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OSH closing Manteca store
MUSD re-enrollment online paying big dividends

Orchard Supply Hardware will be history by year’s end leaving Manteca essentially with only one hardware store — Home Depot.

The San Jose-based chain announced the closings Tuesday. All 98 stores in California, Oregon, and Florida will no longer exist when 2019 rolls around.

Liquidation sales are scheduled to start Thursday.

OSH started as a cooperative in San Jose in 1931. The stores were acquired and sold be several corporations during the 1980s until being purchased by Sears in 1996. Lowe’s bought the chain in 2013.


You’d be hard-pressed

to say it any better

Then best quote of the week goes to Manteca resident Bob Butrica.

Butrica appeared before the Manteca City Council Tuesday asking for the city’s help in addressing problems he and his neighbors are experiencing with property owners in their neighborhood along Poplar Avenue that are  allowing trash to pile up. He noted neighbors have been unsuccessful in trying to get the owners to address the problem.

“When I see other people come in and trash my town or my neighborhood I’ve got to say something about it,” he told the council. “I’m not going to sit there like a couch potato and complain.”

That set up his parting comment that rates as sage advice for all if us.

“That walk on Sunday meant a lot to me,” Butrica said of the peace walk attended by more than 500 people at Greystone Park to demonstrate the community would not stand for the brutal beating of a frail 71-year-old man regardless of race, creed, or color. “As a community we have to all pull together or we lose what we have. It’s that simple.”


Manteca Unified online

re-enrollment pays off

in what really matters

The decision by Manteca Unified this past summer to start gravitating toward online re-enrollment for existing students via the MUSD Q Parent Connection app is being  lauded by parents and staff as a big success.

About a third of all parents opted to re-enroll their students online — much higher than Manteca Unified officials expected for the first year.

MUSD Community Outreach Coordinator Victoria Brunn noted parents “loved” the process as it drastically reduced paperwork and time needed to verify essential information schools need about their students.

Included is critical information for contacts in the event of an illness of emergency as well as who is allowed to pick up a student from school.

Brunn said an initial review of the lists generated for the first day of school for the various campuses of student information shows there were 224 “fatal errors.”

By that Brunn means emergency phone number contacts the district had on file were incorrect with one or more digits being wrong. Up until this year all the information from paper generated re-enrollment forms had to be entered by hand by office staff. With 24,000 plus students that means the chances for input errors exist.

This year only two thirds of the student information is being entered by hand.

Online re-enrollment also reduces staff time. Assuming each written form takes as little as 90 seconds to either verify there are no changes or to be updated, the electronic re-enrollment will eventually save at least 1,531 hours of staff time at school sites throughout the district. That is in addition to saving parent time by simply verifying if information on file is correct or inputting new information. And if they have multiple students it is an even greater time saver.

Offices had computer generated lists of critical student information on the third of the families that did re-enrollment online on the first day. Data entered by hand from paperwork takes up to three weeks to generate lists such as emergency contacts.

 The parents most comfortable with online re-enrollment at the high school level where those with sons and daughters at Sierra High where 82 percent of the student information was provided via the app. Woodward topped the elementary schools with a 68 percent participation rate.


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