Natalie Garnica
Natalie Garnica
Student, Fillmore High School

We have had a great homecoming week so far at Fillmore High School, and we’re only halfway through! Activities have been planned for every day of the week, and although some changes have been made due to our new track and field, it looks like this Homecoming will set the bar high for future years.
The theme of this year’s Homecoming is “Its Always Fun and Games in Flashland”. The floats will all include some sort of board game, and they are looking great so far. The students have been working very hard, and the freshmen class has persevered despite being without a truck for the first night of float-building. Chaperones are always welcome at the bus-garage, so if you have a student at FHS and are available anytime between 3 and 9pm, we would love to have you.
The Homecoming Court for this year was announced Monday night at the kick-off party for float building. The freshman princess is Anissa Magdeleno and the freshman Prince is Robert Bonilla. Angelica Gonzalez and Angel Barajas are the Sophomore Princess and Prince, and the Junior Prince and Princess are Anthony Chavez and Victoria Ayala. Jill Wilber and Nathan Ibarra, Colin Cone and Rebecca Herrera, and Brina Suttle and Ralph Sandoval are all on the Senior Court, but the winners of King and Queen will not be announced until the rally on Friday.
The annual homecoming parade will be held at 3:00pm on Friday, and this will be one of the few times that the public will be able to see the floats up close, as they are no longer able to drive on the track at the football game. The floats will still be at the football game, but they will be on display only.
Be sure to come to the game on Friday, especially if you are alumni! Football games are a great way to support our schools, and all of the proceeds from getting into the football game go back to the Athletics program. The Lions Club will be making their amazing tri-tip sandwiches, and the Junior Class will be working the snack bar to raise money for prom. This will be our last home game for quite some time, so don’t miss out!

 


 
Fillmore High School received a surprise visit from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department’s drug enforcement agency last Thursday. Numerous K-9 units from around the county participated in one of their regularly scheduled drug detection training events. The dogs are highly trained in discovering narcotics.
Fillmore High School received a surprise visit from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department’s drug enforcement agency last Thursday. Numerous K-9 units from around the county participated in one of their regularly scheduled drug detection training events. The dogs are highly trained in discovering narcotics.
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A raffle was held at the end of the Title 1/Migrant Night evening; the prize, a $25 gift certificate for Super A. Pictured are Chrissy Schieferle, Principal of Mountain Vista, Sandra Herrera – the winning parent, Geri Lunde, Principal of Sespe School and Barbara Leija, ELD Coordinator for Fillmore USD. Tricia Gradias, Migrant Education/CBET Coordinator for Fillmore USD and Barbara Leija, ELD Coordinator for Fillmore USD spoke to the Spanish Speaking Parents while Carol Barringer, Fillmore USD Projects Director, presented to the English Speakers.
A raffle was held at the end of the Title 1/Migrant Night evening; the prize, a $25 gift certificate for Super A. Pictured are Chrissy Schieferle, Principal of Mountain Vista, Sandra Herrera – the winning parent, Geri Lunde, Principal of Sespe School and Barbara Leija, ELD Coordinator for Fillmore USD. Tricia Gradias, Migrant Education/CBET Coordinator for Fillmore USD and Barbara Leija, ELD Coordinator for Fillmore USD spoke to the Spanish Speaking Parents while Carol Barringer, Fillmore USD Projects Director, presented to the English Speakers.
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The elementary schools in Fillmore sponsored a Title 1/ Migrant Night. Information was provided about how to help your child with homework. Parents at the elementary schools Title 1/Migrant Night hosted at San Cayetano for all FUSD elementary schools. The elementary schools in Fillmore sponsored a Title 1/ Migrant Night. Information was provided about how to help your child with homework. Tricia Gradias, Migrant Education/CBET Coordinator for Fillmore USD and Barbara Leija, ELD Coordinator for Fillmore USD spoke to the Spanish Speaking Parents while Carol Barringer, Fillmore USD Projects Director, presented to the English Speakers.
The elementary schools in Fillmore sponsored a Title 1/ Migrant Night. Information was provided about how to help your child with homework. Parents at the elementary schools Title 1/Migrant Night hosted at San Cayetano for all FUSD elementary schools. The elementary schools in Fillmore sponsored a Title 1/ Migrant Night. Information was provided about how to help your child with homework. Tricia Gradias, Migrant Education/CBET Coordinator for Fillmore USD and Barbara Leija, ELD Coordinator for Fillmore USD spoke to the Spanish Speaking Parents while Carol Barringer, Fillmore USD Projects Director, presented to the English Speakers.
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Fillmore High School Flashes Homecoming Parade will be held this Friday at 2:45 p.m. on Central Avenue. This years Grand Marshall is Barbara Lemons. Freshmen Prince and Princess – Robert Bonilla and Anissa Magdaleno, Sophomore Prince and Princess – Angel Barajas and Angelica Gonzalez, Junior Prince and Princess Anthony Chavez and Victoria Ayala. Nominated Seniors are Rebeca Herrera, Brina Suttle, Jill Wilber, Colin Cone, Nathan Ibarra, Ralph Sandoval. The King and Queen will be announced at the rally before the parade.

 


 
October 2008 Career Shops

Location: Santa Clara Valley Job & Career Center
725 E. Main Street, Santa Paula
805-933-8452

October 15, 2008: Winning Interviews, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - supplies the tools to make a lasting first impression when interviewing. Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the Santa Clara Job & Career Center at 805-933-8452 to enroll.

October 21 & 22, 2008: Resumes That Sell, Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. - two-day workshop providing hands-on assistance in completing a resume, cover and thank-you letters. Walk away with a portfolio that shows off professional skills and experience. Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the Santa Clara Job & Career Center at 805-933-8452 to enroll.

Spanish language workshop:

October 13, 2008: Tecnicas para la Busqueda de Trabajo (Job Search Techniques), 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Presentado por Los Centros de Empleos y Carreras Esta sección de 3 a 4 horas está diseñada para personas que están buscando empleo. Los temas incluyen donde y como buscar empleo, como crear una red de comunicación, técnicas de cómo usar el teléfono apropiadamente para buscar empleo y como usar la red del Internet para buscar empleo. También aprenderá técnicas apropiadas para hacer una entrevista.

Career Shops are presented in partnership with Ventura County Job & Career Centers and are sponsored by the Human Services Agency and the Workforce Investment Board. Equal opportunity Employer/Program/Service – TDD/TT Inquiries call 1 (800) 735-2922. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individual with disabilities.

 


 

Ventura - In celebration of National Week of the Young Child, the staff and students at the Ventura College Child Development Center are pleased to invite the public to their “Family Fun Day” to be held at the Center on the Ventura College Campus, Saturday, September 27, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is planned and presented by the students of the Ventura College Child Development instructional program.
The Child Development Center is located on the corner of Telegraph Road and West Campus Way, in Ventura. Free parking is available in the lots next to and across the street from the Center.
The event is for children 18 months old through eight years old and their families. The fees are $4.00 per child, 18 months and older, and $2.00 per adult. Tickets are available at the door. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Food and cold drinks will be available for purchase.
Proceeds will go toward new playground equipment and materials for the children’s center. A great afternoon for children 18 months thru 8 years and their families… Come ready for lots of hands-on play including art, science, woodworking, bubble play, pretend play, wooden toys by Gene West and so much more!
For additional information, call Robin Douglas, Child Development Center Supervisor at (805) 648-8930.

 


 

The Oxnard Union High School District and Oxnard College invite students and their parents to attend the annual College/University Night on Oct. 2 in the Oxnard College gymnasium. The event will run from 3 to 8 p.m.

Representatives from approximately 60 public and private colleges and universities as well as all branches of the U.S. military will be on hand to share information and answer questions. Workshops on academic and athletic scholarships as well as financial aid also will be offered as well.

Although OUHSD is sponsoring College/University Night, the event for the first time is open to all Ventura County high school students and their parents.

Oxnard College is located at 400 S. Rose Ave. For more information, call Sharon Ferrell, College/University Night coordinator, at 385-2616.

 


 
Capt. Tim Hagel with The Peacebuilders for September: Rachael Pace, Juan Garcia, Saul Santa Rosa, Alicia Fabian, Cali Wyand, Ignacio Alcala, Kayla Garcia, Sandra Chavez, Andrea Diaz, Karina Cisneros, Dulce Gonzalez, Lilly Diaz, Vanessa Cabral, Enrique Felix Jr., Ricky Cadena, Wendy Carrillo-Garcia, Eduardo Magana, Drew Myers, Valerie Esparza, Bella Villegas, Gustavo Granados, and Connel Ferguson.
Capt. Tim Hagel with The Peacebuilders for September: Rachael Pace, Juan Garcia, Saul Santa Rosa, Alicia Fabian, Cali Wyand, Ignacio Alcala, Kayla Garcia, Sandra Chavez, Andrea Diaz, Karina Cisneros, Dulce Gonzalez, Lilly Diaz, Vanessa Cabral, Enrique Felix Jr., Ricky Cadena, Wendy Carrillo-Garcia, Eduardo Magana, Drew Myers, Valerie Esparza, Bella Villegas, Gustavo Granados, and Connel Ferguson.
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Capt. Tim Hagel with The Peacebuilders for September: Rachael Pace, Juan Garcia, Saul Santa Rosa, Alicia Fabian, Cali Wyand, Ignacio Alcala, Kayla Garcia, Sandra Chavez, Andrea Diaz, Karina Cisneros, Dulce Gonzalez, Lilly Diaz, Vanessa Cabral, Enrique Felix Jr., Ricky Cadena, Wendy Carrillo-Garcia, Eduardo Magana, Drew Myers, Valerie Esparza, Bella Villegas, Gustavo Granados, and Connel Ferguson.
Capt. Tim Hagel with The Peacebuilders for September: Rachael Pace, Juan Garcia, Saul Santa Rosa, Alicia Fabian, Cali Wyand, Ignacio Alcala, Kayla Garcia, Sandra Chavez, Andrea Diaz, Karina Cisneros, Dulce Gonzalez, Lilly Diaz, Vanessa Cabral, Enrique Felix Jr., Ricky Cadena, Wendy Carrillo-Garcia, Eduardo Magana, Drew Myers, Valerie Esparza, Bella Villegas, Gustavo Granados, and Connel Ferguson.
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On September 9, 2008, San Cayetano School kicked off its citizenship assemblies with Captain Tim Hagel, Chief of Police. Students were recognized for good citizenship and character. Captain Hagel spoke to the students about what a good citizen is and how being a good citizen can help the students in their everyday lives as well as highlighting the positive character traits. Each teacher chose a student from his or her class whom showed excellent character and peace-building skills. Rachael Pace and Sofia Gonzales assisted Capt.Hagel in handing out the Peacebuilder certificates. The Peacebuilders for September are: Rachael Pace, Juan Garcia, Saul Santa Rosa, Alicia Fabian, Cali Wyand, Ignacio Alcala, Kayla Garcia, Sandra Chavez, Andrea Diaz, Karina Cisneros, Dulce Gonzalez, Lilly Diaz, Vanessa Cabral, Enrique Felix Jr., Ricky Cadena, Wendy Carrillo-Garcia, Eduardo Magana, Drew Myers, Valerie Esparza, Bella Villegas, Gustavo Granados, and Connel Ferguson. Rachael and Sofia then introduced the Character Counts Award. The Rainbow Foundation sponsors one deserving student each month with a one hundred dollar savings bond. The award went to a responsible, kind, and hard-working fourth grade student. Arthur Reyes, from Mrs. Goldner’s class, was chosen by the fourth grade teachers as a model of outstanding behavior and kindness to the other students. To conclude the assembly, Rachael and Sofia introduced the Attendance Award prizes. Each month all students who are at school, on time, are given an orange raffle ticket. The students place their tickets in a box and one ticket is drawn. The student whose ticket is drawn is given a NASA backpack with the book Max Goes to the Moon in it. Each month, the tickets will be put into a larger box that will be kept until the end of the year. In June, Mrs. Marholin will draw from the tickets for two new bicycles. Chad Hope, a fifth grader, from room Ms. Dewey’s class won the Perfect Attendance Award for September.

 
Back by popular demand
Carolyn Consoli and Kim O’Neil brought the Tobacco Bus to Fillmore Middle School 6th graders again this year! Pictured above are the 6th graders who helped out with the tour: Jorge Hurtado, Moussa Assphor, Arlinda Reyes, Michael Castro, Annelise Ebell, Andrea Madrigal, Cynthia Perez, Ricardo Huante, Haven Craig, Timmy Klittich, Gustavo Magana and Steven Rodriquez.
Carolyn Consoli and Kim O’Neil brought the Tobacco Bus to Fillmore Middle School 6th graders again this year! Pictured above are the 6th graders who helped out with the tour: Jorge Hurtado, Moussa Assphor, Arlinda Reyes, Michael Castro, Annelise Ebell, Andrea Madrigal, Cynthia Perez, Ricardo Huante, Haven Craig, Timmy Klittich, Gustavo Magana and Steven Rodriquez.
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Three-hundred backpacks were distributed at Sespe School on Saturday, September 6th.
Three-hundred backpacks were distributed at Sespe School on Saturday, September 6th.
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The backpacks, filled with supplies, were donated by Support for the Kids Foundation, organized by Linda Miller.
The backpacks, filled with supplies, were donated by Support for the Kids Foundation, organized by Linda Miller.
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Friday, September 26th at Piru School

Dinner 4pm – 6pm
Includes: Carnitas or Barbacoa, rice, beans, roll and a drink. For tickets please contact Maria Villa 521-1644 or Susan Jolley 524-2379. Tickets are $10 Dinner Catered by: El Pescador Restaurant.

 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008

5:15 P.M. – BOARD STUDY SESSION

6:00 P.M. - REGULAR MEETING
627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA

AGENDA
The public may review or request a copy of support materials provided to the Board Members where the word materials appears.

5:15 p.m.

I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

II. ROLL CALL CONTINUED »

 
Fillmore Unified School District School Board Member, Virginia de la Piedra visited San Cayetano Elementary School on Friday September 5th. She is seen here visiting students using the Waterford Early Literacy Computer Lab. This program is for K – 2 students.
Fillmore Unified School District School Board Member, Virginia de la Piedra visited San Cayetano Elementary School on Friday September 5th. She is seen here visiting students using the Waterford Early Literacy Computer Lab. This program is for K – 2 students.
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(l-r) San Cayetano Principal, Jan Marholin and School Librarian Michelle Anderson.
(l-r) San Cayetano Principal, Jan Marholin and School Librarian Michelle Anderson.
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San Cayetano Principal, Jan Marholin shows school librarian Michelle Anderson the signature artifacts that will have a permanent home in the San Cayetano library. The AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) 2008 Crocs Tour made a weekend stop September 6th and 7th in Santa Barbara for the Santa Barbara Open. The volleyball players on tour included the gold medal winners from Bejing. During Sunday afternoon, Marholin was able to have the Olympic Gold Medal Beach Volleyball Team of Kerri Walsh and Misty May Treanor sign both a volleyball and the front page of a Los Angeles Times Newspaper showing them celebrating their final Olympic win. The volleyball will be encased and the newspaper will be framed. What an inspiration for our students! Marholin hopes to keep adding to this collection of artifacts that will inspire our students.

 
Natalie Garnica
Natalie Garnica
Student, Fillmore High School

The first week at Fillmore High School flew by – the students here have been experiencing a number of positive new changes. We have a new principle, Mr. Wilber, as well as a new assistant principle, Mrs. Green. All of the dirt construction zones from last year have a fresh carpet of green grass, the lunch tables have been freshly painted (thanks to the class of 2009), and the new football stadium held its first football game last Friday. All of these improvements gave the school a clean start this year.

The high school also has enrolled several foreign exchange students. All of them will graduate with the class of 2009, but some of them will continue their schooling once they return home next summer. The four students are from all over the world – Germany, China, Switzerland, and the Philippines. As we have in the past, the students of FHS hope to give them a wonderful American experience.

All of our fall sports have started up – both football teams won their first games against Channel Islands, and they will have another home game this Friday against Village Christian. The girls’ volleyball team will have their first match against Frazier Mountain this Thursday. Be sure to support our fall sports – they appreciate it.

For more information, call the student store at 524-8491.

 
Ventura County Office of Education
Ventura County Office of Education

Mr. Stanley C. Mantooth is pleased to announce that, as a result of his recent appointment as Ventura County Superintendent of Schools, the following key administrators have been appointed to new assignments within the Ventura County Office of Education.

Mr. Ken Prosser, Executive Director of School Business and Advisory Services (SBAS), has been appointed to fill Mr. Mantooth’s former position as Associate Superintendent, Fiscal and Administrative Services; and Paula Driscoll, Director of Fiscal Oversight and Accountability will assume Mr. Prosser’s assignment as Executive Director of SBAS. These appointments were effective September 8, 2008. “With these two actions, I am confident that the Ventura County Office of Education will be able to preserve the continuity of business and administrative services provided to students, staff, and all other applicable constituencies in Ventura County,” said Mr. Mantooth.

Ken Prosser has worked for the Ventura County Office of Education for 25 years, 23 of which were as the Executive Director of the School Business and Advisory Services department. As part of his duties, Ken also directed the Information Technology Services department from 1994 to 2001.

Ken has served in the United States Coast Guard and is a graduate of the California State University, Northridge with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. Ken is also a Certified Public Accountant and has been recognized as a Certified Chief Business Official by the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO).

Ken has served on a number of school business committees, including acting as chairperson of the CASBO Southern Section Management Information Systems committee, and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association School Financial Services subcommittee.

Ken has presented at numerous conferences and workshops hosted by CASBO, the Association of California School Administrators, and the California Educational Technology Professionals Association. He also teaches the business module of the AB-430 Principals Training Program here in Ventura County. Ken is a California native and resides in Ventura with his wife and daughter.

Paula Driscoll’s 18-year career in education finance includes service as a Chief Accountant with the Conejo Valley Unified School District and as the Executive Director of Business and Administrative Services for the Santa Paula Union High School District. Paula is currently the Director of Fiscal Oversight and Accountability for the Ventura County Office of Education, where she is active in the review and oversight of school district finances. Paula is an active member of CASBO, where she currently serves as the State Chair of the Financial Services Research and Development Committee while also serving on CASBO’s Council on Professional Development.

She has also held positions in CASBO as their Ventura / Santa Barbara Counties Sub-Section Chair and as the Southern Section Financial Services Research and Development Committee Chair.

Paula earned her Bachelors degree in Business Administration from California Lutheran College and holds the distinction of being a CASBO Certified Chief Business Official since 1999.

Paula has lived in Ventura County for 28 years and resides with her husband in Moorpark.

Mr. Mantooth stated that, “Both Ken and Paula are individuals of the highest integrity, and are committed to preserving the fiscal health of our schools as well as helping ensure that adequate resources and high quality educational environments are provided for the students we serve. We welcome them to this new chapter in their respective careers!”

 
Ventura County Office of Education
Ventura County Office of Education

Here are the highlights: (See attached PDF file for all charts mentioned in this report)

1. VENTURA COUNTY SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS 31 POINTS HIGHER THAN STATE IN MEDIAN API GROWTH [Chart 1]

2. THE MEDIAN GROWTH API SCORE OF 785 FOR VENTURA COUNTY SCHOOLS HAS RISEN 61 POINTS OVER WHAT IT WAS IN 2000. [Chart 1]

3. 86% OF VENTURA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS MADE API GROWTH

4. 83% OF ALL UNIFIED AND HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN VENTURA COUNTY MET THEIR FEDERAL GRADUATION RATE TARGET

5. 55% OF VENTURA COUNTY SCHOOLS MET THE FEDERAL ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS REQUIREMENT

“There is continued reason to be proud of our Ventura County students, teachers, administrators, and parents who are working together to continuously support improved student achievement,” stated County Superintendent of Schools, Stan Mantooth.

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE INDEX (API) – [Chart 1]
The Academic Performance Index (API) is the cornerstone of California’s Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999. The API is a numeric index that measures the academic performance and growth of schools. The API is an important part of the federal measure of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) because it shows academic growth over time. Since 2000, the median API for Ventura County has shown a steady increase, rising 61 points to 785. At the present time, 76% of all schools have an API above 700, 43% have an API above the State target of 800, including 19 schools that have a 900 API or higher. CONTINUED »

 
Mrs. Walker's 4th grade students working with robotics.
Mrs. Walker's 4th grade students working with robotics.
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Mrs. Walker's 4th grade students working with robotics.
Mrs. Walker's 4th grade students working with robotics.
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Mrs. Walker's 4th grade students working with robotics.
Mrs. Walker's 4th grade students working with robotics.
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Most 4th and 5th grade students will have an opportunity to work with robotics this year. The students will need to use various math skills including reasoning and deduction in order to program the computer to make the robots move certain directions and pick up items. Upper grade teachers will rotate teaching their students in the robotics lab (Which is also the Waterford lab). In early 2009 two robotics teams will be chosen to compete at Jet Propulsion Laborotory with other NASA Explorer Schools. The robotics were purchased with NASA funds.

 
Fillmore Middle School parents gather at the first "meet and Greet".
Fillmore Middle School parents gather at the first "meet and Greet".
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At the first “Meet and Greet” of the Year, over 40 parents gathered this past Friday morning in the emerging Parent Center on the middle school campus. Principal Todd Schieferle and Assistant Principal Tricia Godfrey met and greeted parents with coffee and pan dulce along with the middle school counselors Dena Wyand and Ronda Reyes-Deutsch and Parent Liaison-Martha Quiroz. One parent commented, “This year’s discipline is stricter and our children feel safer.” Fillmore Middle School will host a monthly “Meet and Greet” the last Friday of each month. Working together, we are the change…

 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2008

5:15 P.M. – CLOSED SESSION
6:00 P.M. - REGULAR MEETING
627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA

AGENDA

The public may review or request a copy of support materials provided to the Board Members where the word materials appears.

5:15 p.m.

I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

II. ROLL CALL

III. PUBLIC COMMENT ON NONAGENDA ITEMS, PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the Board. State law prohibits the Board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings. CONTINUED »