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Classified management employee from MCUSD resigns, reaches settlement


At Thursday evening’s Mariposa County Unified School District board meeting, the school board took action to accept a resignation and settlement agreement tied to a classified management employee in the district. The vote was approved with four yes votes and one abstention from board member Judy Eppler. The employee wasn’t identified. MCUSD Superintendent Jeff Aranguena said more details should be […]

MCHS library gets a makeover

Three new classrooms were installed in the MCHS library building. The Gazette was given a tour of the building. Photos by Matt JohnsonIt might be hard to get into beauty salons across the state right now to get a makeover, but it wasn’t hard for the library building at Mariposa County High School to get a makeover of its own. […]


‘Keep on trucking on’: Teacher still working while balancing many things

Christina PackardThere are certain professions which are just noble, by their nature. We’re talking jobs that require sacrifice, and which have serving others as the core responsibility. Firefighters. Policemen. Nurses. And then there are teachers. Teaching is not an easy job. It requires many virtues such as caring, patience and lots of preparation. That job is made even harder during […]

SCCCD seeks personnel commish

The Board of Trustee of State Center Community College District (SCCCD) is seeking an individual who is interested in serving as a commissioner on the SCCCD Personnel Commission. SCCCD is comprised of Oakhurst Community College Center, Madera Community College, Clovis Community College, Reedley College and Fresno City College. The initial appointment will be for a three-year term beginning December 2020. […]

School board meeting set for Thursday

  A special Mariposa County Unified School District/Mariposa County Office of Education board meeting is set for this Thursday, Sept. 24. It will be held at 5:30 p.m. over Zoom. To view the agenda, visit Details about how to join the meeting will be posted at that website. Although no agenda was posted by the time this newspaper went […]

UC Merced received high rankings recently on prestigious lists

UC Merced is recognized nationally for its ability to change the lives of graduates. UC Merced is one of the top universities for promoting upward mobility, research and civic engagement at an affordable price, according Washington Monthly magazine. The campus is rated No. 56 out of the 389 four-year universities that appear on Washington Monthly’s new 2020 College Guide and […]

Exchange program still seeking some American host families

ASSE Student Exchange Programs is now looking for American families to host high school students from Eurasia, Germany and countries with significant Muslim population. All these exceptional students have received scholarships through the U.S. State Department-sponsored programs: Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) Program, Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) and Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES). These scholarship […]


Gym classes take much different form during distance learning

Gym teacher Debbie Leonard stretches while on a Zoom call with her Mariposa County High School students. Photo by Matt JohnsonLet’s be real. For some students, gym class is paradise. A time to get outside of the normal confines of a classroom and to blow off some steam. For others, it’s not their most enjoyable way to spend a class […]


Woodland teacher juggles life, adjusts during fire

Andrea StarkeyAndrea Starkey has been teaching for close to 10 years, but it’s almost certain she hasn’t ever seen challenges as difficult as the ones that have popped up so far this school year. Starkey taught three years abroad before eventually coming to Woodland Elementary, where she currently teaches language arts, world history and journalism. The school year had been […]

District now looking into WASC accreditation for some of its schools

Drew SylviaSandwiched in-between discussions about reopening schools for in-person learning, and a lengthy facilities update during last week’s Mariposa County Unified School District board meeting was an important topic that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Assistant Superintendent Drew Sylvia spoke about Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation. The average Joe on the street probably has no idea what WASC is […]

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