Hayward

With five new campuses built or nearing completion, the school board is looking at a demographics study and discussing changing boundaries or grades served at various facilities.

Some of the new facilities, such as Fairview and Schafer Park elementary schools, will be at half-capacity, while other older campuses such as Strobridge and Eldridge are over 100 percent. The demographics study is being used to help guide direction in boundary adjustments or grades contained at a given school, for example changing a campus to serve grades K-8, or grades 6-8.

Trustees heard an informational report on Wednesday and will revisit the matter next month.

Union City

The New Haven Schools Foundation handed the district more than $25,000 Wednesday to help pay for co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

The payment was the latest installment of the foundation's $100,000 commitment to help pay for extracurricular and co-curricular activities.

Members of the school's baseball team and show choir attended the presentation made in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center at Logan High School.

Union City

Logan High School sophomore Bianca Vierra is beginning her reign as Miss High School America 2012 after she was crowned last week in San Antonio.


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The reigning Miss Teenage California, she is an honors student and a member of Interact Club, volunteers with the Special Olympics and has performed as a classical ballerina.

Fremont

Ohlone College will build a 1 megawatt solar farm on its Fremont campus, the first major project to be paid for by the 2010 Measure G bond.

The bond, passed in November 2010, will provide $349 million to upgrade aging facilities at the Fremont campus and make some improvements to the Newark campus.

Trustees last week voted to approve the solar farm, which will be built on about 5 acres of property on the south side of campus.

  • More than 800 students from 35 high schools descended on Ohlone College's Fremont campus last weekend for the 18th annual High School Theatre Festival.

    Students competed Friday and Saturday in categories ranging from drama to musical, and in a Tech Olympics for lighting, sound and computerized equipment.

    Washington and Irvington high schools placed high in all events. The big winners were Westmoor High School in Daly City, Oakland School of the Arts, Novato/Marin School of the Arts and Lowell in San Francisco.

  • American High School in Fremont will hold its annual Pops Italian Dinner Concert on March 30.

    The buffet-style pasta dinner will be followed by performances by the American High School Choir, Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band.

    The American High School Band Parents Organization is organizing the dinner concert as a fundraiser for the school's music program. All instruments, supplies and ancillary instruction are funded by donations.

    The dinner starts at 6:15 p.m. in the Rotunda at American, 36300 Fremont Blvd.

    The concert starts at 7:30.

    Admission is $10, with student discounts.

    Children 6 and younger are free.

    For more information, call 510-796-1776, ext. 57708, or go to www.americanbandrocksit.com.

    Chabot College

    Equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter will talk at Chabot College on Thursday as the highlight of the school's celebration of Women's History Month.

    Ledbetter sued her employer, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., for discrimination after learning that male managers with less experience were getting paid considerably more than she was. The case ultimately went to the Supreme Court, which ruled that her claim was invalid because of the statute of limitations. Justices said the 180-day limit begins when the employer initially makes a discriminatory wage decision.

    The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which ties the date the statute takes effect to each new paycheck, was signed into law by President Obama in 2009.

    The event will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the performing arts center at Chabot, 25555 Hesperian Blvd.

    Rob Dennis covers Fremont, Newark and New Haven school districts and Ohlone College. Contact him at 510-353-7010 or rdennis@bayareanewsgroup.com. Eric Kurhi covers Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley school districts, Chabot College and Cal State East Bay. Contact him at 510-293-2473 or ekurhi@bayareanewsgroup.com. Chris De Benedetti covers Newark schools. Reach him at 510-353-7011.