Districts don’t know if they owe

first_imgThe question of whether school districts in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys will have to reimburse the state as much as $15million for the construction of special-education classrooms remains unresolved. State officials had told school officials that no reimbursement would be required under a new law, but attorneys for one state agency later issued an opinion saying otherwise, district officials said. “Our impression was that things were going to be dealt with administratively in our favor, and then the attorneys for the State Allocation Board told the (Office of Public School Construction’s) implementation committee that they interpreted the law as retroactive,” Newhall School District Superintendent Marc Winger said. “That set us all back again.” State officials had a different perspective, however, and said there had been a misunderstanding. The districts would not face liability unless they agree to it. “No liability would occur unless they agree to transfer eligibility back to the county and take title to the facilities,” said Rob Cook, deputy director of the Department of General Services. “No one can unilaterally force the liability on the school districts. The districts would have to accept the liability.” District officials say the new law would unfairly penalize them for taking over from Los Angeles County the special-education programs for severely disabled students several years ago. Assembly Bill 2947 would require districts to repay the state for part of the cost of constructing special-education classrooms that were built with 100percent state funding given to the Los Angeles County Office of Education when it ran the programs. Ten Antelope Valley school districts stand to lose more than $12million. Four elementary districts in the Santa Clarita Valley face losing $2.3million, based on the number of classrooms that were built, officials said. The classrooms were built in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and the special-education programs were transferred from the county Office of Education to the districts from 2000 to 2004. At the time, school officials said the districts had grown to such a point that they commanded the resources to assume responsibility for providing such services. The bill says if the county transfers title of the classrooms to the districts within 10 years of their occupation, then the districts would have to pay the state back. The county still has title to the classrooms but wants to transfer it to the districts because the law says the county’s eligibility for special-education school construction funding, which was hurt by the transfer, can’t be restored until the title transfer occurs. Winger says he believes the State Allocation Board and Office of Public School Construction are trying to avoid penalizing the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley school districts. “But they were pretty candid that they have a law, signed by the governor, and have to do something to implement that law,” he said. Another option is legislation proposed by state Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, Winger said. The districts also have a legal opinion from their own attorneys that the law, if implemented, would constitute a breach of contract, Winger said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Holds Minnesota To 0-0 Draw

first_imgBox Score DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team held the Minnesota Gophers scoreless for a 0-0 draw, that was played in three, 30-minute periods on Saturday evening at the Cownie Soccer Complex in the Bulldogs’ final exhibition game. “We spent a large portion of the game on defense, but I think we did a really good job if one person got beat everyone else recovered for them,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “I thought we were organized and were hard to break down. Overall, we got better as the game wore on and gained valuable game fitness.” The Bulldogs open the regular season on Friday, Aug. 19 when they travel to North Dakota State. “North Dakota State always does well in its conference so it will be a good even match to start the season and one that we will have to be prepared for,” said Horner. The Bulldogs had one last chance to score the game-winning goal in the final minute but Ali Smith’s header off an excellent corner kick by Hurt went just wide. The Bulldogs had one of their chances to get on the board in the 47th-minute but MU’s Tarah Hobbs saved a shot from Mariah Northrop.After 60 minutes of action the game remained scoreless with a combined three shots taken in the second period.  Print Friendly Version The Gophers came out aggressive, tallying six corner kick and four shot, but the Bulldog defense handled the pressure extremely well to end the first period scoreless, 0-0. Drake’s lone shot of the period came from Kasey Hurt which ended up going wide. In the final period, the Gophers managed to put more pressure back on the Bulldogs’ defense. Brooke Dennis came up with five saves to keep Minnesota off the board.last_img read more

Planetfriendly fusion cuisine a meal at Cala Luna

first_imgAll of the dishes are overseen by chef Hugo González, who seeks to unite the farm’s and sea’s varied tastes and colors in a healthy and aesthetically pleasing meal. And don’t forget dessert: the restaurant offers artisanal sorbets, mousses, cake, merengues and more.Diners interested in learning more can also visit the hotel’s farm, La Senda, and see the whole process: from the garden to your table as a finished meal. Cala Luna offers a buffet for breakfast which includes a varied selection of fruits. Jordi Louzao / The Tico Times Enjoying the breakfast at Cala Luna’s restaurant. Jordi Louzao / The Tico TimesCala Luna Boutique Hotel offers its guests the options of beach home villas with a swimming pool, parking, kitchen, suites and deluxe rooms. For more information visit their web site or Facebook page.Cala Luna Boutique Hotel donated a room to The Tico Times to support our coverage of the Ocaso Music Festival, the tour throughout La Senda Farm, news on Tamarindo, travel trends in Tamarindo and new offerings in the region. Are you a hotel owner? Contact us at cvargas@ticotimes.net / 506-4000-0838 to learn more about how to advertise or sponsor coverage of your community and special events in your region. Facebook Comments Related posts:Inside a Costa Rican microbrewery – at the beach How the Tamarindo Labyrinth was created The growth of the Tamarindo Diria Hotel Tamarindo gears up for Art Wave Festival Cala Luna, the sustainable boutique hotel in Langosta Beach, Guanacaste, has a menu on a mission.All of the dishes at the seaside restaurant are prepared with organic and locally produced foods, showcasing the agroecological methods its creators embrace. Breakfast by the sea. Jordi Louzao / The Tico Times“The owners [of the hotel] and the guests value ecological, sustainable, and organic ideology. We work directly with the owners’ farm, La Senda,” Cala Luna restaurant captain Angelo Ortiz told The Tico Times.“Many people don’t know what agroecology is,” he added. “It’s everything that you can plant and grow in a plantation without chemical products, without damaging the environment, and using all the studies that have been done about the plants as to how the plants’ roots grow, what temperature works for them, and how much water they need.” A snook fillet served with vegetables and sweet mashed potatoes. Jordi Louzao / The Tico TimesOnce this has been established and measured, the hotel uses the information to grow a varied selection of vegetables such as lettuce, zucchini, pipián, tomato, basil, sorghum, native beans, and many more.Most of these vegetables are used to accompany the main courses, which often include meat, fish or chicken. Cala Luna uses locally caught fish.“We work directly with artisanal fishermen… Our most iconic dinner dish is the fish of the day served in banana leaves. It has cashews seeds produced at La Senda as well,” and a tamarind sauce, Ortíz said. “When the banana leaf is needed in the kitchen, they just go the hotel patio and cut them.” Cala Luna’s fish of the day, snook, served in a banana leaf with a crust of cashew, sautéed vegetables with turmeric, tamarindo sauce and bean noodles. Jordi Louzao / The Tico Timeslast_img read more