50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • JANUARY 14, 1971

School Board hears plan to reorganize district 

During his mid-year report at the Monday night meeting of the Newman-Gustine Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees, Superintendent John Duncan showed the members a reorganization plan that would solve the problem of the pre-Field Act building in the district without a bond issue or tax increase.

Duncan said that the plan had been drawn up using population projections made some time ago by Economics Research. Their study projected a population growth in this area for the next 10 years.

The plan involves the purchase of 15 lease-purchase portable classrooms, using the 10 cent tax available to the district for replacing pre-Field Act buildings and possibly some general funds over the next seven years. Two of the classrooms would be placed at Gustine Elementary School, four would be put at Von Renner Elementary School, four would go to Gustine High and five would be placed at Bonita Elementary.

Public hearing set for under grounding

February 9 will be the date of the public hearing on the Newman Undergrounding District Number One. The date was set by the Newman City Council at its Tuesday meeting. Roughly, the area in the proposed district includes Orestimba High School and land facing the school on the other side of Hardin Road, with the district extending about 200 feet  into the property. A request  for the city to put in an extension to the existing sewer line to apartments on Hardin Road was postponed until a further study of past council actions in such matters could be made. 

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The GUSTINE STANDARD • JANUARY 14, 1971

3 pro gridders to guest awards dinner Saturday 

It’s official - Lance Alworth, stellar wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers, will be here in Gustine Saturday night with Bill Sanderman of the Atlanta Falcons and Russ Smith of the Chargers to make the annual Redskin Boosters Awards Dinner a memorable occasion for Gustine High School football players. The annual awards dinner is a post-season high point for the football players, especially seniors who appeared in their last Gustine High School football game last fall. Trophies are given to outstanding offensive and defensive players from both the varsity and frosh-soph teams; and in addition, special trophies donated every year by Dr. Ben Leonard will be given to the player from each squad who has earned the highest grade point average in his regular classes.