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Proposed rules for pesticide use near schools diluted

Mar 16, 2017
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This week the state released revisions to its rules for pesticide use near schools, and the revisions are not what many residents in the Salinas Valley were hoping for. In December, hundreds of Salinas parents, health workers and educators attended a four-hour hearing to urge the state’s pesticide regulator to change the rules. 

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Central Coast schools are experiencing teacher shortages, connected to a larger statewide - and national - phenomenon of fewer people going into the profession.

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Friday is the deadline for public comment on a proposed statewide rule change affecting pesticide use near schools and day care centers. The proposed regulation would limit pesticide applications to non-school hours and weekends on fields within a quarter mile of campuses. In Monterey county alone, over 70 schools are adjacent to commercial farmland. 

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Hundreds of concerned parents, health workers and educators turned out Thursday evening in Salinas to urge state officials to increase restrictions on the use of agricultural pesticides near schools. Over a dozen growers also attended, concerned about a new proposal that limits the application of pesticides during school hours.

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Two Paso Robles elementary schools will reopen as normal Friday morning, after both were put on lockdown Thursday for separate, unrelated causes.

Pat Butler Elementary School was the first affected, after two students reported they were threatened by an armed man near the campus during recess. The kids say the man was just outside the athletic field fence and had a shotgun or rifle.

The lockdown stayed in place until 2:15 Thursday afternoon, following an orchestrated search of the area.

Public schools in Lompoc are getting a $1.2 million grant to remodel the district's central kitchen in an effort to bring more healthful food options to students.

The Central Coast-based Orfalea Foundation announced the plans Wednesday afternoon.

In a media release, the organization says nearly 10,000 students at 14 Lompoc Unified School District locations will have access to scratch-cooked entrees and freshly prepared salad bar choices via the new kitchen.

Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Students in Santa Maria will head back to school on August 12 facing overcrowded classrooms and campuses.

The Santa Maria-Bonita School District is working to address the problem by building 12 new classrooms at its Tommie Kunst Junior High.

A Santa Maria construction company was awarded the bid at a special session of the board of education Thursday. Its bid was the lowest.

A new yet-to-be-named elementary school campus is also under construction. Both projects are being self-financed through loans.

It’s no secret that there is social pressure in grade school to look good and to fit in, but what if a family has little or no ability to provide appropriate clothing so that a child can attend school?  With 14,000 children in our county living below poverty level, many kids literally wear the same pieces of clothing to school every single day.  The Assistance League works to provide needy school aged children with new clothes so that they can focus on schoolwork and not be ashamed of how they look.