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School starts today

Students hit the books instead of the playground
By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Another school year starts today in Lincoln. Those relaxing summer days are over, at least for area youth and teachers. As of June 2010, 3,468 elementary schools students, 1,437 middle school students and 1,491 high school students are in the district. The News Messenger talked to Western Placer Unified School District staff members about the new school year. “We’re excited about the beginning of another school year and we’re prepared and looking forward to educating and supporting our students and their families,” said Superintendent Scott Leaman on Tuesday. A district goal is to maintain quality programming in schools, according to Leaman. “We did make $1.8 million in cuts this year and the cuts we looked at specifically, most of those are far, far away from the classroom,” Leaman said. “Let’s hope that the students won’t feel those directly.” Lynn Brown, a second/third grade teacher at Sheridan School, stocked students’ desks with arts supplies and workbooks Tuesday afternoon. “I always get excited every year. You don’t know what kids are in the class,” Brown said. “I always have very high expectations and want them to grow academically as well as socially.” There have been changes to this year’s district busing system due to budget cuts so students who live within city limits will not be provided bus service from the district. Also, kindergarten students through 12th grade will ride the same bus. The school district, including assistant superintendent of business Joyce Lopes, talked to the city of Lincoln transit staff this summer to provide city bus service for Lincoln Crossing students attending Twelve Bridges Middle School, according to previous News Messenger reports. The city modified their morning bus route to include a stop at the corner of Ferrari Ranch Road and Groveland Lane at 7:40 a.m. and one at Wilson Park at 7:50 a.m., which is adjacent to Twelve Bridges Middle School, according to the school board’s fact sheet. The city bus will make similar stops in the afternoon, with the first being at Wilson Park at 2:50 p.m. and the second at Ferrari Ranch Road and Groveland Lane at 3:15 p.m. The bus costs 75 cents a ride for students, according to the city’s interim transit supervisor Deborah Yank. She said it’s cheaper to buy a punch pass, which costs $20 per month. Joyce Lopes, the district’s assistant superintendent of business services, said bus route information is available at www.wpusd.k12.ca.us/Departments/Transportation/index.html. Information for city bus routes are available on the city of Lincoln website, which is Lincoln.ca.us. Lopes gave some basic dress code reminders for students. “Students should wear clothing that is comfortable, clean, safe, in good repair and weather appropriate,” Lopes said. She said specific dress code information for each school site is available in student handbooks on the district’s website at www.wpusd.k12.ca.us/Schools?General-Information/index.html. School Times Elementary Schools start at 8:15 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m. Early release time is 1 p.m. Kindergarten morning classes start at 8 a.m. and end at 11:20 a.m. Early release is 11:20 a.m. Kindergarten afternoon classes start at 11:20 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m. Afternoon Kindergarten on early release days follow the morning Kindergarten schedule. Sheridan Elementary School starts at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m. Early release is 12:30 p.m. Sheridan kindergarten morning class starts at 7:50 a.m. Glen Edwards Middle School starts at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 2:55 p.m. Early release is 1 p.m. Twelve Bridges Middle School starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:55 p.m. Early release is 1 p.m. Lincoln High School starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Early release is 1 p.m. Meal Prices Elementary – Breakfast is $1.75. Lunch is $2.50. Milk is 40 cents. Middle School – Breakfast is $1.75. Lunch is $2.75. Milk is 40 cents. High School – Breakfast $2.00 / Lunch $3. Milk is 40 cents.