February 21, 2003
Deirdre Newman Councilman Gary Monahan succeeded in ferreting out what he considered fluff from the City Council's community objectives. On Tuesday, Monahan convinced his colleagues to remove a host of items from the city's priority list to save precious city funds. The state faces a $35-billion deficit, and Costa Mesa, like cities throughout the state, can expect a loss of millions of dollars when the 2003-04 budget is adopted later this year. Gone are objectives such as pursuing funding and construction of a compressed natural gas facility and the expansion of after-school programs to the middle and high schools.
October 31, 2002
"We work with teachers because they are the backbone of our district. We consult them so they will buy into what we are planning." -- SERENE STOKES, on the role of the school board "As the father of two sons, I know it's a very sensitive question for parents. It's pretty obvious that the school board has to be responsive to what parents want. I wouldn't go beyond the state law." -- TOM EGAN, on sex education "I disagree that our students are being educated to go to Wal-Mart.
May 7, 2002
If the proposed Mariners Branch Public Library is constructed, it will serve as a "joint-use" library for both Mariners Elementary School and the general public ("Parents skeptical about after-school programs," April 21). This will necessitate the closure of the Mariners Elementary School campus library, a library with more than 14,000 books and an Internet-filtered computer lab that adequately and safely serves the needs of our schoolchildren. The planned facility will be constructed directly adjacent to Mariners Elementary School -- a school without a secure, fenced perimeter -- and will draw many more visitors from a wider geographic area than the existing public library currently serves.
April 21, 2002
Deirdre Newman NEWPORT BEACH -- Some parents whose kids have participated in the city's after-school and summer recreational programs are unsure whether they will re-enroll their children in the future after a youth leader was arrested for lewd conduct on Friday. Police said Trenton Michael Veches "inappropriately touched" at least two children over the last four years he has worked for the city as a recreational coordinator. Investigators seized several compact discs with images of partially clothed children who seem to be boys between the ages of 6 and 10, said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Steve Shulman.
February 7, 2002
Gov. Gray Davis has proposed increased funding for a statewide after-school program based on a favorable report from UC Irvine. Researchers in the school's Department of Education studied the After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Partnerships Program and found it had a positive influence on students. The report, released Friday, prompted Davis to recommend expanding the program to serve an additional 79,000 children. "The study shows improved test scores in reading and math, better school attendance and better behavior among participating students," Davis said Friday.
January 11, 2002
Deirdre Newman NEWPORT-MESA -- Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials reacted with guarded optimism to this year's proposed state budget, unveiled Thursday. "I think the governor tried to do exactly what he said -- to do everything he can to preserve education," Assistant Supt. Mike Fine said. "On the surface, clearly [Gov. Gray Davis] has made an attempt to hold education at arms length from everything else. If it works, he deserves a compliment."
November 29, 2001
Deirdre Newman COSTA MESA -- An after-school program that has been successful in helping under-performing students improve their academic standing now has new resources at its fingertips -- keyboards and computer mice. Youth Achievers of Costa Mesa officially unveiled 16 new computers Wednesday afternoon. The donation is the result of a collaboration between the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, the city and community members. "I believe this is how communities are truly supposed to work," said Dave Brooks, school board president.
September 6, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Both Jesus Christ and President Bush -- one considered a leader of church, the other of state -- were mentioned Tuesday during public discussion about Mayor Libby Cowan's proposed resolution for after-school programs. After nearly an hour of debate, a failed motion and a final tweaking of the last paragraph at its meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to provide city resources -- in partnership with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and other nonprofit community groups -- to create educational programs for students in the city.
May 29, 2001
The Dollars for Schools Program, a fund-raiser sponsored by the Motor Car Dealers of Costa Mesa, set $50,000 to finance after-school programs at two area high schools. The Harbor Boulevard of Cars contributed the gift to the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation, which will split it into two equal parts for Costa Mesa and Newport Harbor high schools. Costa Mesa High will use its $25,000 chunk for its After-School Enrichment Program, a joint-effort between the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Orange Coast YMCA, the Orange County Congregation Community Organization and the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Costa Mesa.
September 6, 2000
On Tuesday, 21,256 students returned or started at Newport-Mesa's 30 schools. Costa Mesa High School will create an academic decathlon team. Corona del Mar High School parents have developed a program to promote safety, setting up support groups on campus. Estancia High School has a new business program. TeWinkle Middle School has expanded the "village concept" to include both the sixth and seventh grades. All four regular program high schools are digital high schools this year.