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VUSD shuts down due to coronavirus pandemic

VUSD shuts down due to coronavirus pandemic

Charlotte D'Orsi

March 15, 2020

COVID-19 virus prompts district-wide shutdown for at least a month. During the evening of Mar. 12, Ventura Unified School District announced the commencement of a district-wide shutdown beginning on Mar. 16 until Apr. 10 with the possibility of a further extension. Discussion of school closures in Ven...

District Choir concert proves to be therapy for the ears

The last song of the evening,

Yasmin Myers and Riley Ramirez

January 23, 2020

A night filled with choral, pop and jazz selections. On Jan. 17, parents and friends gathered in Buena High School’s auditorium, ready to hear the musical chords sung by various school’s choir programs, including Balboa Middle, DATA, Ventura High and Buena High. With an opening greeting from Buena...

Choose Ventura, the choice is yours

Ventura High has been selected to become a School of Choice after being off the list for the last couple of years. Photo by: Yasmin Myers

Anna Guerra and Yasmin Myers

January 23, 2020

Ventura High opens School of Choice to all students within VUSD According to Ventura Unified School District’s website, School of Choice is a process that grants parents of VUSD kids to select any school within the district that they would like to place their child in. SOC allows the process of choosin...

VUSD appoints Dr. Roger Rice as new Superintendent

Incoming VUSD Superintendent Roger Rice. Photo by: Ventura County Office of Education

Sam Coats

January 10, 2019

The Ventura Unified School District Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday, January 8, to select Dr. Roger Rice, the current Deputy Superintendent for Student Services at the Ventura County Office of Education, as VUSD’s next superintendent. The decision came less than a month after Superintendent David C...

Creswell resignation accepted, Dr. Jeff Davis interim superintendent

Creswell resignation accepted, Dr. Jeff Davis interim superintendent

Micah Wilcox

December 14, 2018

Ventura Unified School District has selected Dr. Jeff Davis, current Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources as the interim superintendent to succeed resigning Superintendent David Creswell according to a letter signed by the VUSD Board of Education. Per the letter, Creswell’s resignation was ac...

The District revamps their logo and branding

The crew speaking with VHS Assistant Principal Chris Murphy, in charge of curriculum and instruction. Photo by: Sarah Clench

Sarah Clench

December 5, 2018

Recently, Ventura Unified School District created a new logo and is going through a brand development process. According to VUSD’s website, there will be modern and vibrant changes to the website and other communications. As a part of this brand development, on Thursday, Nov. 29, there was a film crew a...

VUSD Superintendent accused of bigotry

Junior Aidan Moran said of his own thoughts on Creswell’s comments on LGBTQI+ youth: “Even though he said some things that I may not agree with, I have talked with Superintendent Creswell numerous times and have never felt as if he was discriminatory, in fact he was quite the opposite.” Photo by: Sam Hicks

Garrett Jaffe, Miles Bennett, and Sam Hicks

November 29, 2018

On Feb. 21 2016, the current Superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District, David Creswell, appeared at the Redeemer Baptist Church in Riverside California to deliver a sermon as a guest pastor. During his sermon, Creswell made comments that many consider insensitive, homophobic and transphobic. ...

Diversity Collective hosts community meeting on superintendent’s remarks

Steve Bailey shares his thoughts on Superintendent David Creswell's 2016 sermon.

Micah Wilcox

November 28, 2018

“We would never have hired [Superintendent David Creswell] if we had known [about] this,” said school board member Mary Haffner about Cresswell’s controversial 2016 sermon in which he made statements seen as derogatory about LGBTQ+ students. Diversity Collective Ventura County (DCVC) hosted a discussion for communi...

Candidates vie to replace retiring VUSD School Board member

Some of the local political figures backing each candidate. Infographic by: Sam Coats

Sam Coats

September 11, 2018

As the November elections draw closer, Jerry Dannenberg, Deborah Meyer-Morris, and Madhu Bajaj are locked in a heated race to replace retiring trustee, John Walker on the Ventura Unified School District School Board. This will be the first Board election ever to utilize the district system, whic...

A 1.25 percent compromise

A 1.25 percent compromise

January 17, 2018

Nowadays, it’s common for students to take their teachers for granted without necessarily even realizing that they’re doing so. For some students, they look forward to visiting old teachers of theirs once they’re home from college. However, what most students don’t consider is the fact that Ventura Unified School District teachers a...

Opinion: Students, what are you worth?

Infographic by: Brooke Newman

November 9, 2017

I recently heard that Ventura High School students are worth 37 dollars. I didn’t know what that meant, so I looked it up. After many different pages I read I found that schools are given money for their students attendance. Meaning that when students sit in their seats and get marked as present, the school is showing to the district that their students are showi...

No Consent for the 2%

No Consent for the 2%

Ryan King

October 17, 2017

In the previous article, “The power was in the numbers: VUSD teachers appeal for 2 percent pay increase,” The Cougar Press stated that in Santa Barbara, Oxnard Union, and Pleasant Valley school districts, teachers receive thousands more dollars per year than VUSD teachers. At 27 years, VUSD teac...

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