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March 25, 2023

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...

School Mask Mandates to End After March 11

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Students throughout Santa Cruz County will no longer be required to wear masks while at school after March 11. The announcement, signed by the County’s 11 school superintendents, came Monday after California Gov. Gavin Newsom, along with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay...

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...

Technical Education Classes Prep Students for Changing Work World

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The birds are trilling from the dense evergreens. Reggae music wafts from a Bluetooth speaker hanging on a fence behind the San Lorenzo Valley High School football field. Just beyond, a greenhouse is home to innovative studies giving students a leg up in an...

SLVUSD Parents Blindsided by District’s Suspension of Bus Route

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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...

Scotts Valley boy’s suicide prompts calls for SVUSD to address issues

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Red was 15-year-old Scotts Valley High School freshman Mateo Deihl’s favorite color. Now, attendees at his Celebration of Life, to be held at Roaring Camp in Felton on Saturday, have been asked to adorn themselves in this hue, in his memory. The boy is to...

More Than Half of SLVUSD Students Have Fallen Behind in Some Subjects

As the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District community looks ahead to exciting infrastructure upgrades, it is simultaneously battling severe Covid-19 learning loss. Trustees got both positive and negative news during the regularly scheduled board meeting Tuesday. Superintendent Chris Schiermeyer said the district’s “final expenditures” for...

Incumbents Win Big On School District Boards, Measure T Likely Falling Short

Along with the Derek Timm-Allan Timms slate’s strong performance at the polls, Tuesday night, both of the school board candidates they supported appeared poised for victory, too. By Wednesday, teacher Lucia Rocha-Nestler had grabbed the largest share of the Scotts Valley Unified School District Board...

SLVUSD Parents Enrolled Fewer Kindergartners Than Expected

On the first day of school in the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District this year, total enrollment stood at around 50 students below what was projected. “I’m not overly alarmed at this point,” said Superintendent Christopher Schiermeyer. “We have some families we’re still following...

4-H Club Proposal for SLVHS Nixed

A 17-year-old San Lorenzo Valley High School junior was disappointed to learn, last week, that her passionate advocacy for a 4-H program on campus wouldn’t get the blessing of school district administrators. Speaking to the Press Banner just before the Jan. 19 San Lorenzo Valley...



Cleanup ongoing after storm hits Santa Cruz Mountains

About 17,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers across the county were out of power on Wednesday as Department of Transportation (Caltrans) crews worked...

Floods Ravage Region