Friday, May 22, 2015

Salinas City Elementary trustees zero in candidate for superintendent

Salinas City Elementary trustees interviewed several candidates for the superintendent position Friday. By day's end, the voted 4-0 to offer the job to the top candidate, and the consulting firm is now tasked with negotiating a contract.

"In our interview process and selection we worked very hard all day," Board President Roberto Garcia said. "The idea was to come out with the strongest, most experience candidate. We had a good (field) and our consultant gave us advice."

Board member  Nathan Larison was excused from the meeting. His mother, retired teacher and Salinas Union High Trustee Cheryl Larison died last week, according to The Californian

Superintendent Juvenal Luza announced early February he will retire at the end of the school year. 

Garcia said he expects the new superintendent will be announced on June 8. 

Monterey County names teacher, employees of the year

Kevin Dufault, a AVID and GATE science teacher at Harden Middle School in the Salinas Union High School District, was chosen as the 2016 Monterey County Teacher of the year. He will represent Monterey County in the California Department of Education 2016 Teacher of the Year program.

Six classified school employees were chosen as Monterey County Classified School Employees of the Year. They are:

Grace Bobian in the child nutrition category from King City Union School District. 
David Gaboni in the maintenance, operations and facilities category from the Monterey County Office of Education.
Diana Curtice in the support services and security category from the Carmel Unified School District.
Stephanie Domingos in the para-educator and instructor assistance category from the King City Union School District.
Ruben Parra in the transportation category from the Monterey County Office of Education.
Anita Ayala in the office and technical category from the Salinas Union High School District.

All Nominations were submitted by Monterey County school districts and reviewed by a selection committee. All the winners were recognized at an awards ceremony on Monday.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It's been a good month for young Víctor Damián Hernández Gonzalez

I met 11-year-old Víctor Damián Hernández Gonzalez on May 10, when he was visiting the Museum of Monterey with his family and  the painting he made of his mother, which was briefly hanging on the museum's stairwell.

Víctor, a student at Roosevelt Elementary in Salinas, has been studying painting with Maestro Jose Ortiz since he was six, so by now he's quite accomplished. I made a note to keep an eye on this talented youngster so I could write about him later.

Well, here's a good opportunity to do it. Víctor was just named one of the winners of a contest sponsored by the Monterey Unified Air Pollution Control District to illustrate a calendar for next year. Víctor earned $100 and the right to have his illustration featured in the agency's 2016 calendar.

Congratulations, Víctor, and Maestro Ortiz for inspiring young people to become artists. You both rock!