reconsiders 7-period day
The week of Sept. 6, 2008, the San Mateo Union High School District decided to create a committee of six members to evaluate all aspects of the seven-period day, including curriculum and financial.
The numbers of students taking advantage of the extra class rose in the prior two years from an overall of 41 percent to 48 percent. Capuchino and San Mateo high schools had the highest percentage of students enrolled at 64 percent and 62 percent respectively. In 2006, when the program was being discussed, it was projected a total of 35 percent of students would enroll in an additional period.
The six-member group was to consist of two teachers, two administrators and two board members.
Half Moon Bay bill
fails current session
After a bill drafted to save Half Moon Bay from an $18 million settlement failed to make it to the governor’s desk the week of Sept. 6, 2008, city officials said they had plans to reintroduce the bill.
City officials said they would begin working on a bill to be introduced on an urgency basis at the beginning of the next state legislative session. The bill’s aim was to satisfy the Beachwood settlement, an agreement that allows the city to ignore a $41 million federal judgment by allowing a property owner rights to build on the environmentally sensitive property.
Suit sparks turf testing
Not accurately warning communities about the levels of lead in fake grass was the center of a lawsuits filed against three artificial-turf companies — one of which installed three fields at local high schools in 2008, it was announced the week of Sept. 6, 2008.
Fields installed at Burlingame, Hillsdale and Aragon high schools were furnished by Field Turf USA, a Florida-based company named in a lawsuit filed by the California attorney general in the Alameda Superior Court that week. Field Turf USA was one of a number of companies selling fake turf in California without adequately noticing the public of potential exposure to lead — a chemical known to cause reproductive toxicity and cancer. Although the company provided tests showing safe levels of chemicals prior to installation, San Mateo Union High School District officials planned to test all artificial turf fields to ensure safety.
small overall gains
Students statewide and locally made small changes toward generally understanding grade level academics, according to the 2008 academic performance report released by the California Department of Education the week of Sept. 6, 2008.
The APR, which consists of three separate reports, is an annual report card for every school in the state. Many schools in San Mateo County are at or above the proficient marker, however, not everyone was making the grade. Gains were seen in all four of the major ethnic groups statewide.
North Star Academy in Redwood City retained its position with the highest score in the county — 988. It was followed by all four elementary schools within the Hillsborough City Elementary School District which boasted scores ranging from 972 to 983 — topped by North Hillsborough. On the other end of the spectrum, schools in the Ravenswood City Elementary School District posted the lowest scores ranging from 605 for the Stanford New School to 690 at Edison-Brentwood Elementary. Thirteen schools in the county, not counting small schools, scored in the 600s. Six of the schools were in Ravenswood.
From the archives highlights stories originally printed five years ago this week. It appears in the Friday edition of the Daily Journal.