COP FOR MADERA HIGH — Madera Unified School District trustees voted to pay for a Madera police officer to patrol the high school campus, but it might take awhile. Police Chief Gordon Skeels says his department is already three officers short. Superintendent Tom Riley said the district could declare itself a police department, but it would have to get approval from Sacramento, and then appoint Student Services Director Leon Potter as chief of police.
TRUSTEES GIVE “A” TO NEW SCHOOL SITE — Youngsters on the western side of Madera may soon be headed to a school near the intersection of Granada Drive and Sunset Avenue. Madera Unified trustees approved a 10-acre site located on the north side of Sunset Drive and the proposed extension of 24 1/2. The property is owned by Dave Berry.
HOWARD ROAD RETAINS NAME — Howard Road will retain its name after the Madera City Council withdrew a proposal to make the street a further extension of West Yosemite Avenue. Councilman Sam Price said most merchants along Howard Road originally endorsed the name change when he initiated the idea, but many now oppose the plan. “I would like the city council to remove this item from the agenda and not consider it,” Price said at Monday night’s meeting.
NINE CANDIDATES FOR SCHOOL BOARD — Nine candidates for the Madera Unified School Board gave up game three of the World Series for a couple of hours of debate on issues facing the school district. Jerry Barden, Bill Driggs, Dr. Gus Gustaveson, Dee Herrick, Rudy Alvidrez, Benny Barsotti and Joe Flores are seeking one of the three, full-term seats, and B.J. Robinson and Arlyce Crawford are battling for the one-year seat...