State schools chief praises lawmakers at groundbreaking for special education building

BEACHWOOD – Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction, shared a major accomplishment Friday morning with local educators, the groundbreaking for a $1.9 million special education building on the campus of a Beachwood area elementary school.

Torlakson, state Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, and Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, spoke briefly before ceremonial shovels of dirt were turned at Joe Stefani School on Ranchero Lane. All three were instrumental in getting state funding restored for the 5,600-square-foot special education facility.


Colony Oak Work Nearing Design Phase

RIPON – The renovation plans for Colony Oak School have not yet reached the design phase. “We have the dollars set aside,” said Khushroo Gheyara, who is chief executive officer for Program Management Integration at last week’s Ripon Unified school board meeting. Trustees approved the hiring of CT Brayton & Sons, Inc., as part of the…


Ceres Alternative Education Programs Getting New Home on Mitchell Road

CERES — A new Stanislaus County Office of Education school for struggling students is going up on Mitchell Road, designed to replace an older site on Memorial Drive.

“Right now, we’re in portables and an old doctor’s office,” said Ceres Community School Principal Telka Walser. The as-yet-unnamed site, weather permitting, will open in January 2015, she said.

High-schoolers attending the community school and Stanislaus Arts Academy, along with junior high students at the boot-camp-style Technical Character Academy, will move to the new site initially, said Scott Kuykendall, director of the SCOE Educational Options Division.


School Improvement Project Begins

ESCALON – A multi-faceted, multi-million dollar renovation and upgrade for the Escalon Unified School District is under way.

Escalon High School is the first school site to be getting work done, currently in the demolition phase, said Escalon Unified School District Superintendent Ron Costa.


Thanks to good weather, Sutter Gould’s center in Turlock on track to open in August

TURLOCK – Thanks to agreeable weather for builders this winter, a $23 million health care center for Sutter Gould Medical Foundation remains on track to open in August. The walls are up and construction continues at Golden State Boulevard and West Christoffersen Parkway, where Sutter Gould designed the 37,000-square-foot center to provide primary care and other…


Stanislaus County Special Olympics

MODESTO – This past weekend was the 39th Annual Stanislaus County Special Olympics in Modesto. C.T. Brayton & Sons, Inc. sponsored the tie dye t-shirts showcasing the Superman logo. The games became an annual event in Stanislaus County in 1973. This year, there were about 170 participants, 20 coaches, and 90 volunteers for the event. The…