Following a major disaster, fire, law enforcement and emergency services might not be able to meet the demand for services, according to Morgan Hill’s Emergency Services Office. Individuals and families will need to be self-sufficient for at least three days. That’s where training as a volunteer for the Community Emergency Response Team can be helpful, improving your understanding of how to be prepared and respond to a major disaster, according to Morgan Hill Emergency Services Director Jennifer Ponce. The FEMA-developed CERT curriculum delivers emergency preparedness skills and trains students in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. CERT basic training classes are free to South Santa Clara County residents. High school students are welcome, and will receive community service hours for this training, Ponce said. To register for CERT training, go to www.mhcert.com. Courses are on Tuesday evenings, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Morgan Hill Police Department’s Emergency Operations training room. On the last day of training, students will test their skills in a disaster simulation Saturday, Oct. 26. For more information about CERT training, contact the Morgan Hill Office of Emergency Services at (408) 776-7310, or [email protected]
Gilroy Police officers arrested a 50-year-old former Hollister middle school teacher Monday on charges of allegedly having an ongoing relationship with a minor.
Sobrato High School students will host a tomato plant sale at the Britton Middle School tennis courts Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The school is located at 80 W. Central Ave.
The Santa Clara County Board of Education filed a lawsuit Dec. 11 against former County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Weis to recover proceeds the board loaned him for a condo in San Jose. During his four years of service, Weis was provided with a $915,000 housing loan as part of his employment contract. According to various reports, he used $890,000 of that to secure a condo in downtown San Jose about five miles away from the district office. After retiring June 30, Weis noted that he wished to turn the condo – which has dropped significantly in value since it was purchased in 2008 – over to the County Board of Education.Weis, however, did not pursue any other steps to properly transfer the property or repay his housing loan to the board, according to a press release by the Santa Clara County Board of Education. Despite efforts by the board to come to an agreement on how to handle the property, Weis has not cemented a plan for resolving the debt on his condo, according to the press release. The County Board of Education chose to pursue legal action against Weis to establish title of the condo property and recover the remaining funds from the loan. The suit is for $952,409.69.
After eight years serving as a trustee on the Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education, outgoing member Rhoda Bress, 62, received a heartfelt farewell and standing ovation from colleagues, friends and family as her second term came to a close Thursday evening.
HONORS: Jordan Esquivel: Air Force Reserve Airman Jordan A. Esquivel graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
HONORS: Kahikoleiulu Dudoit: Navy Seaman Recruit Kahikoleiulu Dudoit, a 2011 graduate of Central High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Anyone familiar with teenagers knows they seem to follow a different clock than adults, preferring to sleep later in the morning and stay up later at night. In fact, some school systems have recognized this by delaying the start of the school day past the normal 8 a.m. Thus, I was surprised to find a classroom full of Gilroy teens voluntarily meeting at 5:55 a.m. on a Monday morning to study religion – and they do this on a daily basis throughout the school year.
St. Mary School, in partnership with St. Joseph Family Center and as part of the school’s annual walkathon this year, collected new or gently used athletic shoes that will be distributed to the youth in the Gilroy area.
Parent of three Cheryl Galloway put things into perspective from a student’s standpoint during a community forum Tuesday night on a proposed ballot initiative intended to help fund schools.