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2008-08-23 15:00:30

By DANI MCCLAIN A new group calling itself the Milwaukee Quality Education Initiative has joined the accelerating, behind-the-scenes conversations about the future of the city's schools, and is hosting a retreat this weekend at the Wingspread Conference Center in Racine. The group's goal is to brainstorm ways to improve K-12 education in the city, including public, voucher and charter schools, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce President Tim Sheehy said Friday. "We didn't...

2008-08-22 03:00:37

By Caroline An PASADENA - The first plans to streamline the 28 schools in the Pasadena Unified School District are outlined in recommendations released this week by the district's facilities committee. The initial recommendations include converting the district's K- 6 and several K-8 schools to K-5. The plan also suggested ways for joint city and school district recreation usage and provided several alternate sites where the PUSD district office could move, including the Upper Campus...

2008-08-21 15:00:58

By Brian Bowling Gateway School District wants to add six classrooms and expand the library at Moss Side Elementary because the school needs permanent spaces for its art and music programs, school officials said. A study by Architectural Innovations of Ross shows that the school has a fluctuating population because the area it serves includes a large number of rental properties. The school has had to use a portable computer lab, and has converted its art and music rooms into regular...

2008-08-20 21:00:31

By Gzedit OF COURSE, Kanawha County schools feel the pain of higher gas prices, just like everyone else. But it does not necessarily follow that cutting art-related field trips is the best way to balance the need to educate students with the need to cut costs. Indeed, after Superintendent Ron Duerring decreed that future field trip approvals will favor those with strong ties to science, social studies, reading or math, the county's transportation director couldn't even say how much...

2008-08-20 12:00:50

By ANDREA EGER Keith Ballard could be introduced as Tulsa's new superintendent at a Monday school board meeting. The executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and former superintendent at Claremore and Oologah would begin as a part-time consultant for Tulsa Public Schools and then take over as superintendent when Michael Zolkoski leaves in October, if the school board approves Ballard's employment and consulting contracts. The board meeting is set for 7 p.m....

2008-08-20 00:00:33

By AJ Panian The Ligonier Valley school district has developed a special way of saving money. Because the district started making use of its employees and independent hires to teach special needs education in 2005 instead of doing so through the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, it has saved about one-third of the cost of using the regional education service agency to provide it, said Mary Beth Rauch, the district's special needs education coordinator, in a presentation Monday to the school...

2008-08-17 21:00:46

By Debbie Swenson As a current school-board member and a candidate for state Legislature, I feel a need to respond to the column by John Florez titled "Parents/taxpayers should hold schools accountable" (Aug. 11). Mr. Florez is absolutely right when he said parents should stop thinking of themselves as the students they once were and become the customer and consumer that they are when it comes to their child's education. I have often heard of parents who feel powerless and intimidated by...

2008-08-14 21:00:24

By Phyllis Coulter NORMAL - Where students will go to school, when, and how they will get there starting in fall 2009 are issues the Unit 5 school district will get public input about in the coming months. School board members talked Wednesday about plans for redistricting - reassigning where students in various neighborhoods go to school - and a busing system that could change school start times. Redistricting, which would be needed when two new elementary schools open in 2010, could...

2008-08-14 18:00:37

By JOYCE HULETT Q: What qualities should the school board require of a superintendent of schools? A: The superintendent of schools must be a people person who will make an effort to be a high-profile person in the community. This person must participate in organizations that better the community. The superintendent must be willing to talk with journalists. Interviews should be welcomed. Reporters for print, radio and television expect to interview the superintendent, not assistants....

2008-08-13 18:00:00

By Robyn Meadows The plan to build new district offices inside Bucher Elementary School is one item of many the Manheim Township School Board will consider this week. After a month's break, the school board will meet for a workshop at 7:30 Thursday night at the district office. The board will either hear information on or discuss the following: A Blueprints on converting part of Bucher Elementary School into district offices - an idea which has been controversial among a large number...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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