Is The Front Of The Middle School Safe From Traffic?

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If the parents think it’s not safe, drop them off somewhere else – they are not forced to use the front of the school, though it might be horrifying for them to not have their little snowflakes out of their sight.

Judy Smith’s children attend Pacific Grove Middle School, and she says Forest Avenue is simply too narrow, and busy for drop-off zones. Standing outside of the school, looking at a parade of cars drive by, Smith says, “This just makes no sense having it here on a busy street like this.”

The Center for Investigative Action wanted to know just how dangerous Forrest Avenue is, so we looked at the accident rates for the past ten years. Out of the 440 accidents on the roadway, only five were in front of the school. Pacific Grove Police Chief Darius Engles says, “The road is really no less safe than any of the roads in Pacific Grove.”

Is The Front Of The Middle School Safe From Traffic?

Swine Flu Shows Up In P.G.M.S. Student

Teachers Union no doubt will be asking for a raise to monitor signs of flu symptoms.

The student became sick over the weekend and the doctor faxed the school Wednesday the confirmation of a Type A influenza diagnosis. Type A influenza can be caused by different viruses, but in recent months most cases have been traced to the H1N1 virus.

Administrators at Pacific Grove Unified School District are reviewing precautions normally taken during the flu season with an increased level of awareness, said Cindy Gallo, director of student services. But despite apparent heightened concerns, only two people contacted her after she put out a statement announcing the possible case of swine flu.

Swine Flu Shows Up In P.G.M.S. Student

Lawsuit Against City In Middle School Death

Just a few years ago drop offs were banned on the west side of Forest. Someone was thinking about the danger then.
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“The drop-off/pickup area in front of Pacific Grove Middle School was set up in a dangerous location,” the claim contends.

But moving the drop-off area doesn’t mean another tragedy won’t occur, Blakely said. “An out-of-control driver on any of those streets could cause the same accident,” he said.

The Woodses are seeking at least $3 million in the claim, which was received by the city Nov. 21. The city, which has 45 days to respond, will likely deny the claim, at which point Brady said the family might file a lawsuit. “We are waiting for the city’s next move,” Brady said.

Lawsuit Against City In Middle School Death

P.G. Man Killed By Driver In Front Of Middle School

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Joel Woods, 35, was attempting to enter his parked car on Forest Avenue by Pacific Grove Middle School at about noon when he was struck by a car driven by Deborah King, 51, of Monterey, according to Pacific Grove police.

King was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and is being held on $30,000 bail. Earlier reports that King was suspected of drunken driving were incorrect. The ongoing investigation may lead to more serious charges, said Cmdr. John Nyunt.

P.G. Man Killed By Driver In Front Of Middle School

Obvious Building Mistake #3,495,707

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Couple of local reports on the theft of the lettering on the ugly sign in front of the “Pacific Grove Performing Arts Center” also know as the middle school auditorium.Art Center Last Letter
When you build it on a school grounds, make it kid proof. Little alpha bits held on so poorly that they were popped off with little or no damage to the stucco make it appear that no forethought was given to the surroundings.

Obvious Building Mistake #3,495,707

School Administrators Get $1,700,000 Offices, Students Get None

Money to pay for the projects will come from Measure D, a $42 million bond passed in 2006 to pay for repairs and renovations of classrooms, schools and other education facilities.

Next time someone asks you to give and give for the schools, remember the $1.7 million dollars the school kids will never use.

There’s no mention of the fate of the old buildings that are unfit for administrators – will our kids end up attending classes in them?

Sixty years after the Pacific Grove Unified School District administration moved into military barracks at Fountain and Sinex avenues, the buildings are on their way to retirement.

Board members voted last week to build a new district office at the former community high school site, located near a field used by Pacific Grove Middle School.

The new building will be about 7,000 square feet, or about 1,000 square feet more than at the district office’s current location. Cost of the new district headquarters is estimated at $1.7 million.

School Administrators Get $1,700,000 Offices, Students Get None

P.G. Middle School Student Caught With Gun On Campus

January 25
Officials said the boy — an 8th-grader — brought a .25-caliber, semi-automatic pistol and clip onto the campus of Pacific Grove Middle School Friday. He put the weapon in his locker and showed it off to several classmates.

January 26
Student Who Brought Gun To School Is Seaside Police Officer’s Son
A 13-year-old boy who is charged with bringing a gun to school in Pacific Grove is the son of a local police officer, according to investigators.

July 1, 2006
Former police officer pleads not guilty to gun charges
Larry Raussa is accused of keeping the gun after it was turned over to him from the Monterey police evidence locker to be lodged as evidence at the Seaside Police Department. The weapon was never turned in to Seaside police and was taken by a 13-year-old boy under Raussa’s care to Pacific Grove Middle School in January 2005.

July 28, 2006
Former Seaside officer pleads guilty to receiving stolen gun

The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that former Seaside police officer Larry Raussa, 62, pleaded guilty to one felony count of receiving stolen property.

Raussa, entered the felony plea with the understanding that Judge Terrance Duncan would reduce the charge to a misdemeanor when he is sentenced on Sept. 27 and that he will serve community service rather than a jail term.

September 28, 2006
Ex-officer receives probation

At sentencing, Judge Terrance Duncan granted a defense motion to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor and sentenced Raussa to three years probation and 200 hours of community service. Duncan said Raussa has suffered enough after losing his job in connection with the incident.

Raussa and his attorney, Mel Grimes, said the former police officer simply forgot that he had the gun. But Deputy District Attorney Andy Liu argued it was impossible because the gun had been altered from its original state. Liu asked the court to sentence Raussa to 90 days in jail in addition to probation and community service.

P.G. Middle School Student Caught With Gun On Campus