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December 7, 2022

Sex Abuse Suit Against Former SLVUSD Admin Moves Slowly

Last week, a Solano County Superior Court judge raised concerns that the sexual abuse case against Ned Hearn, a former San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District employee, continues to drag on. Yet on Sept. 14 at the Old Solano Courthouse, Judge Christine Carringer also said...

SLVUSD Parents Blindsided by District’s Suspension of Bus Route

SLVUSD busses
Some San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District parents and students are scrambling to find a new route to school after district officials told them last week that the No. 14 “Squirrel” bus would be temporarily suspended, after Aug. 19. “It’ll be a big problem,” said...

As Pandemic Lingers, SVUSD Starts 2022-23 School Year

Scotts Valley Unified School District
Scotts Valley Unified School District students were set to return to classrooms yesterday, as administrators held their breath about how Covid-19 could affect learning during the third year of the ongoing pandemic. It may seem eons away from March 16, 2020, when schools shut down....

SVUSD Supe Unveils Fresh Approach for Year Ahead

Scotts Valley Unified School District
Here in the Scotts Valley Unified School District nerve center, the no-nonsense rural appeal of the surrounding Santa Cruz Mountain environment is evident, as is the laid-back ambiance of Santa Cruz County. A block in Superintendent Tanya Krause’s office reads “it is/WHAT IT IS.” Beside...

Local Student Shares Love of Vegan Baking Thanks to SVUSD IB Program

Scotts Valley High School
The sweet pink frosting on the lemon cookie beckons, reflecting the midday Scotts Valley sunlight. Adina Licht, 51, takes a bite of the lemon cookie and smiles in approval. Because, as a vegan treat, made with olive oil not butter by 17-year-old Emily Leishman, it’s...

Report: Community ‘Polarized’ About SVUSD’s Push for Diversity

An educational consultant’s report has found diversity efforts at Scotts Valley Unified School District have been hampered by a “pervasive fear” of how parents would react to changes and the belief such initiatives would be “obstructed by vocal community disapproval and retaliation.” Key findings of...

SLVUSD to use $25-million bond for school upgrades

SLVUSD June 8 meeting
Over the past year, the financial world has been playing the big guessing game of what will happen to interest rates as authorities seek to calm inflation without causing too much pain. School officials had been zoned-in for just such an exercise here in...

School District’s Multicultural Fair Draws Hundreds, Rave Reviews

Multicultural Fair
Students and their parents got a blast of culture from around the globe Sunday at Vine Hill Elementary School. Organizers estimated more than 500 people turned out for the inaugural Scotts Valley Unified Multicultural Fair. Attendees passed food trucks serving an array of dishes, before arriving...

SVHS Drama Ready for Final Show of School Year

scotts valley high drama
The satirical comedy musical “Urinetown” based on the book by Greg Kotis was released in 2001. The musical, which satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement and municipal politics could have been written in any era, but it has become...

SLVUSD Bands Persevere

San Lorenzo Valley High School band
San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District’s Music Director Carey Liston knows the show must go on.  Despite rapid-fire setbacks for her band members ranging from elementary to high school students, Liston has somehow managed to not only maintain her current ledger of students but expand...


Giving Tuesday

Boulder Creek Nonprofit Reaps ‘Giving Tuesday’ Benefits With Fundraiser

Efforts to help homeless people in the North County got a boost this week when a Santa Cruz bar held a Giving Tuesday fundraiser...