Monday, November 30, 2015

Engaging Its Members - The Small School District Association

Since its founding almost 30 years ago, Caldwell Flores Winters has worked to serve students and schools in more than 200 districts throughout California. Caldwell Flores Winters is also a member of industry organizations such as the Small School District Association (SSDA).

Formally established in 1983, the SSDA has a history that can be traced to 1979, when California school districts became more vocal in the state legislative processes. Created to ensure that more than 500 small school districts are not overshadowed by the needs of larger districts across the state, the SSDA also helps reduce operating costs with support services that have a positive impact on educational performance.

To connect with its members and allow them to network with each other and learn ways for improved district operation, the SSDA hosts a number of annual conferences. For example, on March 9-11, 2016, the association will sponsor its 33rd annual Spring Conference in partnership with the Association of California School Administrators. In addition to a charity golf tournament, a dinner, and reception, the conference will host over 30 workshops and more than 60 exhibitors offering discounted. The three-day event is scheduled to occur at the McClellan Conference Center in McClellan Park.                            

Thursday, November 19, 2015

About the CFW Scholarship Program and Its Recent Recipients

Established in 1986, Caldwell Flores Winters (CFW), Inc., serves California students and schools from locations in Emeryville, Los Angeles, and Oxnard. In addition to helping more than 200 districts in a number of areas, Caldwell Flores Winters sponsors several scholarship awards.

Designed to help students who will graduate high school, the scholarships, which have no other grade or specific college or university qualifications, range in amount from $1,000 to $5,000 and are awarded to more than 25 students every year. CFW has presented scholarships totaling more than $400,000 since 2008.

Two of its recent scholarships went to Vincent Meras of Riverbank High School and Stevie Wisz of Ernest Righetti High School. Both students have overcome life challenges and worked to pursue postsecondary education. Meras, who played basketball all four years of high school, plans to take the lessons he learned on the court to a future career in finance or business. Wisz plans to attend UCLA, where she will begin studies toward her intended career path as a physician.