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Super Bowl Host Committee helps deliver Las Juntas field trip

By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune The Lindsay Wildlife Experience, formerly known as the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, hosted three classes of first graders and one class of special needs students from Las Juntas Elementary last week, free of charge for a special field trip that was made possible in part by …

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Jonathan Wright selected as interim school board member

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Time will tell if the Wright choice was made. Jonathan T. Wright, 35, that is, who was unanimously selected by the Martinez Unified School District Board on Monday to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Denise Elsken last December. One …

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MUSD eyes declining reserves

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – While the Martinez Unified School District is fiscally sound at this time, it’s having to dip into reserves to cover some of its expenses, the district Board of Education learned at its Monday, Dec. 14, meeting. The district’s chief business officer, …

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Elsken resigns, MUSD to appoint successor

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Denise Elsken, the Martinez Unified School District (MUSD) Board of Education trustee who announced her resignation Dec. 11, will be replaced by a provisional appointee, the Board decided Monday, Dec. 14. Elsken said Monday she had lost her passion for the …

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School Board trims project to air condition John Swett, Las Juntas

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – The cost estimate to air condition both John Swett and Las Juntas elementary schools came in at about $1 million more than was budgeted. But the Martinez Unified School District Board of Education agreed to a slimmed-down version of the project …

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Elsken to step down from Martinez Unified School District Board

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Denise Elsken is resigning her position as trustee on the Martinez Unified School District Board of Education, and will leave Jan. 31, 2016. The Board will consider Monday night whether to fill the remainder of her term either by provisional appointment …

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Las Juntas considers sistering with school in Benxi, China

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune Las Juntas Elementary School could use a “sister,” two educators have suggested to the Martinez Unified School District (MUSD) Board of Education. It would be the first time the MUSD will participate in the sister school program. The sister would be a bilingual school …

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Alhambra High students experience ‘Arrive Alive’

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A two-day program at Alhambra High School is endeavoring to prevent its students from becoming part of a tragic set of statistics. The program is called “Arrive Alive,” and that’s its goal – helping young motorists reach their destination instead of …

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Young artists excel at ARTU4iA studio

Dear Editor, I am so lucky to spend one day a week in downtown Martinez at ARTU4iA teaching Toddler Art Class – a class designed with young artists and their families in mind to promote creativity, exploration, and set the foundation needed to spark future innovation. Class takes place every …

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