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Batting for a League of Their Own

When school resumes after the mid-winter break, the high school’s girls softball team will warm up on their home softball field at Thurston Middle School, newly outfitted with a long-expected irrigation system. The project slides home just days before the team starts their third...

Class Notes

Ground Crews Prepare for the Opening Bell   Each summer, the school district’s facilities crew shifts into high gear working on preventative maintenance, taking advantage of the period when students are absent to avoid disrupting instruction with construction projects. Every...

School Board Approves Final Budget

First-year Supt. Sherine Smith’s four-year contract was extended 12 months by the school board last week, which also adopted a $40.9 million budget and bid farewell to high school principal Don Austin. The board unanimously approved the final 2011-12 budget, which accommodates an...

As Some Parks Close, Moro Campground Opens

Even as 70 state parks are expected to shut down due to state budget cuts, the Moro Campground, site of the former El Morro Village mobile home park in Crystal Cove State Park, opened Friday, July 1, with little fanfare. “We’ve been working toward this goal for 30 years and have...

Court Repairs Trapped at the Net

Local parents of tennis-playing children and tennis lovers who want to see the high school’s well-used courts repaired received a sobering lesson in bureaucracy and budget woes at the Laguna school board last week. Confusion and frustration reigned as residents tried to sort out...