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January 23, 2022

SVUSD trustees approve move to new headquarters, pass budget

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The Scotts Valley Unified School District will be headed to new digs at 108 Whispering Pines Drive. During its June 15 meeting, the SVUSD Board of Trustees unanimously authorized Superintendent Tanya Krause to sign a lease agreement for the office location. But the deal was contingent...

Valley school districts weighing return to class

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By Todd Guild, Katie Evans and Christina Wise California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Dec. 30 released a plan under which schools could reopen as early as February. The plan, which streamlines the process of applying for a waiver to bring students back for in-person instruction, is...

Cabrillo College’s Name Change Discussions Set for This Month

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Cabrillo College is planning to host a series of 90-minute community discussions in September and October as college officials weigh changing the school’s name. The first three sessions are scheduled for Sept. 21, 23 and 30. All three will be conducted via Zoom. Cabrillo wrapped up...

Longtime SLVHS Educator Rob Lahey Dies

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The San Lorenzo Valley lost a titan of teaching on Sept. 2. Rob Lahey, a beloved math teacher and member of the San Lorenzo Valley community, died of cancer. He was 55 years old. Lahey began his career in education teaching math at SLV Middle...

Local schools require masks indoors

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As Tanya Krause, the superintendent of Scotts Valley Unified School District, prepared her welcome letter for parents, she began how she might have in any other year: “We are pleased and excited to start school with students on campus, Wednesday, August 11, for full-time,...

Cabrillo College enrollment drops after fires, pandemic

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When Covid-19 began to sweep the U.S.—and brought with it an economic recession—Cabrillo College officials expected a jump in enrollment that typically comes with a battered economy. But the college is now seeing a significant drop in those numbers, which it pins on the double...

SLVUSD Will Explore Full-Day Kindergarten

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After parents advocated for full-day kindergarten at consecutive school board meetings, the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District said it was willing to explore the idea. Dylan Fetzer, a Ben Lomond resident who has a boy entering transitional kindergarten (TK) next year, says it’s something...

SLVHS grad reflects on tough year

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The morning of June 4 found San Lorenzo Valley High School Principal Jeff Calden back on the mic as he led the Class of 2021 through their graduation ceremony. After a year of hits and misses, Calden was thrilled to watch his charges stride...

Falling case rates could mean return to class for valley’s young students

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Santa Cruz County’s adjusted case rate recently fell below the state’s threshold (28 per 100,000 per day) needed to reopen in-class instruction for grades K-6, health officials announced at a press conference on Feb. 4. That means local school districts could start applying to the...

Scotts Valley High seniors return to campus March 23

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The Scotts Valley Unified School District plans to bring back all primary and secondary grade levels by the end of March, according to Scotts Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) Superintendent Tanya Krause. That would make it the first school district in the county to do...

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As Build Back Better Plan Stalls, Scotts Valley Digs Into Piggy...

It was like music to the ears of Scotts Valley politicians, last summer, when Democrats announced they’d be setting $1.4 million aside to replace...