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Modesto superintendent's contract, enrollment tackled

Modesto City Schools trustees spent most of Monday night's meeting hearing from staff and the public about a proposal that allows students ages 12 to 18 to leave school for confidential medical services without parental consent.

Here are some other issues trustees tackled at the meeting:

Reworking Superintendent Arturo Flores' contract to reflect a 1 percent pay cut and three unpaid furlough days, the same reductions district employees received for the 2009-10 school year. Flores' salary now is $217,344 a year. The rest of his contract remains the same, including its ending date of June 30, 2011.

Officials presented enrollment counts at the district's four year-round elementary schools — Fairview, Kirschen, Martone and Tuolumne. School started in July. As of July 27, enrollment was 52 students less than projections for 2009-10, with 2,938 students enrolled. Final counts take place Aug. 21.

Officials continue to closely monitor enrollment because most funding for public school districts is based on average daily attendance. Most districts in Stanislaus County and California have recorded significant drops in enrollment over the past several years.

In closed session, trustees continued talks about land purchases near Gregori High School, being built in Salida off Stoddard and Pirrone roads. The purchases would be used for road and facility improvements surrounding Gregori.

In open session, trustees approved an agreement to buy land on Dale Road to widen the road in preparation of the campus opening in fall 2010. Cost for the small parcel at 5566 Dale is $1,500.

Bee staff writer Michelle Hatfield can be reached at mhatfield@modbee.com or 578-2339.

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