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Archive - May 23, 2007

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Tech among title contenders

Ditto for the University of Nevada, which is serving as the tournament host and finished with the seond best conference record.
And then there is suddenly host San Jose State and always pesky Hawaii.
Sacramento State, in its first official season as a WAC member, has aspirations of being the “sleeper”, capable of shocking some of the favorites.
Whatever, it should make for an interesting four days of action at Peccole Park on the campus of the Wolf Pack, starting with Thursday’s first round that features three games.

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Truancy sows seeds for trouble

Students in both Lincoln and Union parish schools are referred to TASC after five unexcused absences, and a risk assessment is performed for each child — leading to a designation of low, medium or high risk.
An emphasis is placed on determining whether the reason for the child’s absence is criminal or social. Officials said many times a child misses school for reasons beyond the family’s control, such as financial or transportation problems. If a need is determined, TASC can refer the family to local agencies that can provide assistance such as utility assistance or tutoring.

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Ah, that new building smell

I got to visit the building on Saturday and I was impressed with its sheer size and brand-new sparkle. My experience was enhanced by the excitement of girls basketball coach Rusty Ponton, who walked me through the bowels of the beast of an arena. As one of my favorite coaches, Ponton usually has an enthusiasm for life that is contagious, but on this day, he was particularly elated as he surveyed what is soon to be his new domain with a huge grin on his face.

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Kostelka seeks Even Start funding

As yet, Kostelka said that has not happened.
“I’m going to contact them again and see what they are planning to do,” Kostelka said. “It seems a lot of people down here don’t even know about the Even Start program.”
Even Start’s goals are to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of low-income families, integration of early childhood education, adult literacy, adult basic education and parenting education into a unified family literacy program.

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