DUSD Sponsors Summer Movie Express

Regal Summer Movie Express

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Denair Unified School District has partnered with Regal Cinemas to sponsor the Regal Summer Movie Express.  The Summer Movie Express features family friendly movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, throughout the summer, starting at 10:00 am. Admission is $1. Upcoming movies include The Lego MovieThe Adventures of TintinKung Fu Panda 2Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Rio 2 and more. A complete listing movies is available at the Regal Summer Movie Express web site.

The Regal Turlock Stadium 14 is located at 2323 West Main Street, in Turlock.

Budget Picture Brighter for Denair Unified School District

DUSD_logo-SmallThe Denair Unified School District’s financial situation continues to improve, with a major reduction in deficit spending in 2014-15 and the anticipation of a small surplus the following school year.

Trustees listened to a presentation and heard public comment about the proposed $8.15 million budget for 2014-15 at their meeting Thursday night. Though the district expects to spend about $130,000 more than it receives in revenue, there is no financial assistance required from the Stanislaus County Office of Education. The past two years, the county office loaned the district $2.4 million to prevent state takeover.

By 2015-16, Denair officials expect to have about $370,000 more in revenue than expenses.

“We remain on a fiscal recovery plan. We’re exactly on the trajectory we had projected,” said Superintendent Aaron Rosander, who took over in February. “This puts us right on our target so that 24 months from now the ink is black.”

Trustees will take a final vote June 26 on the 2014-15 budget.

The proposed spending plan reflects the staffing cuts and 8% salary reductions agreed upon earlier this year by the district and its employees. In February, the board eliminated the equivalent of 19 full-time teaching jobs and one administrative position to reflect declining enrollment. All but eight of those positions already were vacant or will not be filled after employees retired at the end of the recently completed school year. Continue reading “Budget Picture Brighter for Denair Unified School District” »

DUSD June Board Meeting Posted

DUSD_logo-SmallDenair Unified School District has posted the agenda for the June regular board meeting, scheduled for June 12, 2014. The public meeting starts at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the DUSD Leadership/Board Room.

Additionally, an agenda for a special board meeting, scheduled for June 12, 2014, has been posted. The public meeting starts at 5:45 pm. The meeting will be held in the DUSD Leadership/Board Room.

DUSD Graduation Ceremony Information

CoyoteGradHatGraduation season is upon us! Below is a comprehensive listing of all Denair Unified School District graduation ceremonies. None of the events require tickets for entry.

The Denair Charter Academy 8th Grade promotion ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 6:00 pm, in the Denair Middle School Coyote Center. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Denair Charter Academy will be will be presenting the Class of 2014 on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 7:30 pm, at Jack Lytton Stadium. Gates open at 7:00 pm.

The Denair Middle School 8th Grade graduation will take place on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 7:00 pm, at Jack Lytton Stadium. Gates open at 6:00 pm.

Denair High School will be presenting the Class of 2014 on Friday, May 30, 2014, at 7:30 pm, at Jack Lytton Stadium. Gates open at 6:00 pm.



Top DUSD Students Reflect on Quality of Education

Salutatorian, Madison Taylor and valedictorian, Trey Howze

Salutatorian, Madison Taylor and valedictorian, Trey Howze

The Denair High School Class of 2014 will be honored May 30 at a graduation celebration. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Jack Lytton Stadium. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are not required.

Trey Howze will be the valedictorian and Madison Taylor the salutatorian. Trey (4.22) had the highest grade-point average among the 79 graduating seniors and Madison (4.15) had the second-highest.  Trey and Madison recently took time to answer 10 questions about their high school experiences.

Question: What are the key things other students should know about your academic success and how you achieved it?

Trey: The key that students should know about achieving academic success is hard work.  It doesn’t matter if you’re the smartest person, but if you’re lazy you will have problems.  I was able to achieve success because I put the time in to study and work.

Madison: Determination and setting goals is part of what got me so far in academics. I got into a habit of getting home and doing my work right away. It got easier over time. Never be afraid to ask questions because that is part of learning. Failure is also part of learning. Nobody is perfect and failing allows people to realize what they did wrong how to fix it.

Q: How much time outside of class did you spend studying or doing homework?

Madison: In general, I most take about an hour to two hours a day studying and doing homework. As long as I keep up with my work and don’t put it off, it doesn’t take very long.

Trey: I spent an average of about two hours doing homework each night after practice.  The key to spending time is not procrastinating each night but to get portions done so that there is still time to relax and hang out with friends. Continue reading “Top DUSD Students Reflect on Quality of Education” »