Local News Briefs: March 22, 2023

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Top small-town food scene
Over the weekend, TheTravel.com, a website dedicated to proving travel trends and travel guides to destinations across the United States and the world, recently named Winters as the top small-town that a foodie enthusiast should consider visiting, in the article “Gastronomic Delights: 10 California Towns That Will Satisfy Your Taste Buds” by Jaimee Terese.

Terese wrote: “Named as one of the most charming small towns in California, it prides itself on its farm-to-table food scene that stems from its rich agricultural heritage. As with many other towns mentioned on the list, the restaurants in Winters base their menu offerings off of fresh, seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced.”

Winters beat out Carmel-by-the-Sea at No. Two and Eureka in the No. Three spots.

See the entire list at https://tinyurl.com/yc77352y.

Planning Commission meeting
The City of Winters announced the March 28 Planning Commission meeting has been canceled. 

The next Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council chambers at City Hall or the public can view the meeting online. 

The meeting information, agenda and packet will be posted on the City website at https://tinyurl.com/3md97esc.

School board approvals
At the Winters Joint Unified School District  March 16 Board of Trustees meeting, the board unanimously approved switching the Winters High School to an eight-period block schedule and moving the Wolfskill Career Readiness Academy to the WHS site. Both items were proposed as information items at the March 2 school board meeting and were reported on in the March 8 edition of the Express.

The approved WHS AB eight-period model would extend the block period for classes to all five days of the week, which is one more day from the current schedule model that only hosts block periods four days a week.

The CRA site relocation will proved staff with two classrooms to utilize, allowing both CRA teachers to teach the entire time, increase the periods to give students more educational value for students and provide opportunities for intervention and college career readiness time into the schedule. The move will give CRA students closer proximity to WHS counselors, nurses and WHS courses if they qualify.

The changes will officially happen for the 2023–2024 school year.

Poetry Jam/Slam
The 13th Annual Poetry Jam/Slam is officially scheduled at the WHS Gym on Thursday, April 13 starting at 5:30 p.m. for the Transitional Kindergarten through fifth-grade performances, with the middle school and high school student performances immediately to follow. The Winters Combined PTA is providing Kona Ice gift card prizes for individual or small group poem performances. Kona Ice Truck will be on site from 6:15–8 p.m. so students can redeem their prize or save for later. The deadline to sign up is April 1. Google Sign-Up Form links have been distributed through the Parent Square app. Families who have questions can send an email to orodriguez@wintersjusd.org.

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