Come October of this year, Logan Douglas will be headed to Louisville, Kentucky. The OHS Class of 2014 alum however, will not be making the trek with Agriculture teacher Isaac Robles for vacation. Douglas will be en route as one of four finalists for a national Future Farmers of America proficiency award.
Incoming seventh grade students are not the only ones new to the Oakdale Junior High School halls this 2015-16 school year. This summer as the students were busy shopping for back to school essentials, Melody Higgins and Dave Schmitt were equally busy preparing their classrooms as newly appointed teaching staff for the OJUSD.
Lance Campbell will be busy with more than class prep for his Social Studies students at East Stanislaus High School in the 2015-16 school year. Campbell is the newly elected President of the Oakdale Teachers Association. A position he sees as both a welcome challenge and an honor.
To the outsider looking in, little has changed on the campus of Oakdale Junior High since school recessed in May to start summer vacation. As the home to Oakdale Joint Unified School District's seventh and eighth grade classes, it is the only campus within the district that transitions its student body by roughly 50 percent each school year.
On Thursday, August 6 Oakdale Joint Unified Schools will once again be in session. For a handful of our readers that means nothing. Total enrollment for OJUSD is just shy of 5,300 students. So when I say a 'handful' I mean that quite literally.
Much of Susan Dyke's job as Oakdale Joint Unified School District Chief Business Officer was under the microscope in the 2014-2015 school year. As the 'keeper of the books' so to speak, the numbers cruncher and the Administrator in charge of the projected budget much was spoken about a reserve, which was believed to be too high during contract negotiations.