60 years ago

All night alarm: Fire alarms sounded last week Thursday night in Liberty Union High School, but not one board was burned.

The culprit, a small kickball, booted against the gymnasium wall, broke the fire alarm glass setting off the bell. Eventually, the gymnasium alarm shut itself off and everyone went home for the night. The next morning it was discovered the main building alarm had also been set off by the ball and had rung all night.

25 years ago

Antioch High School makes plans to fight heavy dropout rate: Principal Jerry Kramer plans to reorder some of the proprieties around Antioch High School next year in an attempt to turn around the school district's heavy dropout rate.

Kramer said he hopes that projecting a "caring and businesslike environment will make more students want to be on the high school campus.

Antioch Unified School District's dropout rate for the class of 1988 was 27.7 percent.

Antioch's rate was published in statistics released last week by the state Department of Education. The state report showed the average dropout rate in California for the class of 1988 was between 22 and 23 percent.

Kramer sees the dropout rate as being related to a school's "climate." He defines "climate" as how a school addresses its problems and establishes a culture that will serve all students.

To oversee the "campus climate," Antioch High is hiring a fourth vice principal.


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"The primary purpose of a school," Kramer said, "is to impart knowledge to change attitudes and behavior. What we need to do is be clear about our academic and behavior expectations to the student, the family and the community.

"We need to show that there are consequences for behavior."

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger news files.