RIPON - More than 100 balloons, large banners and a bouquet of red carnations filled Elaine Williams's office at Ripon High School when she returned from lunch earlier this week marking her retirement after 32 years of service.
While the Manteca Unified School District's legal counsel has answered some of the questions regarding Board of Trustee Wendy King's alleged conflict of interest as a paid executive director of the non-profit Manteca Unified Student Trust, there are more related issues that need to be clarified.
Manteca Unified School District trustee Wendy King has a "remote conflict of interest as a paid executive director of MUST," the district's legal counsel James Scot Yarnell said during Tuesday's board meeting.
School board member Wendy King does not have a conflict of interest serving as the paid executive director of the nonprofit Manteca Unified Student Trust (MUST) that provides after school sports programs and supports the school farm, academics as well as the arts and sciences.
A salary raise for Manteca Unified teachers is long overdue, said Ken Johnson, the president of the Manteca Educators Association which is in the midst of continuing salary negotiations with the school district.
During continuing teachers' salary negotiations, the specifics of behind-doors talks with representatives of the Manteca Educators Association are strictly confidential, Manteca Unified Deputy Superintendent Clark Burke said, explaining why he could not answer questions about statements made by the union members.
Parents of Manteca Unified students are invited to attend a free seminar about using OneNote – the software that students and staff will be using as part of the district's Going Digital initiative. By understanding OneNote, parents will be better able to support their children with their education needs.