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One Bad Apple Might Spoil Madera Schools Success Print E-mail
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Saturday, 02 April 2011 18:56

Another Exclusive Big Valley News Editorial

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- Madera Unified’s John Adams Elementary School is being led by a "lame duck" principal who was recently reassigned back to the classroom by the school district. Under his leadership the multiple award winning “California Distinguished School” failed to meet its federal goals last year for the first time. One more failure and the school that was once the “Golden Apple” of the district with the highest test scores, will fall into Program Improvement (PI) status and be on probation.

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Steve Cleveland Steps Down After Six Seasons Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 March 2011 22:29
GoBulldogs.com - A man who guided the Bulldog men's basketball team through the most difficult time in the history of the program will step down as head coach.

Steve Cleveland, who is credited with changing the culture of the men's basketball program relative to student-athlete conduct, academic progress and NCAA rules compliance, will depart his position after six seasons as head coach. Cleveland will assume reassignment to an administrative post within the Department of Athletics.
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Teacher Work Slow Down: MUTA Needs Leadership Without A Personal Agenda Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 March 2011 05:43
Another Exclusive Big Valley News Editorial

Madera - On the front page above the fold of Saturday’s Madera Tribune there was a photo of a smiling lady with the headline, “Teachers call for work slow down”. Why is this lady smiling and what is the story behind her smile?
 
A work slow down will only hurt the students; our children. Grades won’t be recorded in a timely manner. Progress reports won’t get to parents so that a student falling behind can get the help they need. Appropriate time will not be put into the development of lesson plans so that our students get the information they need to learn.

Why is this lady smiling when our children are going to suffer from a work slow down?

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Garibay Attacks Public Comments at MUSD Meeting Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 January 2011 01:24
Madera - Oh what a four years it is going to be at Madera Unified with the likes of Lynn Cogdill and Robert Garibay on the board of trustees. During public comment at last night's board meeting I brought up how Trustee Cogdill has been contacting my teenage step-son on Facebook with friends requests; requests that have been ignored and deleted. I questioned why a man of Mr. Cogdill's age would be contacting high school students on Facebook and whether or not that was appropriate.

With the way board president Garibay scolded me following my comments you would have thought I accused Cogdill of cheating on his wife, fighting to not pay his kids child support or saying he had no idea which of his kids were really his. He said my comments were out of line and inappropriate for that forum but where else would they be brought up?

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Baseball Great Gus Zernial Dies at 87 Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 January 2011 20:51

Fresno – Former major league baseball star Gus Zernial died Thursday afternoon at the age of 87. In the 50’s he was a force at the plate in the American League winning the Triple Crown and smacking 237 dingers in his 11 year career. In the 70’s he was the sportscaster for KFSN Channel 30 in Fresno, then in retirement became a longtime ambassador for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

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The Real PTA Shuts Down Clandestine Madera PTA Group Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 July 2010 22:22

An Exclusive Editorial by Big Valley News

Madera
- If you are a fan of Facebook you have probably ran across a group on the web site who claims they are interested in helping the children of our local schools with purchasing supplies for the classroom. Madera Unified District PTA is a Facebook group created by an employee of Madera County Mental Health Department, Lynn Cogdill.

Cogdill is a candidate for the Madera Unified School District Board of Trustees District 2 as he returned his paperwork to the Madera County Clerks Office Friday afternoon. Realtor Edward McIntyre is also a declared candidate for the seat currently held by Phillip Jansen. McIntyre is the husband of former Madera County Supervisor Gail Hanhart-McIntyre.

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Blankenship Out at MHS Football Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 December 2009 17:12

Madera - Love him or hate him, no one can say Randy Blankenship has not made a difference with the Madera High School football program. When Randy came to Madera I supported our former head football coach Mike Anderson.

A group of people lead by the late Mike Young, former chief academic officer for Madera Unified brought Randy to Madera to force out Coach Anderson. Young and others sabotaged Anderson's program and turned student-athletes against the former coach.

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