50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • AUGUST 20,  1970

Von Renner starts new reading program

Learning to read will be a little different for some students at Von Renner Elementary School this year. The school will be using an “Early/Late” reading program in three classes this year. The “Early/Late” is a scheduling change which reduces the size of the class for part of the school day. With fewer children, the teacher is free to give more individualized help with reading problems. According to Principal Robert Bush, the program will be used in one class of the first, second and third grades during this first year. Approximately half of each class will come to school at the regular 8:30 a.m. time and have an hour of work in reading. The remainder of the class will come at 9:30 a.m. but will stay until 3 p.m. to have their reading session.

Accreditation extended for Orestimba High 

Orestimba High School recently had its accreditation extended until June 30, 1972.

To many citizens this statement sounds good, but means very little. What is accreditation and how does the school get it?

Accreditation means that a school meets certain standards set by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. These standards are set for curriculum, staff and all phases of the school operation.

Citizens plan new fund drive 

Spokesmen for the Citizens for Deunification Committee have announced plans to hold a second fund raising drive, beginning August 24.

The Committee has collected $4,100 to date but needs another $3,400 to finance the proceedings through the hearings by the State Department of Education.

A complete canvas of district is planned, however anyone wishing to make a donation may do so by contacting any of the following committee members: Paul Strazi, Clarence Gomes, Joe DeGregori, Gordon Hollister, Ed and Marlene Terry, Balbina Pometta, or Lois Borba.

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The GUSTINE STANDARD • AUGUST 20, 1970

HoHum (yawn) maybe we’ll get it next year

Hopes for rebuilding the Southern Pacific Railroad crossing on South Ave. this year appeared to be dashed Monday night when City Manager Edwin Petersen reported it will be at least June 1, 1971 before the work can be done. Petersen has been working on this project since early last year with the hopes that the roadwork could be done at the same time as other street construction.  He told council that the State Public Utilities Commission will not allow the roadwork to be done until a safety device is installed. Earlier this year, Petersen obtained an agreement with the SP to install the device, but under the agreement terms they have one year from the date of the agreement to fulfill that obligation. 

Hospital board election slated 

Directors of the West Side Community Hospital District have filed legal notice that two directors will be elected Nov. 3, one from Zone 2 (the city of Newman), and one from Zone 4 (the city of Gustine).

G.E. Beckstead, the present director from Gustine, told the Standard that he will file for re-election. The Newman director is Ross Smith. Nominations, which may be filed with the secretary of the West Side Community Hospital District or with the County Clerks of Merced or Stanislaus County, must be filed not later than Aug. 31, 1970. 

Flexibility is key to 3-2 high school study plan

Gustine High School will not open its doors Sept. 8 with the 3-2 plan already in force. In the interest of operational efficiency and for the sake of later comparisons, classes will start in September on the traditional daily class schedule - seven classes per day, the same classes every day. Until mid-October, teachers and administrators will be perfecting as many details as they can think of relating to the institution of the 3-2 plan; and then, tentatively scheduled for late October, the plan will go into operation. At that time Tuesdays and Thursdays will become special days, when students take classes they have personally chosen to take and when teachers offer a far wider curriculum of classroom experiences than Gustine High students have ever known.