25 years ago in the week of Feb. 11, 1988

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MAPA RIPS INTO MUSD HIRING PRACTICES — Allegations of harassment and dismal minority hiring practices by Madera Unified School District were leveled by Ben Benavidez, vice president of the Fresno Chapter of the Mexican American Political Association. Benavidez ripped into the district’s alleged failure to hire Mexican-Americans and hinted proof of racial discrimination was being documented by “current school principals.” Benevidez referred to a janitor’s complaint of sexual and racial harassment.

WEBSTER WILL GO YEAR-ROUND — Madera Unified trustees are giving Webster School parents and teachers a year to get their family and professional lives in order before the school is put on a year-round schedule. Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to convert Webster Elementary into a year-round school starting in July 1989. Madera Ranchos community members are split between going year-round or exploring other alternatives such as busing junior high school age students to Eastin Arcola School to help alleviate overcrowding.

STUDENTS HEAD EAST FOR MORDECAI RESEARCH — James Monroe students Franklin Escobedo, Ryan Cope, and Ben Cortez bid their family and friends farewell Thursday as they boarded a bus in Madera headed for Virginia, North Carolina, and Mississippi. The group is spending its break from year-round classes to conduct extensive research on a historical project, a study of George Washington Mordecai, Madera County’s first Assemblyman. Classes in the three eastern states are working on the project with the Madera students.

MADERA HIGH GETS TRIPLE BATTING CAGE — A new batting cage that features three separate batting areas has been installed at Madera High School. “This facility will be the envy of every school in this area,” said Coach Ron Scott. The addition was made possible by a fundraiser and volunteer help. Lee’s Concrete donated all the cement, and Jim Spraggins did most of the work associated with pouring the foundation. Tom DaSilva did most of the welding work. Scott said John Shelton and Mel Parker also volunteered work...

 

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