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Livingston Schools Enter Next Phase of Major Modernization

Things may look a little different the next time you visit a school in the Livingston Union School District.


The latest phase of the district’s major modernization project has just wound up and 24 new classrooms have been pressed into service at Selma Herndon, Campus Park and Yamato Colony schools, the result of successful passage of Measure E bonds 13 years ago.


Andres Zamora, Livingston superintendent, said 10 new classrooms were built at Campus Park School while six new classrooms grace Selma Herndon School and a six-classroom kindergarten suite is in place at Yamato Colony School.


Nick Jones, the district’s director of maintenance, operations and transportation, said the modernization projects have been in process since January. He’s also pleased about 90 percent of the portable classrooms, which were 20 to 25 years old, have been removed and scrapped.


Zamora said construction of the modular classrooms cost $11 million, of which $7.5 million came from the Measure E bond.


“Our goal was to improve the teaching and learning environment, providing better space for teachers and students. The portables were supposed to be temporary. It’s where we wanted to invest our dollars for our kids,” Zamora said.


The new classrooms measure 30 by 32 feet. The new layouts give more flexibility to configure classroom features. They are placed on a slab foundation and feature wood and stucco designs.


Jones said the new classrooms feature high-efficiency programmable heating and cooling units. White boards and tack boards can accommodate classroom materials.


Zamora said the next project seen as a need is a multipurpose room at Campus Park Elementary School. That campus has a smaller facility built in 1962; they are also looking at improving the school’s playground equipment.


JTS Modular in Bakersfield was the contractor and Marko Construction in Fresno did the site work, such as electrical, plumbing and concrete.


“Teachers and parents are excited. It will transform the appearance of our campus. This was part of a 10-year facilities master plan adopted in November, 2017,” Zamora said.


Jones said the new classrooms will be here for the next 40 years; they have a good, strong backbone for technology. The district also added 125 more security cameras at district sites and the classrooms are closed-in with new wrought iron fencing. All the classroom locks have been changed.


Zamora is pleased with the modernized appearance the new buildings exhibit. He said the district also repainted the exterior of Livingston Middle School, which is 17 years old.


Bond refinancing saved taxpayers $550,000 with the maturity date set for August, 2030. Establishing the maturity date as 19 years compared to 29 years before will save taxpayers $1.5 million, Zamora said.

Motivational speaker and author of the Brave, Bold and Beautiful

Book Series to speak at MJC

(Modesto, CA) – The Human Services Program at Modesto Junior College is sponsoring a presentation by Joslyn Gaines-Vanderpool entitled, "Live Now! The Power of Being You! Brave, Bold, and Beautiful" on Thursday, October 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Forum 102 on East Campus, 435 College Avenue, Modesto. A well-known motivational speaker, author, editor, entrepreneur, and educational and empowerment specialist, Gaines-Vanderpoolis the second and final presenter in a two-part series titled “An Evening of Brilliance and Insight.”  The public is invited to participate in this free event.


 Gaines-Vanderpool has served as the principal researcher for two educational documentaries: “Beyond the Dream I” and “Beyond the Dream II.” She worked at Howard University’s Urban Affairs Institute and University of New Mexico, andcurrently is the outreach specialist at American River College, where she has helped numerous students attain scholarships ranging from $200 to over $200,000.


 She empowers students through scholarship seminars to find their voice, tell their stories and thrive. Passionate about assisting others to realize their dreams and acknowledge their beauty, strength and worth, she urges all to livein a positive light and be mindful of how their humanity and capacity to love can break through racism and other societal ills.


 Gaines-Vanderpool, along with her publishing partner, Anita McGee-Royston, is the editor and co-creator/founder of the Brave, Bold and Beautiful Book Series, and has completed two anthologies:  “Our Black Fathers, Brave, Bold andBeautiful!” and “Our Black Mothers, Brave, Bold and Beautiful!”  The mission of these publications is to change the negative portrayals and disheartening narratives of men and women of African descent, and present their truth in books designed to bring racialharmony, healing and honor to their legacies and hidden histories. The books have been used and/or presented at the University of Nevada, Reno, Fathers and Families Conferences in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Sacramento County Office of Education, AllensworthCelebrations, University of California, Davis 1st Annual Summit on Racial Equity and Social Justice and more.


Known also as a “human whisperer,” Gaines-Vanderpool is a mid-century African American woman with a heart for the soul. She is a published poet, who also has memoirs, plays, empowerment and children’s books in progress. Believingthat all individuals from every stratum of life have a story, she encourages everyone to begin the process of leaving an intentional legacy so others know that you existed and made a positive and impactful contribution to the planet.


For more information contact Tasha Williams, MJC Human Services Program Mentor at williamsta@mjc.edu or (209) 548-5742.

MJC Student Appointed to The CCC Board Of Governors

College student Alexis Zaragoza was recently appointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors by Governor Jerry Brown.  She currently serves as Vice President for the Associated Students of  Modesto Junior College (ASMJC).


“We are excited to welcome Ms. Zaragoza to the Board of Governors,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley. “She is one of the two student representatives on the board tasked with voicing the perspectives and challenges of our more than 2.1 million students, and we look forward to working with her in this important role.”


 Zaragoza, 20, of Patterson, has been a student at MJC since 2016, where she has held several positions for the ASMJC, including director of political development, director of student relations, and senator of community relations.


 Zaragoza is an MJC Honors Program student and completed honors studies in Political Science with Professor Kerri Stephens. She represented MJC at the Honors Symposium at U.C. Berkeley in May of 2018 with her presentation: “Democracy for Which It Stands: Linking the Flaws within Democratic Systems That Facilitate Destabilization and Terrorism within the Global South.”


Zaragoza is also a member of the MJC Freedom Forum and the Patterson Progressive Alliance. She served as a field organizer for Josh Harder’s congressional campaign in 2018.

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