School district considers options on Yerba Buena school

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer In light of recent news that spiraling construction costs and site issues threaten the long-awaited construction of the new Yerba Buena Elementary School, Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) officials and the board of education are exploring various funding sources and alternative approaches to building the school. In December, district officials alerted parents and […]

Community Center celebrates anniversary

Dole hotel project gets approved in Westlake

Dole hotel project gets approved in Westlake By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer After four hours of deliberations, the Westlake Village City Council last week voted 5-0 to approve a request from Castle & Cooke Properties to begin the next phase in development of the Dole corporate headquarters, a six-story hotel and spa. David Murdock, president of Dole, owns the […]

Superintendents sound off on Proposition 57

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer School officials throughout the region are digesting the implications of Gov. Arnold Schwarzen-egger’s $15 billion "Economic Recovery Act" (Proposition 57) and its impact on local school budgets. Prop. 57 would authorize the state to issue up to $15 billion in bonds to finance the existing budget deficit and the expected shortfall for the remainder […]

‘No Child Left Behind’ law causes unexpected problems

By Michelle Knight Acorn Staff Writer When President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, it was designed to reward low-performing schools that improved student achievement and restructure or shut down those schools that did not. It was hailed by Democrats and Republicans alike as the most significant federal education legislation in […]

New medians coming to Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Construction work continues on Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas as part of a beautification project. The city has been planning for more than four years to make the medians on Las Virgenes similar to others in nearby neighborhoods, according to Calabasas public works director/city engineer Charles Mink. Workers began the project about three months […]

MTA board approves bus-service name change

In deference to the area’s former history as a region of orange groves, the MTA board of directors recently approved the designation of the San Fernando Valley Metro Rapidway as the Metro Orange Line. The 14-mile dedicated busway, which will connect the North Hollywood Metro Red Line station and Warner Center in Woodland Hills, is currently under construction. MTA has […]

Library gets new director

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of R. Duke Blackwood as executive director of the Reagan Foundation. Currently director of the library and museum, Blackwood oversees operations of federal employees in key archival, curatorial, research and administrative functions. In his new role, he’ll lead the Reagan Foundation staff in preserving the legacy of […]

For the record

Those Thousand Oaks businesses where residents were told in last week’s edition that they could dispose of household batteries will only accept vehicle batteries, not household batteries. For complete information about the Thousand Oaks battery and waste disposal program, call (805) 449-SAVE (7283).

Qualifications of teachers questioned by NCLB

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer California teachers in all grade levels must prove that they’re "highly qualified" under the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001" (NCLB). The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) enacted in 1965 has been reauthorized under NCLB to ensure that all students are taught by highly qualified teachers by the end of the 2005-06 […]