The Elk Grove Unified School District board has scheduled a series of community meetings this week to gather information about the attributes residents want in a new superintendent.
Steven Ladd announced he will retire from the top position at the 62,000-student district on Sept. 12. The 62-year-old Ladd has led the district for more than nine years, making him the longest-tenured superintendent of a large local district.
The meetings will be held Wednesday and Thursday at various high schools.
Wednesday’s meetings are at 4 and 6 p.m. at Florin High School, 7956 Cottonwood Lane in Sacramento, and at Laguna Creek High School, 9050 Vicino Drive in Elk Grove.
Thursday’s meetings are at 4 and 6 p.m. at Valley High School, 6300 Ehrhardt Ave. in Sacramento, and at Pleasant Grove High School, 9531 Bond Road in Elk Grove.
The meetings also will provide an opportunity for the school board to receive information on the direction of the school district, according to a news release from EGUSD. The new superintendent will be given a copy of the comments and suggestions.
The district also has posted a survey on its website, at www.egusd.net.
Representatives of the search firm hired by the district to find a new superintendent, McPherson & Jacobson LLC, will lead the community discussion and analyze the survey results.
Natomas offers free whooping cough shots
Natomas Unified School District will offer free Tdap shots to incoming seventh-graders on Thursday. The state requires the whooping cough booster before students begin seventh grade.
Whooping cough is a contagious disease that can cause violent coughing fits that make it difficult to breathe.
The clinic will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. at Natomas Unified Education Center, 1901 Arena Blvd. in Sacramento.
The shot also protects against tetanus and diphtheria.
Parents who want an exemption from the Tdap requirement should get a form from the office at their child’s school. The form must be filled out by a pediatrician and returned to the school.
Talk focuses on American River’s invasive species
The fourth installment of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s speaker series will concentrate on aquatic invasive species in the American River.
The 7 p.m. presentation Tuesday at the Nimbus Hatchery visitor center in Rancho Cordova, is part of the first California Invasive Species Action week, which runs through Aug. 10. For a complete list of the week’s activities, go to www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives.
The Nimbus Hatchery is at 2001 Nimbus Road. Preregistration of Tuesday’s presentation is not required.
Children’s hospital offers free dance concert
UC Davis Children’s Hospital is offering a free concert to the public Thursday, featuring the Sacramento band Hip Service playing dance tunes on the lawn of Shriners Hospitals of Children, Northern California.
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets to the smoke- and alcohol-free event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at X and 45th streets in Sacramento. Free parking will be available at UC Davis lots and the Shriners garage.
Along with games, crafts, bounce houses and clowns in the kids zone, a player from the Sacramento Republic FC soccer team will be on hand to greet the public.
Japanese church bazaar will draw thousands
As many as 35,000 people are expected to attend one of Sacramento’s longest-running church bazaars – The Sacramento Buddhist Church Japanese Culture and Food Festival – this weekend.
The 68-year-old festival, featuring Japanese and American food plates, is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd.
The festival originated after Japanese Americans who were forced into internment camps during World War II returned to Sacramento and started the event to celebrate food and friendship. The bazaar is a key fundraiser for the temple, supporting Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops, youth sports programs and the Japanese language school.
Festival entertainment includes Japanese folk dancers and singers and the Sacramento Taiko drumming group.
Car museum stages sixth annual cruise on Saturday
The sixth annual California Automobile Museum Car Cruise will be held Saturday. Cruisers will assemble at California State University, Sacramento, in the early afternoon. At 4 p.m., the colorful car parade will start making its way toward Fulton Avenue.
The museum expects 400 cars to be parked along Fulton, which will be blocked off between El Camino and Marconi avenues, by 5 p.m. Through 8 p.m., on-the-street activities include live music at multiple venues, vendors, beverage sales and food trucks. Show awards will be handed out at 7:30 p.m. There is no charge for spectators.
California’s June export totals due Wednesday
In 2013, California businesses exported merchandise valued at $168.13 billion, an all-time record. But through five months this year, shipments are running ahead of that pace. On Wednesday, state export totals for June will be released by Beacon Economics, a consulting firm with offices in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.