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Payton Perspective: Antioch School Board should appoint Julie Young to vacant seat

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Payton Perspective logo 2015By Allen Payton

The Antioch School Board has to fill another vacancy with the recent resignation of Claire Smith.

This is the second time the Board members have had to fill a board  position in less than a year. Last fall, after Barbara Cowan resigned with a little more than a year left in her term, the Board appointed Fernando Navarro to the empty seat.

During the appointment process, the person to receive the second most votes was Julie Young, who attends almost all school board meetings.

She is very knowledgeable about the issues and can hit the ground running, should she be appointed.

The Board is in the midst of searching for a new superintendent. They need a full, five-member board to help in making the decision.

If the Board goes through another appointment process to fill the current vacancy, it could take another month or two to do so, and then the new member wouldn’t be seated until a month after that. The Board is wanting to hire a new superintendent by June.

It makes sense to appoint Young at their next meeting so there will be a complete board for the hiring decision.

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Lone Tree and Mno Grant Elementary Schools art exhibit at Antioch’s Lynn House Gallery in April

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
Students and residents attend the Sutter Elementary School Art Exhibit at the Lynn House Gallery in March.

Students and residents attend the Sutter Elementary School Art Exhibit at the Lynn House Gallery in March.

Students from two of Antioch Unified School District’s Elementary schools will showcase their original artwork at the Lynn House Gallery April 6th – 23rd. The exhibit is open to the public at no cost. There will be a reception on Wednesday, April 6th from 4-5:30 PM for students, their parents and the public. The exhibit continues through April 23rd on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1-4 PM. Please join us as we celebrate these talented young people.

The Arts4Schools Program is sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, the City of Antioch, Cal Pine and Keller Canyon Mitigation Fund Grant from Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover. In addition to sponsoring the gallery exhibit, the grant provides $500 to each participating school to be used for art and cultural supplies and educational endeavors.

For more information about each exhibit call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897 or email Diane@Art4Antioch.org. The Lynn House Gallery is located in the Rivertown District at 809 W. 1st Street, Antioch (across from the AMTRAK Train Station) and is open from 1 – 4 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays during exhibits and admission is free.

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Antioch resident earns degree with double major from University of Wyoming

Friday, April 1st, 2016
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Boyland with his Wyoming Cowboys jersey, from his Facebook page. published with permission.

The University of Wyoming announced it has accorded a Bachelor of Arts degree upon Antioch resident Troy Lamonte Boyland, Jr. at the completion of the 2015 fall semester.

Boyland was a double major in both criminal justice and social sciences, and played offensive guard on the Wyoming Cowboys football team on a full scholarship. He is originally from San Francisco, but has been living in Antioch for the past three years.

The University of Wyoming provides quality undergraduate and graduate programs to 13,800 students from all 50 states and 94 countries. Established in 1886, UW is a nationally recognized research institution with accomplished faculty and world class facilities. Offering 200 areas of study, UW provides an environment for success. A low student faculty ratio allows for individual instruction and attention, and undergraduates often participate in cutting edge research projects.

For more information about the University of Wyoming, visit www.uwyo.edu.

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Deer Valley Educational Foundation to hold 10th Annual Gala Dinner Dance, Sat., April 9

Friday, April 1st, 2016

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Stuff the Bus Spring Give-A-Way school supply drive, Saturday, April 16

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Spring School Supply 4-16

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Longest serving Antioch School Board member, Claire Smith, steps down suddenly

Thursday, March 24th, 2016
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Claire Smith

By Nick Goodrich

A surprising announcement came during the Antioch Unified School District’s Board meeting on Wednesday night, March 23rd. Longtime board member Claire Smith announced at the beginning of the meeting that this would be her last, as a member of the Board.

Smith informed those in attendance that she would be moving to join family in Southern California, and therefore would resign as a member of the Board, effective after the meeting. She stated that, as the Board is currently experiencing a time of transition due to a Superintendent vacancy and the recent appointment of new member Fernando Navarro, she had kept her intentions under wraps in order to avoid shaking things up even more.

Smith has served a total of 21 years on the School Board, making her the longest continuous office holder in the history of Antioch, according to fellow board member Walter Ruehlig. She has been known for making tough decisions and presenting a strong face throughout her tenure, all while keeping the well-being of the School District’s children foremost in her decision-making, he shared.

An outpouring of support for Smith came from her fellow Board Members, Board staff, and those in attendance following her announcement, capped by a standing ovation. Ruehlig summed up her service on the board, by stating “She didn’t always make the easy choice, but she always made the right one.”

The Board will now begin the process of searching for Smith’s replacement, electing later in the meeting to go through the appointment process rather than a vote, which would cost the District several thousand extra dollars.

Smith is the second Antioch School Board member to resign in the past year. Barbara Cowan resigned 0n September 23rd, stating she would be moving to Oregon. Navarro is her replacement. In addition, Don Gill announced his resignation as Superintendent, effective this June, the same night. He was later placed on what has amounted to as paid, administrative leave. The Board hired a search firm, earlier this month, to help with his replacement.

Smith’s seat is up for election in November. So anyone appointed would serve about six or seven months on the board.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Antioch resident receives scholarship from Western Governors University

Monday, March 21st, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY, March 21, 2016 – Edgar Deguzman of Antioch has received the Financial Support Fund Scholarship from Western Governors University (WGU). As a nonprofit, online university that is committed to making higher education more affordable and accessible for everyone, WGU typically awards scholarships based on the applicant’s academic record, readiness for online study, financial need, and other considerations.

In 2015, WGU awarded:

* More than 2,300 scholarships.

* More than $3 million in need-based scholarships.

* 73 different scholarships for current and aspiring nurses, teachers, information technology, and business professionals.

These scholarships help further offset the already-low tuition of about $3,000 per six-month term for most WGU programs, a flat rate that covers all the courses a student is able to complete. Tuition has not increased since 2008.

About WGU

Now with more than 67,000 students nationwide, WGU was established in 1997 by a bipartisan group of U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education. The nation’s first competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House as what works in post-secondary education. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times.

WGU has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations, including AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, SunGard Higher Education, and Zions Bank. More information is available at www.wgu.edu or by calling 866.225.5948.

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wgu.edu

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/companies/western-governors-university

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Antioch student named to WSU President’s Fall 2015 Honor Roll Fall

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University announced that Mikah Erin Nunley of Antioch has made the President’s Honor Roll for the 2015 Fall semester.

The President’s Honor Roll recognizes students who stand above the rest with excellent academic performance. To be eligible for the honor roll, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine graded hours in a single term at WSU and earn a grade point average of 3.75 or earn a 3.50 cumulative GPA based on 15 cumulative hours of graded work.

The data displayed in the President’s Honor Roll may be affected by students who restrict the release of some or all information about themselves.

For more information on WSU, visit https://wsu.edu.

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