Inside Education

District inching slowly towards using new mobile health clinic



Shown above is the van which serves at the clinic. Below is a medical exam table used by the patients.There was some good news and some bad news related to a specific item on the Oct. 9 Mariposa County Unified School District board meeting agenda. The good news? MCUSD is one step closer to officially using its new mobile health […]

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Widow of Castle colonel gives $1 million to Merced College

Shown is Susie Downey, who recently donated $1 million to Merced College. Submitted photoLocal rancher Susie Downey, on behalf of herself and her late husband, Col. Russell Downey, is donating $1 million to Merced College to support student success and access initiatives. The Merced College, Board of Trustees announced the gift during its regular meeting on last week. “We look […]

October is National Principals Month

Woodland principal grants access to see what a day is like in her shoes


Sarah Matlock (right) is shown in her job as Woodland Elementary principal. She has been busy getting the site ready for in-person learning. There are “a lot of added layers of protocols we have to follow,” she explained. Photo by Matt JohnsonThis year more than ever, the dedication and leadership of Mariposa County school principals became vitally important. Covid-19 has […]

What will happen if there is a positive Covid case at an MCUSD school site?

When you think about it, it wouldn’t take much for a positive case of Covid-19 to occur at a Mariposa County Unified School District site, let alone an outbreak. To prepare for that, MCUSD has developed a plan for what will take place if a staff member, child or visitor becomes ill. MCUSD released that plan days ago, prior to […]

Wagner named to dean’s list at Biola

Laurel Wagner was named to Biola University’s Dean’s List for academic excellence. Wagner, from Catheys Valley, was one of approximately 1,500 students who were named to the dean’s list in spring 2020. Biola students are placed on the dean’s list to honor those with a GPA of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credits and whose cumulative […]

Alt Ed site sees big improvements

Admin building also upgraded


The upgraded roofing of the Alt Ed administration building is in place. Photo by Matt JohnsonStep into the multipurpose/gymnasium at the Mariposa County Unified School District’s Alternative Education site, and it will blow your mind. The gym which has served as the court for middle school volleyball and basketball looks much different — and frankly, much better. The flooring was […]

‘Live Your Dream’ applicants sought by Nov. 15

The Soroptimist International of Mariposa Club has been around since 1965, actively fundraising to provide cash awards to women in the community who are working to better their lives through additional schooling. Applications for the 2020-21 “Live Your Dream Awards” are now being accepted. Soroptimist Clubs around the world award more than $2.8 million annually in Live Your Dream Awards […]

School board candidates tackle issues, explain why they should receive your vote

CANDIDATE Q&A

Lisa Rockwell Editor’s note: This year’s ballot has a race between two candidates for the Mariposa County Schools’ board of trustees in District 5. Incumbent Bob Collins is being challenged by Lisa Rockwell. Both candidates were contacted by the Gazette and were asked to submit answers to the questions listed below. Lisa Rockwell 1. What do you think some of […]

School board candidates tackle issues, explain why they should receive your vote

Bob CollinsEditor’s note: This year’s ballot has a race between two candidates for the Mariposa County Schools’ board of trustees in District 5. Incumbent Bob Collins is being challenged by Lisa Rockwell. Both candidates were contacted by the Gazette and were asked to submit answers to the questions listed below. Bob Collins Before I answer the first question and the […]


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