Moreau Catholic High School's Mariners football teams will play their last games on their old field at Friday's homecoming.

The private Hayward school's field, which is almost 50 years old, will be replaced with a new athletics and student activities center next spring.

To mark the occasion, there will be a screening of historic Moreau athletic moments. A special rally squad performance is planned, and there will be the traditional presentation of the homecoming court.

A bounce house and crafts area will be set up, and alumni and their families will be admitted for free to the junior varsity and varsity games and treated to a hot dog meal.

The junior varsity game against the Irvington Vikings begins at 4:30 p.m., and the varsity team takes the field at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 adults, $3 students.

The school is still raising funds to pay for the new field, which will cost $5 million. For more information, go to www.campaignforchampions.com.

Oakland school lunches go organic, local once a month

Oakland schools on Thursday ¿started serving student lunches from food farmed within a 250-mile radius as part of once-a-month program called California Thursdays.

Berkeley-based Center for Ecoliteracy got Oakland schools involved in the program which offers fresh food from smaller local farmers as an alternative to mass produced food that could be shipped thousands of miles.


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On Thursday, for example, Oakland schools served 15,000 kids 1,200 pounds of kale, 875 pounds of chorizo and 2,000 pounds of organic tomatoes, all from California.

"California Thursdays is an opportunity to deepen our farm-to-school commitment by focusing on produce from small family farms as well as proteins, grains and dairy grown right here in California," said Alexandra Emmott, farm-to-school supervisor for the Oakland schools, in a statement announcing the first day of the program.

New Haven keeps status quo on district's shared top job

Board members of the New Haven Unified School District apparently like what they have seen from interim co-superintendents, Akur Varadarajan and Arlando Smith.

The five-member board earlier this month approved monthly pay hikes of $4,400 per month for Varadarajan, the district's chief business officer, and Smith, its chief academic officer.

Before the wage increase, Varadarajan's annual salary was $174,121, and Smith's was $166,383, said Derek McNamara, New Haven's chief personnel officer. If they serve as co-superintendents for a year, the pay hikes will add $52,800 to each of their yearly wages.

District officials said they are pleased with Varadarajan's and Smith's performance in their shared interim roles.

They were appointed two months ago as replacements for Kari McVeigh, who had announced that her differences with the school board over management choices had fueled her decision to step down on Nov. 30.

The board's five members did not wait that long. They instead placed McVeigh on paid leave three months before her exit date, and she since has continued to receive her annual salary of $220,486.

McVeigh had held the position since December 2008.

New Haven Unified serves more than 13,000 students in Union City and south Hayward.

Local teachers profiled in book

Three Alameda County educators are featured in a new book, "American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom" by Katrina Fried.

The author profiled 50 teachers throughout the United States using first-person narratives, accompanied by notes from students in the large-format coffee table book.

The three selected in Alameda County are Liliana X. Aguas, Celeste Hoffpauir and Helena Moss-Jack.

Aguas teaches second-grade dual language immersion at LeConte Elementary School in Berkeley. Hoffpauir is a high school academic leadership and ethnic studies teacher at Leadership Public High School in Hayward. Moss-Jack is an instrumental music instructor at Elmhurst Community Prep and Alliance Academy Middle School in Oakland.

Homeroom is a weekly roundup of news from schools in Alameda County.