Barcelona are best paid sports team in the world – study

first_imgBarcelona have retained their position as the world’s best paid professional sports team while National Basketball Association (NBA) sides took seven out of the top 10 places this year, a study by research body Sporting Intelligence has revealed.Data from the annual Global Sports Salary Survey shows the average basic pay at the Spanish giants this season is 9.8 million pounds ($12.75 million), dipping slightly from last year’s 10.5 million pounds.Barcelona holding onto top spot is largely down to Argentina forward Lionel Messi’s gross basic annual pay of more than 50 million pounds including guaranteed image rights fees.Real Madrid are second on the list with an average basic pay of around 8.9 million pounds while Serie A champions Juventus – who signed Messi’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018 – are in third place.Portland Trailblazers are fourth with an average pay of 8 million pounds, ahead of fellow NBA sides Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.English football champions Manchester City are 13th at 6.9 million pounds – below France’s Paris St Germain in 12th (7.1 million pounds) — but ahead of local rivals Manchester United who are 33rd (6.1 million pounds).The average annual salary of a Premier League player climbed over 3 million pounds for the first time – a rise of 6.1% from last year – making the competition the highest paying football league, while the NBA was first overall.Major League Baseball teams experienced mixed fortunes on the list.The New York Yankees, who last week signed pitcher Gerrit Cole to a nine-year deal worth a reported $324 million, are 32nd while the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals and Arizona Diamondbacks were among the biggest fallers.Data revealed that Spain’s La Liga and the Premier League were joint-top in terms of social media popularity, well ahead of the NBA, NFL and Serie A.last_img read more

Finally! – England win penalty shoot-out at World Cup

first_img SCRAPPY NERVOUS ONE MOSCOW (AP): After three haunting failures, England finally won a penalty shootout at the World Cup. And it happened under a coach who for 22 years has taken the blame for a previous shoot-out loss at a major tournament. England advanced to the World Cup quarter finals by beating Colombia 4-3 in a shoot-out following a 1-1 draw yesterday, sending Gareth Southgate running onto the field to celebrate the end of the national team’s years of misfortune. “It will never be off my back, sadly. That’s something that will live with me forever,” Southgate said of his 1996 shoot-out failure. “But today is a special moment for this team. I hope it will give belief to generations of players that follow, because they can see what is possible in life.” England will next play Sweden on Saturday in Samara. The 1966 champions have reached the World Cup quarter finals for the first time since the David Beckham era, when a golden generation exited in the last eight in 2002 and 2006. “We have to see what is possible and not be hindered by history or the expectations,” Southgate said. “I think these young players are showing that.” There was edginess from the start, with Colombia forward Juan Cuadrado and England defender Harry Maguire involved in a spat before Radamel Falcao barged into Kieran Trippier, sparking the England defender to retaliate. Colombia nearly lost Wilmar Barrios to a red card late in the first half. But after a video review, Barrios was given a yellow for knocking his head into the chest of Jordan Henderson. Eric Dier scored the decisive kick after a scrappy game went through 30 minutes of extra time, denying Colombia a second consecutive trip to the quarter finals. “It was a nervous one,” Dier said. “I’ve never really been in a situation like that before.” Harry Kane scored his tournament-leading sixth goal to give England the lead with a penalty kick in the 57th minute. Colombia scrambled for an equaliser and finally got it when Yerry Mina headed in a corner in the third minute of stoppage time. “To get knocked down at the end like we did at the end, it’s difficult to come back from that,” Dier said. “But we were ready for that. We were calm. We stuck to our plan.” England trailed 3-2 in the penalty shoot-out after Jordan Henderson’s shot was saved by David Ospina, but Mateus Uribe hit the bar and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford then stopped Carlos Bacca’s kick. “I did a whole bunch of research,” Pickford said. “Falcao is the only one who didn’t go his way. I don’t care if I’m not the biggest keeper in the world. I have the power and agility.” Pickford succeeded where Peter Shilton, David Seaman and Paul Robinson failed as the 1990, 1998 and 2006 World Cups ended in shoot-out losses. On top of that, England were knocked out of the 1996 European Championship semifinals and the quarterfinals in 2004 and 2012 on penalties. The country’s only shootout success came earlier at Euro ’96. Southgate’s penalty in the 1996 shoot-out at Wembley against Germany was stopped, a failure he has lived with for 22 years. “Penalty shoot-outs are lot about mentality and obviously we know England in the past haven’t done great,” Kane said. “So, it’s nice to get that one off our back and we’ll have huge belief moving forward.”last_img read more

LACC, USAID Sign MOC

first_imgThe Liberia Anti- Corruption Commission (LACC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in the area of the commission’s human and institution capacity development, a press release said yesterday. The signing ceremony took place recently at the head office of the LACC in Congo Town. LACC Acting Chairperson, Cllr. J. Augustine Toe signed for the Commission while USAID Acting Deputy Mission Director, Mervyn Farroe signed on behalf of his organization.The MOC states that USAID in collaboration with its implementing partner, the Legal Professional Development & Anti-Corruption Project (LPAC), will assist LACC’s Enforcement Division to streamline and amend standard operating procedures for investigating and prosecuting potential corruption cases. LPAC will also give training and mentoring support for LACC’s monitoring and evaluation staff, programs and activities; increase capacity to prevent, investigate and prosecute corruption and educate the public about the fight against corruption.The five year capacity development activity of the MOC is to ensure that USAID and LACC develop a framework and work plan regarding the implementation of LPAC in order to identify the roles and responsibilities on deliverables. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Yours truly! Treu to earn Sh935K per month

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, October 23- South African national Paul Treu will take up his role in charge of the Kenya Sevens team by November 1 with iconic star Humphrey Kayange joining the expanded technical bench as player-coach.Treu will be earning a monthly net salary of Sh935,000 ($11,000) as he becomes the highest paid coach in Kenyan sporting history with other perks including first class tickets, a car, insurance as well as massive bonuses for winning Olympics gold. The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) on Wednesday announced Treu’s management line-up including three of his compatriots with stand-in boss, Felix Ochieng, reverting to his role as assistant coach.Vuyo Zangqa who was second in command in the South African 7s team that Treu coached until June will be the attack coach with Graham Bentz (strength and conditioning, sports science) and Dr Karen Schwabe (sports medicine) completing the South Africans with key roles in the expanded technical bench with the latter taking up her appointment in Nairobi on January 1. .Treu and Zangqa will see their contracts with their former side lapse on October 31.Under the deal, Treu will also receive; four economy class air tickets for Cape Town-Nairobi-Cape Town  per contractual year and three economy tickets for Nairobi-Johannesburg- Nairobi per year, allowances while on the IRB Series tour and while in Kenya be provided with a car, housing, fuel, medical insurance and  paid-for Wi-Fi, mobile telephone services.On top of that, success of “Operation Rio” coming at the end of the three-year contacted period will result in healthy bonuses.Upon the Kenya Sevens team qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games, some members of Treu’ SA technical team, for instance attack coach Zangqa, will receive $250,000 (Sh21m) net.Upon the team winning bronze medal, Zangqa will get $50,000 (Sh4.5m); silver $100,000 (Sh8.5m) and gold $250,000 (Sh21m). The rest of the teams’ bonuses will be negotiated through the sponsors and the Government .KRU is taking an insurance policy to cover for the bonuses. These bonuses will be paid not less than seven days after the team attains those achievements.Kenya’s training programme resumes on November 1 and the KRU chairman, Mwangi Muthee said Treu and all his South African assistants will be in Nairobi by then.“Some of them will start arriving next week,” he added.Muthee finalised KRU signatures on the contracts going out to Treu and all the South African personnel stipulating monthly salaries, allowances, housing, transport, medical insurance, bonuses and other perks on Tuesday.At the same time, he said, contracts of Kenyan staff who will be working alongside Treu and of the Sevens’ team players were ready for signing at the Union headquarters in Nairobi.Treu will be in Kenya until 2016, as Head Coach and Performance Director for an ambitious programme aimed to climax with the country’s participation in the Olympic Games to be held in the summer of that year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Dubbed “Operation Rio”, it will be Treu’s absolute target rather than regular top placing results in the HSBC World Series.Later on, the KRU plans to engage other South African experts recommended by Treu on consultancy basis.Dr Ross Tucker (high performance strategy, sports science and talent pathway development), Sharief Hendricks (game analysis and sports technology), Benoit Capostagno (sport science, recovery and monitoring), Tony Trad (specialist coaching, Australian touch rugby model) and Dr Kobus Neethling (mental skills and player creativity/thinking specialist) are others being eyed for roles in the side.“With co-operation from the Government and the forthcoming Kenya Sports Institute, we shall find placing for these experts both at the Institute and in local hospitals and institutions of learning. This will be a national asset, a resource for other sports in Kenya, generally, including athletics, volleyball, cricket, football and other sports academies” Muthee explained.Lamech Bongeri (physiotherapist) and Steve Sewe (team manager), Michael Owino and Geoffrey Kimani, the strength and conditioning practitioners, will also assist Bentz whilst George Odhiambo, formerly the team’s physio will now be in charge of the national 15s side.The KRU has reached an agreement with Treu that local coaches and sports science experts will be able to permanently study under the Kenya Sevens’ programme.“They will register with the KRU and will be provided with access to Treu’s training sessions.  Our intention is to create a pool of local experts and that in about five years we shall be able to export abroad, expertise across the board.“It is our intention that money and resources spent on the three-year ‘Operation Rio’ programme will greatly impact on transfer of expertise from our international partners [South Africa] to Kenya.”last_img read more

Man Utd may have to pay Chelsea to use Jose Mourinho name

first_imgAs well as being registered in the UK, ‘Jose Mourinho’ is registered as a trademark of Chelsea FC on the European Union’s Intellectual Property Database.It means Chelsea can use his name on a huge variety of products, from eau de cologne to cotton wool, magnets, leather goods and pyjamas.In practice Chelsea, who declined to comment, have used it on club merchandise including mugs, posters, smartphone cases and miniature figurines.The trademark issue is not considered a barrier to Mourinho’s deal, currently being negotiated by his agent Jorge Mendes and United’s senior executive Ed Woodward.United may however have to pay a fee to Chelsea if it wants to exploit the name on its merchandise. Alternatively it could not seek not to use the name on products.Chelsea retained the trademark during Mourinho’s spells at Internazionale and Real Madrid, but it is unclear whether they paid any fee to exploit the trademark.The issue is among a number of image rights issues that lawyers for Mourinho and the club are working through as they finalise what is expected to be a three-year contract with a salary in excess of £10m a year.Issues that have to be dealt with include conflicting commercial arrangements in certain sponsorship categories.Mourinho is sponsored by Jaguar and was always pictured in one of their cars on arrival and departure at Chelsea. United however have a £380m, seven-year deal with General Motors.Similarly Mourinho has a watch deal with Hublot while United’s watch sponsor is Bulova.Such clashes can be resolved either by either party adjusting the value of their respective deals to reflect the fact Mourinho may not be involved in promotion.Following talks between Mendes and Woodward United may be in a position to formally announce Mourinho’s appointment on Thursday. It is unclear whether a press conference would then be held this week.Mourinho may choose to hold a full media briefing, or it may be delayed until July, closer to when the players return to pre-season training.-Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho pictured leaving his home in London on May 24, 2016, with the former Chelsea manager set to be confirmed as the new Manchester United boss after Van Gaal was sacked (AFP Photo/Leon Neal)LONDON, United Kingdom, May 25 – Manchester United may have to pay Chelsea for the right to fully exploit Jose Mourinho’s name when he is confirmed as their manager later this week.Chelsea still own the rights to Mourinho’s name and signature having registered it as a trademark with the Intellectual Property Office in 2005, during his first spell at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Recently elected Democratic administration could also try to shut down existing pipeline

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A move by the governor of Michigan to halt work on a project to replace Enbridge Inc.’s 65-year-old Line 5 pipeline is raising fears that the recently elected Democratic administration could also try to shut down the existing pipeline.Analyst Matthew Taylor of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. says that could result in crude supply disruptions for refineries in southern Ontario and Quebec and could also reduce oil pipeline takeaway capacity from Western Canada.On Thursday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel ruled unconstitutional a law enacted by the previous Republican governor late last year authorizing construction of a 6.4-kilometre oil pipeline tunnel beneath the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.- Advertisement -Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer then ordered state agencies to halt work, a move that Taylor says implies that she may move forward with other election promises, including one to re-examine the existing pipeline’s long-held underwater easements.He says the loss of the 540,000-barrel-per-day capacity pipeline carrying oil and natural gas liquids between Superior, Wis., and Sarnia, Ont., could affect several refineries and would force Canadian shippers to find new routes to get crude oil to markets.Calgary-based Enbridge said Thursday it was “surprised and disappointed” by the decision given that the concrete-lined tunnel would enhance the safety and reliability of the pipeline by putting it 30 metres underground, instead of resting on the lakebed.Advertisementlast_img read more

Atlantis blasts off on first shuttle flight of 2007

first_imgA patched-up Atlantis blasted off with seven astronauts Friday on the first space shuttle flight of 2007, after a monthslong run of bad luck and scandal at NASA that included a damaging hailstorm and a lurid love triangle. Its big orange fuel tank covered with white blotches where the foam insulation had been repaired, the spaceship rose from its seaside launch pad with a roar and climbed into a clear and still-brightly lit sky at 7:38 p.m. EDT, setting a course for the international space station. During the 11-day flight, Atlantis’ astronauts will deliver a new segment and a pair of solar panels to the orbiting outpost. They will also swap out a member of the space station’s crew. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Service Engineer and Welder required at Mantis Cranes

first_imgDue to an increase in rental activities on our range of products, Mantis Cranes are seeking to strengthen our support structure to both our existing and new customer base, we are recruiting for the following roles:Service EngineerAs a service engineer and following training, you will be working both at the companies base in Killygordon and also on customers sites as required.  Role:Work as part of a team within our workshop to both service and assemble cranes as requiredErect and dismantle our range of cranes on construction sites across IrelandCarry out scheduled and unscheduled maintenance when and as requiredRequirements:2 years’ experience in a mechanical/electrical or fitter’s role.  Desired but not essentialMechanically mindedMust be capable of working at heightsMust be able to work well within a teamThe successful candidate must be flexible in their approach and prepared to travel when required. Specific training related to our products will be given.While meeting the above criteria is an advantage the company may consider candidates with less experience or someone who wishes to peruse a career as a service engineer within the crane industry. Metal Fabricator/WelderAs a metal fabricator/welder, you will be based in our manufacturing facility.Role:Work as part of a team within our workshopRead and interpret technical drawings to produce steel componentsTake measurements to ensure accuracyEnsure components are as per the specification requiredRequirements:Minimum of 1-year fabrication experienceMust be able to read and interpret technical drawingsMust be able to work well within a teamPlease apply with your CV to jobs@mantiscranes.ieClosing date for applications 28th October 2019 Job Vacancy: Service Engineer and Welder required at Mantis Cranes was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jobsMantis CranesMantis Cranes Ireland Ltdlast_img read more

Local students stage walkout against bill

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Article launched March 27, 2006 WHITTIER – Tens of thousands of students walked off at least 10 Whittier-area campuses Monday in protest of a proposed federal law that would criminalize illegal immigration. Similar walkouts were staged at schools across the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles. Locally, the student marchers were largely peaceful, but police said they arrested at least three students. Officials also reported scattered rock-throwing and at least one person roughed up by marchers. Marchers backed up traffic on local streets, but many motorists honked and cheered on the students. They were among tens of thousands of students who walked out of schools Monday in California and other states.In Los Angeles, some protesters walked along the busy Harbor (110) Freeway. On California’s Cesar Chavez Day, at least 22,000 students walked out of Los Angeles district schools from the San Fernando Valley to Pacific Palisades, said Monica Carazo, a spokeswoman for the district with 728,000 students. More than 1,000 students rallied at Los Angeles City Hall. In one of the largest local walkouts, about 800 to 1,000 students left El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera at about 8:20 a.m. and walked to Pioneer and Whittier high schools, where students there joined the group, swelling their ranks to about 2,000. The students wore orange bandanas, ‘La Raza’ T-shirts, and carried signs reading ‘United We Stand’ and ‘Impeach Bush.’ Many students also carried Mexican flags. From Whittier, the students marched to Montebello High School, escorted by police squad cars. From there, many planned to march about 20 miles to Los Angeles City Hall, where other students staged a rally. ‘We are the sons of immigrants doing a peaceful walk because we want equal rights for everyone and we don’t want them to pass this law,’ said Damian Rete, 17, of Pioneer High. Local students also walked out of California and Frontier high schools in Whittier, Norwalk and Glenn high schools in Norwalk, and even at Hargitt and Waite middle schools in Norwalk. Many students said they learned about the protests through the popular onlineWeb site, MySpace.com. Pico Rivera sheriff’s Capt. Michael Rothans said deputies following students from El Rancho High warned administrators at Whittier high schools to lock down campuses as the marches headed their way. Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson said, however that campuses were not locked down. Instead, class periods were extended to keep students indoors. Once the marchers moved on, the regular class schedule resumed, Thorstenson said. But district officials and teachers walked with students who chose to leave. ‘The No. 1 priority for us is student safety,’ Thorstenson said. ‘It’s going to be more of the same tomorrow if this happens again. ‘Our students are smart, they’re engaged, and many are aware of policy that impacts the community,’ she added. At Whittier High School, amid students’ chants of ‘Walk out! Walk out!,’ several students scaled the school’s wrought-iron gate and joined the march. As officers watched, Jessica Gutierez, 18, jumped the fence, later saying she joined the march ‘for the Latinos, and I have immigrants in my family.’ Some minor problems were reported, including a few students throwing bottles at cars and patrol units, Whittier police spokesman Jason Zuhlke said. A motorist was reported assaulted by students at Whittier Boulevard and Highland Avenue, but Zuhlke said he did not have immediate details on that incident. In Norwalk, deputies said they arrested two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy for throwing rocks at vehicles at Norwalk Boulevard and Imperial Highway. A rock was thrown through the window of an ambulance that was transporting a patient, but no one was injured, said sheriff’s Sgt. Angela Shepherd. About a block away, at Norwalk City Hall, hundreds of students gathered. ‘It takes a lot of heart to do what the kids are doing today,’ said parent Ricky Savocchio, whose daughter called him to say she was walking out of Glenn High in Norwalk. ‘She thought she’d be in trouble, but I agree with them,’ he said. ‘I really believe in what they’re doing.’ El Rancho High Principal Julie Ellis said students who left the school will be marked as unexcused from classes. ‘I think it’s unfortunate that our students didn’t join the rest of the country on the weekend when there was an official march to make a point,’ Ellis said. ‘Our feeling is that a lot of students used this legitimate action to cut school today.’ But students said they were taking the protest seriously and planned to continue boycotting classes until the controversial bill is defeated and a more ‘humane’ immigration policy is adopted. ‘This is not only for the Mexicans, it’s for the blacks, Asians and Central Americans,’ said Abraham Rangel, a 16-year-old Pioneer High student. ‘We will keep doing this for the future of all our families.’ Staff writer Araceli Esparza and wire reports contributed to this story. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more

Trustee wants to see change

first_imgA retreat will be held for special-education staff members to develop a plan to better serve the students. The “Welcome Room” will help ease the transition for students who are new to the school. Antelope Valley enrolls approximately seven to 10 new students a week. Traditionally upon their arrival, new students are seen by a counselor, who reviews their transcripts, gives them a class schedule and sends them off. To help students get better acclimated to the school and define what their needs are for better placement, new students would spend their first week of school in the “Welcome Room,” where they would have one-on-one communication with a teacher, be assessed in math, writing and English, and learn about school activities and clubs. “Our focus is to get them to know us,” Principal Trish Lockhart said. “Students who have a connection with teachers and staff do better. It’s a plan for kids to get connected and feel a part of the Antelope Valley High School family.” To help develop “teacher ownership,” Barreto and the administration would meet with small groups of instructors who teach the core subjects of English, math, science and social studies. “We would pull out core teachers six at a time to meet with Trish and me to review data, review classroom management, and set expectations about what to do collectively and individually to get passion and ownership about what’s happening at Antelope Valley,” Barreto said. Barreto also recommended two areas of monitoring: teacher attendance and referrals for student discipline. On some days, such as Mondays and Fridays, there appears to be a significant number of teachers who are absent, which potentially could be due to illness but she’s not sure, Barreto said. “You and I both know kids do better when kids are in front of a teacher,” Barreto said. In the area of student discipline, Barreto feels there needs to be a re-evaluation of how teachers manage their classrooms. Students learn more if they remain in class with an effective teacher. “What are classroom management strategies? How do we keep kids in class?” Barreto said. Random classroom visits by small groups of teachers would help facilitate a discussion about how students engage in learning and better instructional strategies. “The administration is young,” Barreto said of the school’s principal and her team. “The beauty of it is they are passionate, bright and they have an urgency and passion to turn the school into a high-performing school,” Barreto said. Parents asked whether students would be like “guinea pigs” and whether the plan’s components had been tried before. Assistant Superintendent Michael Vierra responded, “We are taking best practices and making it unique to the school. Research shows it works with students. We fine-tune it by looking at the data.” Board member Tom Pigott, a retired sheriff’s captain, commented that the staff has a tough, thankless job, noting similarities between the teaching and law enforcement professions. “You’ve got a resistant public, parents who have abrogated their responsibility and say, `You raise my child,”‘ Pigott said. “Kids bring a lot of baggage. You are expected to wade through that.” He later said, “You are saving lives. The stakes are high, the risks great, the payoff incalculable.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAs trustee, Barreto has the authority to overrule local administrators’ decision, but Barreto said that has not happened yet, citing a collaborative spirit between her and officials of the school and the Antelope Valley Union High School District. Barreto started work at the school Aug. 14. The school improved its API scores by two points this year, which puts it one year away from getting out from under state monitoring. “The goal is to get rid of Nadine Barreto. That’s my goal,” Barreto said at the meeting in the school’s library with more than 30 staffers and parents in attendance. “The real goal is to help the school sustain the two points that they got.” Barreto wants to restructure the special-education program in part because of the large number of its students being sent out of the classroom for disciplinary reasons. In addition, support staffers such as psychologists and administrators were not close to the special-education classrooms to provide service immediately. Antelope Valley High School’s special-education student population is about 25 percent, or more than 500 students, which is high, Barreto said. High schools typically have 7 percent to 8 percent of their students identified as special education, Barreto said. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley High School’s state trustee recommends overhauling the school’s special-education program, creating a “welcome room” for new students, and instituting steps to develop “teacher ownership” of the school. Assigned to oversee the campus because of lagging test scores, trustee Nadine Barreto also called for monitoring student discipline and teacher absences, looking at assessment data on an ongoing basis to make sure students are mastering what they are being taught, and providing help to students who are performing two grade levels below in reading and math. “We have to ask the hard questions about what students are doing, who doesn’t get it, what’s happening in the classroom to enhance student achievement,” Barreto said at a special high school board meeting Monday evening. “We need to build a true sense of a student-centered classroom.” Antelope Valley High was among the first six California schools to face sanctions, such as state trusteeship, because its standardized test scores failed to improve consistently under state monitoring. last_img