Beginning the night off with good news, members of the Los Banos Unified School District (LBUSD) committee along with 26 other districts had partnered with the Educational Research Institute Grants Company.

It was awarded $1.62 million from the Learning Communities for School Success Program Grant.

LBUSD received the eighth-highest award of all the California school districts and was the only district in the county to earn this award.

Regarding school news, students at Los Banos High School turned in all of their local scholarships, with a record amount of 96 students participating. Donors have until April 12 to choose who will receive their scholarship. Winners will be celebrated on May 15 at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

LBHS Juniors are currently working on preparing for prom, which will take place on April 13 at the Cotton Tree Ranch in Dos Palos. The theme for the night is “Enchanted.”

As for sports news, LBHS had a great showing at the State Wrestling Meet where Larry Borelli finished in the Top 12 and earned a prestigious CIF award for Pursuing Victory with Honor.

Brockton Borelli earned second place, the highest place at a state meet in history for LBHS. Angelina Borelli scored enough points on her own to make LBHS finish 127 out of 235 teams.

Los Banos FFA sweetheart candidates raised over $40,000 selling FFA sweetheart balloons. At the Sweetheart Banquet, Harlee McBride was announced as the 2024 LBHS FFA sweetheart.

Los Banos FFA placed first high school team for best informed Greenhand Team at Le Grand Field Day.

Pacheco High’s ASB held its annual blood drive on March 4, where 68 donations were made that had saved 204 lives.

The Pacheco High School Thespian Society is presenting The Adams Family for its Spring musical. Shows will take place in the theater on April 11-13 at 6 p.m. and April 14 at 2 p.m.

Pacheco boy’s soccer team advanced to the section semifinals after winning in the league championship. Although they lost, the team had also advanced to the NorCal Regional Tournament for the first time in school history.

PHS FFA began the month with the regional speech contest where Thomas Price and Andrea Aguilar competed. Aguilar placed second at the regional and will be competing at the state level.

PHS FFA participated in Valley Children’s Kids Day and helped raise over $5,000. They also sold tickets to the Honor Flight Dinner, which had donated $3,000 to the program.

As for the facilities report, the LBHS Tiger gym re-roofing project started on March 13 and should be finished by April 5.

The Los Banos Elementary School parking lot project contractor has taken delivery of the underground drainage system on site and started work on March 11.

The fuel tank contractor for the LBES parking lot started removal on March 11 and was completed on March 14.

Due to many weather difficulties, the revised completion date of Loftin Stadium Phase Two should be done by April 26 and the turf contractor will need at least 30 more days.

Jason Waltman, LBHS Principal, is currently working on making arrangements for an alternative location for graduation.

Emily Zaragosa