Opinski wins Merced school board seat

Merced area building contractor-developer Greg Opinski has defeated incumbent Trustee Ida Johnson for the Area 1 seat on the Merced Union High School District Board in the Nov. 4 general election, the latest figures show.


Merced schools’ workers get pay boost

The Merced City School District’s 489 classified or non-teaching employees got a raise this week, courtesy of the Board of Education. Board members Tuesday night gave members of California School Employees Association Chapter 530 a 3 percent raise retroactive to July and a one-time stipend of 2 percent covering July through March, along with added contributions to their health insurance.

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Conference zeroes in on Valley economy

Officials gathered Wednesday at Modesto Centre Plaza to talk about why the Northern San Joaquin Valley should define itself as a region distinct from the rest of the San Joaquin Valley and align its economic destiny with the Bay Area and Sacramento region.

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