Free Mobile Medical Clinic Returns to Denair on July 31

Submitted by Denair Unified School District

A mobile medical unit will return to the Denair Unified School District on Wednesday, July 31 to offer free care to all students.

Immunization shots, sports physicals, and primary and basic health screening all will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. thanks to a partnership involving local health providers. In May, more than 150 Denair students took advantage of the service.

The mobile health RV will be parked near the Coyote Center on the Denair Middle School campus. July 31 coincides with Coyote Call – the day high school and middle school students come to school to pick up their schedules, join clubs and sports teams, meet advisers and coaches, and buy yearbooks.

“Since they will already be on campus for Coyote Call that day, this is a great way for families to get medical needs addressed at no charge,” said Terry Metzger, Denair’s superintendent. “Families will be able to complete many of the items on their back-to-school checklists: sports physicals, immunizations and general health care. We are grateful to our community partners for making this happen in Denair.”

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Popular Drone Camp Returning to Denair High School; Football Camp to Teach Skills to Younger Players

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Drone camp – a big hit last summer – will return to Denair High in late July to challenge and educate students about a popular and fast-developing new technology.

About 50 youngsters enrolled in the weeklong drone camp last year, when it was offered for the first time. The turnout was a big reason the Ohio-based company is coming back to Denair.

Parents whose sons and daughters are interested should sign up soon for either the morning or afternoon session.

Also returning in early July is a hands-on football camp run by Denair High coach Anthony Armas, his staff and some of his varsity players.

Here is more information about the camps, the age range of those eligible to enroll and contact information.

Football Camp

  • Dates: July 1-2
  • Time: 9-11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Ages: 7-13
  • Coach:  Anthony Armas aarmas@dusd.k12.ca.us or (209) 620-1985
  • Details: Players will learn general football skills on offense and defense, separated by position. The focus will be on proper techniques. There will be no contact. Players should wear shorts, T-shirts and cleats. Players should be their own snacks and drinks.

Drone Camp

Details: This is about hands-on learning, innovation and adventure. Students will take to the skies and becoming an honorary junior drone pilot. Three free meals will be available for all students.

It’s Loud, It’s Colorful and It’s Returning to Denair: Championship Drum and Bugle Corps Arrives Saturday

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The national champion  Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps of Santa Clara will return to Denair later this week with all its brass instruments, drums and colorful flags.

This is the 10th year in a row that the Santa Clara contingent has kicked off its competition season in Denair. Essentially, the week in the valley is the equivalent of spring training in baseball or summer camp in football.

The formula appears to be working. Last year, the Bay Area group captured the Drum Corps International Open Class Championship for the sixth time (and fourth since it has been training in the valley).

Longtime director Steve Barnhill and his 150-member crew – plus about 30 adults and chaperones – will arrive Saturday. They will rehearse each day starting Sunday, ending the week with a free public performance July 11 at Jack Lytton Stadium.

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DUSD Trustees Approve Salary Restoration

Submitted by Denair Unified School District:

Employees are the biggest winners in the $15.3 million budget for 2019-20 approved unanimously Thursday night by the Denair Unified School District board.

As expected, the spending plan includes salary restoration for teachers, administrators and other staff, all of whom took substantial pay cuts six years ago when the district faced financial crisis.

“The trustees were thrilled to see this happen,” Superintendent Terry Metzger said Friday. “This has been their priority.”

Restoration was achieved via a number of factors that either reduced expenses or increased revenue.

One of the key moments came this spring when Gov. Gavin Newsom chose to contribute more to the State Teachers Retirement System, or STRS. That decision will save Denair $87,500 in the next budget year, Chief Business Officer Linda Covello told trustees last week. That money will be devoted to salary restoration.

So will an estimated $110,000 saved through a dramatic reduction in out-of-town travel, lodging, meals and other costs associated with teacher and staff training in 2019-20. Instead, Covello explained, the professional development focus next year will be on training done internally or on campus. That decision was reached after positive discussions between staff and administrators.

Finally, the district expects to increase revenue from the state by about $60,000 based on having improved attendance rates at all its campuses this year.

In other action, trustees:

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Complete Salary Restoration Projected in 2019-20 Budget

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It has taken more than six years, been the source of much angst for employees and been the highest priority for the Denair Unified School District board, and now it’s on the verge of happening. Salary restoration is about to become a reality if, as expected, trustees approve the 2019-20 budget at a special meeting next week.

By now, most who are familiar with the district know the story. In 2013, facing a financial crisis rooted in declining enrollment and reduced state reimbursements, Denair was threatened with state takeover if it didn’t drastically reduce expenses.

That led to painful cuts in salaries for all employees – 12.75% for classified (non-teaching) staff and 8% for teachers and administrators.

Almost from the moment those reductions were enacted, salary restoration became a mantra – not just for employee unions, but also for board members and the past two superintendents. Little by little over the past five years, salaries have been partially restored.

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