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LATHROP – The two-hour dedication ceremony Wednesday evening was just a blip in time. But in a historical perspective, the official opening of the River Islands Technology Academy was a giant leap for the City of Lathrop, the River Islands at Lathrop development, and for Banta Elementary School District.

August 08, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

Linking freshmen up to Manteca High

Freshmen orientation at Manteca High may have had its fair share of doers.

August 06, 2013 | Vince Rembulat | Education


Freshmen orientation at Manteca High is scheduled Monday from 8:30 to noon at Winter Gymnasium.

August 03, 2013 | Vince Rembulat | Education

New bullying-prevention policy for MUSD introduced

Bullying prevention is the focus of the new Manteca Unified school board policy for the coming school year. It reflects the added categories as amended by Assembly Bill 9.

August 03, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

Split board OKs paying Fant for missed meeting

What constitutes a hardship that would be an acceptable reason for an elected trustee to skip a Manteca Unified Board of Education meeting?

August 02, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

River Islands Tech Academy dedication on Wednesday

LATHROP – The newest school in Lathrop, and the newest campus for the Banta Elementary School District in rural Tracy, is marking a historic milestone.

August 02, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

Why can’t kids wear beanies?

Manteca Unified Board of Trustee Deborah Romero says some aspects of the school district's dress code regulations may be a little "overboard" and would like to see changes implemented in the rules.

August 01, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

Land swap may give Manteca 17-acre campus

Negotiations are under way for the Manteca Unified School District to get rid of two annex sites – the 9-acre Union Ranch on North Union Road, and the 8-acre Woodward Annex south of the Highway 120 Bypass.

July 31, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

MUSD may drop prep athletics bus charges

When it comes to high school athletic transportation fees, these are the hard facts.

July 30, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

615 students opt for Great Valley Academy

Great Valley Academy in Manteca will welcome 615 students when it opens its classrooms on Aug. 19, the first day of school for the 2013-14 school year.

July 27, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

Lindbergh School portables headed for sale, demolition

For sale: Lindbergh School. For demolition: Lindbergh School.

July 27, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

Some looking for fall weather with start of school nearing

It's not that Seth Knight doesn't like the warm weather.

July 27, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Education

RI siphons Mossdale students

LATHROP - River Islands Technology Academy - the South County's newest charter school - will lighten student loads when it opens on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

July 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Education

Manteca Police back on school playgrounds

The two Manteca police officers who were assigned as safety officers to Manteca Unified's 15 elementary schools last year are coming back Aug. 8 thanks to district funding .

July 23, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | Education

Manteca Unified projected enrollment put at 22,842

By the school year 2013-2014, Manteca Unified School District will have more students than there are residents living in either Lathrop or Ripon.

June 29, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

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Articles by Section - Education

CalSTRS wants $117K back from Wentworth

Retired San Joaquin County Office of Education Superintendent Frederick Wentworth is appealing the action taken by the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) to reduce his retirement pension from $291,732 a year to $234,929.

March 19, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

Going Digital project carries $2.2M price tag

In February, the Manteca Unified Board of Trustees gave Superintendent Jason Messer the OK to ink a lease-leaseback contract with Vanden Bos Electric, Inc for the scope of work in the Going Digital project at three schools – Lathrop Elementary, Great Valley Elementary in Weston Ranch, and Manteca Day School. The total cost for these three sites was $177,232.

March 18, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

MUSD superintendent salary peaked in 2008

During the budget crisis six years ago, Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer took a 5 percent pay cut which lowered his base salary to $176,441.51 – down from $186,222.38. That figure remained the same through June 30, 2011.

March 14, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

MJC to hold Spirit Team, mascot try-outs for fall

MODESTO – Modesto Junior College will hold Spirit Team and mascot try-outs on Saturday, March 22, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Gymnasium located on East Campus.

March 13, 2014 | | Education

Today is last day to file for county superintendent post

Today is the last day of filing for the position of San Joaquin County Office of Education superintendent. Candidate's papers have to be filed at the county Registrar of Voters in Stockton by 5 p.m.

March 12, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

The $296,205 a year retiree

When Mick Founts took over as superintendent of San Joaquin County Office of Education, his annual base salary was set at $235,000.

March 11, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

Tilton pledges to slash superintendent salary by 15 percent if he is elected

One of the three candidates vying for the position of San Joaquin County Office of Education superintendent has made a campaign pledge to take a 15 percent voluntary reduction in salary if elected.

March 11, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

Basketball game benefits Sierra Sober Grad

Sierra High School's Sober Grad committee will be hosting the 4th annual Manteca Firefighters vs. Manteca Police Officers in a charity basketball game on Wednesday, March 19, starting at 6:30 p.m.

March 06, 2014 | | Education


Cheer takes dedication, commitment and hard work.

March 01, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | Education

Serama chicken, boer goat competition today

Today promises to be a fun fowl day, and so much more, at the Manteca Unified School Farm.

March 01, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


The fun was just beginning at Stella Brockman School.

February 28, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | Education

Shasta students celebrate books of Dr. Seuss

They read. They listened to readings. They watched various people reading their favorite books. They wore Dr. Seuss character costumes. They ate green eggs – scrambled – and green apples. They wore hats that looked like the one worn by the character in The Cat in the Hat with a spelling twist.

February 28, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


It's market day. The venue is a spacious grassy field that's about the size of a baseball field. Around the perimeter of the field are tables laden with an array of handmade and one-of-a-kind creations that range from practical and simply decorative to whimsical and plain utilitarian.

February 26, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

ROP students staging fashion show Saturday

Expect another collaborative effort Saturday for the Regional Occupational Program Fashion Merchandising's Fashion Show.

February 26, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | Education

LDS honors outstanding teachers

The 3rd Annual Crystal Apple Awards took place Saturday evening at the Northland building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

February 25, 2014 | | Education

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