Denair Unified School District is part of a California Department of Education list of 127 school districts with "serious financial challenges," meaning they either will not or may not meet financial obligations this year or in the next two years.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recently unveiled his Career Readiness Initiative designed to help lower dropout rates and provide graduates with career readiness skills to enter the workforce or pursue higher education.
2008 Sacred Heart graduate, Mia DiGiovanni (now a senior at Central Catholic), commissioned the help of Sacred Heart students to make dozens of valentines for a special delivery to patients and their family members at Emanuel Cancer Center in Turlock.
At just 10 years old Valerie Mercado can see the writing on the wall for the future employment marketplace: "If I am bilingual and biliterate I have a better chance at a good job than someone who isn't. If you look at the job ads in the newspaper a lot of them say bilingual needed," she said.
Key Academy Students were recently honored for their participation in the VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest. This year's theme was "Pride in Service." Rachel Segars took home first place and she will move on to the national competition.
eCademy Charter at Crane student Ramon Gonzalez, 17, has suffered with systemic juvenile Rheumatoid arthritis since he was 12 years old. Much of the time he said he suffers from pain, limiting him from attending the traditional high school campus. But Gonzalez has character - including bravery.