrillo Community College; Madeline De Angelis attending Cabrillo Community College; Caleb Bolton attending UC Davis; and Madeline Lambert attending Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo!

These students lost their homes in the Butte Fire last fall. ACCF was pleased to award these scholarshi...

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Via Press Release
06/02/2016 1:17 PM

Sarah Autote,Haley Beach, Carter Brashear, Cole Campbell, Lilly Carson, Carson Debeaubien, Shanna Dhaliwal, Ava Eggers, Ian Gillott, Luke Gardner, Gavin Grau, Aaralyn Hanson, Ryan Hollingsworth, Nathan Khattar, Alaine Kiekhaefer, Nolan McMahan, Joseph Moreno, Tabitha Lopez-Rosales, Kayla-Wakalee Parker, Kelsey Patterson, Jasper Peterson, Isabella Reagan, Riley Ristrom, Lukas Sherman, Felix Somary, Claire Tearpak, Caleb Thompson, Alaina Valenca-Smith, Brooke Wages.

5th Grade:

Tiana Bailey-Reed, Anthony Baldenegro,Christian...

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Jack Mitchell
06/02/2016 1:04 PM

PG&E did an excellent presentation on electrical education and safety for Ione Elementary. It was one of the best presentations we’ve had this year. Ryan Dorris from PG&E did the presentation with help from Drew Machi and Cory Henness.

After the presentation, PG&E hosted a pizza party for all fourth graders who made honor roll all four times.

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Craig Baracco
05/26/2016 12:36 PM
High school seniors were presented with Community Service Block Letters at the School Board meeting in recognition of there dedication to serving the community. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

In a sign of improving economic times, the Amador School Board has voted to lift a transportation fee for students at their meeting Wednesday night.

First implemented in the 2008-2009 fiscal year as the recession caused a massive downturn in revenue for the School District, the bus passes sold by the District would guarantee each paying student a seat on a bus route, with a standard pass costing $150 for one student for a school year. The District raised $29,000 from the fee last year and the District will make up the money from...

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05/26/2016 1:14 PM
Photo courtesy to Nexus Youth and Family Services
Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson sentenced 3 people for driving under the influence of alcohol before more than 300 students, faculty and community members during an assembly at Argonaut High School on May 24, 2016. These actual court proceedings took place in the Argonaut High School gymnasium as part of an innovative strategy to help reduce community alcohol problems, including motor vehicle crashes. During the assembly students witnessed the legal implication of drinking and driving, and learned about the consequences of... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
05/19/2016 2:06 PM
Jackson’s Grocery Outlet has announced “Fresh Fridays!” Anyone with a local teacher who deserves to be surprised with fresh fruit for his or her classroom this Friday should nominate him or her today with the Jackson Grocery Outlet’s new, “Feed a Classroom Contest.” Every Wednesday, on Facebook, and all month long, in the store, Jackson’s Grocery Outlet will be accepting submissions. On Friday morning, they’ll count up the votes and the teacher with the most votes wins fresh fruit for his or her class. [Read more]
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