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  • Santa Barbara County District Attorney finds Covarrubias Jr. shooting as lawfully justified

    June 19, 2012 4:47 PM

    The Santa Barbara County District Attorney has found the shooting death of Santa Maria Officer Albert Covarrubias Jr. as lawfully justified. District Attorney Joyce Dudley made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. Covarrubias Jr. was shot by another city officer when two supervisors tried to arrest him while on duty... more »
  • Central Coast schools try to tackle food waste in cafeterias

    May 16, 2012 8:46 PM

    It's a California State Food Code. Anything that goes on a student's plate, touched or untouched, must be thrown away if uneaten. According to the California Department of Education, schools across the state are reimbursed $2.77 per student for free and reduced lunches; that's whether they're eaten or thrown... more »
  • Low income Santa Maria students receive free dinners through government-funded program

    March 13, 2012 10:08 PM

    About 300 students in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District are now receiving free dinners, through a government-funded program. The "Supper Program" gives needy students free and healthy dinners. According to school administrators, about 80% of the students in Santa Maria come from low-income families. Right now, only three... more »
  • Righetti teacher resigns after being accused of sexting

    December 3, 2010 1:53 PM

    The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District says Michelle Hill has resigned from her teaching position at Righetti High School. Hill was accused last month of sending sexually explicit text messages to at least one student. She taught biology at Righetti High School for the past couple years and... more »
  • Back to school for Santa Maria Bonita District

    August 16, 2010 9:31 PM

    It was back to the books today for students in the Santa Maria Bonita School District. It's expecting to see its enrollment grow. That means larger class sizes, but also more funding for the district. These kids are facing their toughest test yet, Kindergarten. "He's more excited. He... more »
  • Thousands of students head back to class

    August 16, 2010 3:25 PM

    Students in the Santa Maria Bonita School District started classes today. For kindergartners going to school for the first time, it can be a scary process and the separation anxiety often plagues parents as well. Tonight at 5:00 on KSBY News, we'll talk to those parents and get the... more »
  • Laird, Blakeslee battle over oil and budget in senate race

    June 21, 2010 9:37 PM

    We're just one day away from California's special election to fill its 15th District state senate seat. District 15 covers the Central Coast from Monterey County to northern Santa Barbara County. It's a hotly contested race between Former Democratic Assemblyman John Laird from Santa Cruz and Republican Assemblyman Sam... more »
  • Rematch: Janet Wolf vs. Dan Secord for 2nd District Supervisor

    June 1, 2010 9:19 PM

    Next Tuesday... if you think the two candidates battling to represent Santa Barbara County's 2nd District, look familiar, you're right. The race is a rematch from 2006. Former Santa Barbara city councilman Dan Secord hopes to trump the incumbent and board chair Janet Wolf. The district covers portions of... more »
  • Student readers compete in Battles of the Books

    March 25, 2010 10:09 PM

    Making reading fun was the goal today at the 4th Annual Battle of the Books. More than 130 4th, 5th, and 6th graders from the Santa Maria Bonita School District tested their knowledge of 30 books on a required reading list. All students had to read at least 10... more »
  • Organizers not giving up on charter school

    March 25, 2010 9:56 PM

    The Santa Maria Bonita School District has denied a petition to create the Santa Maria Valley Charter School. The district denied that petition at last night's school board meeting. The superintendent says the charter did not have all the proper planning it needed. Meanwhile, organizers say the district is... more »
  • Paso Robles Joint Unified School District enacts freezes to deal with budget shortfall

    February 26, 2010 11:49 AM

    The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District has taken some major steps to address the $2.3 million budget shortfall for this school year. District officials have enacted a district-wide budget freeze. That means the district will not be hiring any new employees, purchasing any materials and supplies not on... more »
  • Santa Barbara School District approves list of $6 million in budget cuts

    February 24, 2010 7:23 PM

    The Santa Barbara School Districts' Board of Education voted Wednesday on a list that would reduce costs by some $6 million to balance out the 2010-2011 budget. The board approved the Fiscal Solvency Plan to fill the budget gap. Some tough choices had to be made and, in the... more »

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