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CUSD board extends benefits, honors newbies
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These new employees of the Ceres Unified School District were welcomed and honored by the Ceres Unified School District board last week.

Ceres Unified School District (CUSD) classified management personnel holding masters and/or doctorate degrees will be compensated.

The Ceres School Board approved the recommendation with a unanimous vote Thursday evening.

“It’s already offered to certificated staff,” CUSD Assistant Supt. of Business Services Dan Pangrazio said. “All we’re doing is adding it to the classified salary schedule.”

Classified management personnel holding a master’s degree will receive an additional $1,000 per year stipend.

Classified management personnel holding a doctorate degree will receive an additional $900 per year stipend.

“It incentivizes getting further degrees,” Pangrazio said. 

The salary schedule changes take effect at the beginning of the 2019-20 fiscal year.

“It was a decision that was easy to make and supported by the board of trustees,” Pangrazio said. “We value all of our employees equally.”

The following employees will be eligible to receive stipends if they earn masters and/or doctorate degrees.  

• Administrative Assistant II

• Head Start Site Supervisor

• Custodial and Grounds Supervisor

• Campus Safety Officer

• Assistant Director Child Nutrition

• Administrative Assistant to Superintendent

• Assistant Director Maintenance & Operations

• Assistant Director Transportation

• Assistant Director Information Technology

• Data and System Manager

• Supervisor of Accounting

• Director Child Nutrition

• Communications Specialist

• Director Information Technology

• Director Maintenance, Facilities, Transportation

• Chief Financial Officer and Director of Fiscal Services.

Completed projects

In other district news, the Ceres School Board approved notices of completion for several construction projects.

J.L. Bray & Son Inc. added a six-classroom building and bus loop at Caswell Elementary for $3.2 million.

A $2.6 million four-classroom building was added at Carroll Fowler Elementary. 

Both projects were funded by the Measure U Bond.

New employees

The Argus/Endeavor Multi-use room was packed with family members and friends of more than 100 new employees on Sept. 12.

The following new district workers were introduced to the Ceres School Board:

Adkison Elementary

Hannah Menk

Ana Prado-Jimenez

Roberta Riley

Hayley Rovito

 Lita Teixeira-Ahrens

Carroll Fowler Elementary

Erika Alarcon

Elizabeth Hernandez

Christine Ibarra

Nereyda Martinez

Ashley Ramirez

Blanca Schopp

Caswell Elementary

Patricia Correia

Angelica Hernandez

Genesis Mejia

Monica Mendoza

Victoria Penaloza

Daisy Ramirez

Gurpreet Shokar

Don Pedro Elementary

Dakinya Rashonazlo

Melissa Ruger

La Rosa Elementary

Anika Brock

Edith Gonzalez

Maribel Moralez-Perez

Lucas Elementary

Sonia Lopez Rodriguez

Melina Ramirez

Sam Vaughn Elementary

Bethany Doty

Manjot Kaur

Sophia Rout

Sinclear Elementary

Amy Souza

Stephanie Wallace

Virginia Parks Elementary

Holly Gaylor

Samantha Gomez Centeno

Debora Rodriguez

Walter White Elementary

Kassandra Gutierrez

Daisy Ochoa

Evelyn Padilla

Nadean Perry

Clarisa Ramirez

Dianna Smith 

Westport Elementary

Jasmin Montalbo

Patricia K. Beaver Elementary

Melina Ramirez

Susana Godinez

Blaker-Kinser Jr. High

Jacob Dominguez

Kimberly Flores

Vaneza Torres Pichardo

Cesar Chavez Jr. High

Jordan Abbott

Kate Bigelow

Nicholas Crivelli

Jonathan Davis

Beatriz Flores

Yadira Hurtado Orozco

Brian Jones

Sydnee Tickenoff

Elizabeth Valencia

Mae Hensley Jr. High

Kate Bigelow

Jeffrey Kleiner 

Bertha “Alicia” Linarez

Ray Lopez

Sergio Lopez Castillo

Margarita Ramos

Sara Wilson

Argus Continuation High School/Endeavor Alternative School

Tyler Bolton

Salvador Loera

Central Valley High School

Ana Aguirre Naranjo

Alejandro Arzola

April Autrand

Anna Brown

Kyle Cerny

Krystal Cole

Anthony Kasch

Rob Mayben

Marcos Mendoza

Michael Parsons

Jennifer Perez

Aja Scheuber 

Ceres High School

Ana Aguirre Naranjo

Andrea Baroni

Edimayri Corrales Ayon

Gurpreet Deol

Leah Grant

Jordan Lefler

Cameron Moscozo

Joshua Mullins

Lizabeth Yepiz-Hernandez

Whitmore Charter

Amed Cazarez

Ashley Maderr-Gill

Allison Mugele

Monique Newton

Enoe Ochoa

Carmen Rivas

Jess Watson

Dana Whetstone

Business Services/Child Nutrition Department

Monica McGowan

Jennifer Montesdeoca 

Maria Rosas Zepeda

Matthew Teixeira

Business Services/Technology

Jonathan Slefo

Business Services/Transportation Department

Maria Wolf

Student Support Services/Educational Options

Priscilla Cruz

Timothy Durazo

Martha Gallardo

Brennan Hauser

Vicki Lopez

Wuilfrido Molina

Sahil Soni

Student Support Services/Project YES 

Ulises Rosales Jr.

Student Support Services/Preschool

Ashliegh Bain

Kimberly Carr

Lisa Van Scoy

Jocelyn Verdusco

Marilu Villasenor

Student Support Services/Special Education

Kimberly Berbena

Claudia Calderon

Karina Cantu

Emily Farris

Kelly Garcia

Kelly Gloria

Teresa Madruga

Sandra Perez

Victor Santoyo

Meghan Sims

Student Support Services/Student Services Department 

Alma Curiel Santillan

Clement Out-Tei

Morgan Parker