Applause: Kudos to Steven M. Ladd, former Elk Grove superintendent

Kudos to: Steven M. Ladd, former Elk Grove superintendent

Accomplishment: Cosumnes Oaks High School culinary academy named after Ladd

Details: Ladd, who retired Sept. 12 after nearly a decade with the district, championed the state-of-the art culinary academy where students learn nutrition science, restaurant management, food chemistry and culinary skills.

Kudos to: Theodore Judah Elementary School in Sacramento jog-a-thon sponsors and participants

Accomplishment: On target to raise $18,000

Details: The event funds the schoolwide music program. Music enhances creativity and critical thinking, according to Principal Corrie Celeste.

Kudos to: Sacramento City Unified School District

Accomplishment: Celebrated 160th birthday

Details: The City Council launched the district on Oct. 2, 1854. When the first school opened later that year, two teachers were hired, followed by five more, according to the district. Monthly salaries for male teachers: $150. For female teachers: $125.

Bill Lindelof