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Several changes made to bolster learning

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 — Wednesday, Aug. 19, the board of trustees for the Westwood Unified School District was brought up to date on all the preparations and improvements that had been made during the summer in preparation for the 2015/2016 school year.
    During their meeting, Principal Marci Johnson escorted the board to a nearby classroom to see an interactive electronic whiteboard, which she said was one of six installed on campus so teachers could use technology to enhance their lessons. It was also reported some teachers would use tablets to teach students.
    Randy Bobby, superintendent, said teacher in-services included ways to ensure every student is learning.

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Author publishes new novel

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 — Local author Lynne Sella has published her latest novel, “A Picture Perfect Romance.”
    A change of pace from her Deputy Sarah Murdock series, this between-crimes romance is written in the same humorous style.
    It is available at Margie’s Book Nook, Epilog Books in Quincy and Books and Beyond in Chester or you can contact the author directly.
    Set in the cozy, coastal community of Mendocino, California, “A Picture Perfect Romance” tells the story of four individuals who learn there is more to life than what they are living.

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Agency receives $15,000 grant

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 — Blue Shield of California Foundation last week announced a grant of $15,000 to Lassen Family Services to strengthen its capacity to provide critical services and shelter for survivors of domestic violence in Susanville. These core-operating funds offer the flexibility to respond to changes and challenges as they arise, so vital community organizations like Lassen Family Services can continue to reach many of the most vulnerable Californians.
    “It is a privilege to partner with and support California’s network of domestic violence service providers, including Lassen Family Services,” said Peter Long, Ph.D., president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. “Their role in the community is absolutely essential, and we are committed to ensuring they have the resources they need to continue serving domestic violence survivors and their families.”

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Authority revises formation document

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 — The Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority, a group seeking to build a community swimming pool in the city of Susanville, directed staff Monday, Aug. 17 to make revisions to the joint powers agreement that formed the special district.
    Jim Chapman, vice president of the group, said the revisions were necessary to reflect the changes in the process that have evolved since the agency was formed more than a year ago and to remove some clauses that are unenforceable. While the authority directed staff to make the changes, they first must be approved by the two governmental entities that voted to form the district — the Susanville City Council and the Lassen County Board of Supervisors.

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Board approves contract extension

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 — The Janesville School superintendent/ principal’s contract was approved for three more years.
    During the Tuesday, Aug. 18 board of trustees meeting, the members unanimously approved the three-year contract extension for Zach Thurman.
    “Our goal in the next three years is to have Common Core Standards implemented in the classrooms and to have technology integrated into the curriculum to improve student learning,” said Thurman, also adding another goal he wishes to accomplish in the next three years is developing interventions for struggling students to aid them in school.

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