60 years ago

Fine total drops: For the first time since the court reorganization, the city of Brentwood's share of fines from the judicial district court in April fell below the receipts from the city court in the same month a year ago. City Clerk George Wedgewood received a check from the county for $375.75 this week for the city's percentage, as compared with $458 reported by then City Judge W. Blair Rixon for April, 1952. Traffic fines accounted for $210.75 this year, and $165 general compared to $205 last year. The reorganization became effective Jan. 5 of this year.

25 years ago

Trustees add seventh period to school day: Liberty Union High School board of trustees approved an optional seventh period beginning in the fall of 1989 at its Wednesday meeting by a 4-1 vote. Board member Arlene Poerio voted against the seventh period.

"Philosophically, I agree with the concept of a seventh period, but it's just that right now we have so many expenses and uncertainties to deal with that I just didn't feel good about approving it," said Poerio.

Poerio said the school desperately needs Measure A (a $10 million bond) to pass in order to help meet expansion needs at the high school.

"Personally, I don't like to start something without knowing I'm going to be able to continue it. I remember when we dropped from seven periods to six it was very traumatic for the students. I just hope we don't go to seven periods and then have to drop back to six," she said.

However, Poerio said she "can live" with the decision to offer the optional seventh period handed down by the rest of the board members.

Board president Joanne Byer said she shared some of Poerio's concerns about financing. However, she said "hopefully, things will work out and we'll be able to continue offering the seventh period."

"Students have had to juggle their classes and we're hoping having an extra period will work to their benefit," Byer said.

-- Brentwood News files

District Superintendent Phil White said he is excited about the optional seventh period being approved by the board, but cautioned "there are a lot of hurdles we have to overcome for this to work out."

-- Brentwood News files