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Oak Ridge principal fired

Oak Ridge High School students protest on the El Dorado Hills campus Tuesday morning after Principal Paul Burke was fired Monday night. Many students have shown unwavering support for the principal since he was placed on paid leave. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick November.

The El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted Monday night to release Oak Ridge High School Principal Paul Burke from his contract at the end of this school year, ending a four-month-long saga that has pitched students and parents against board members. Burke was placed on paid leave for undisclosed personnel reasons […]

2 Comments / March 01, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Payback sweet for Oak Ridge girls

Not as good as two but one half with Kassidy De Lapp is better than none. De Lapp’s presence was the difference Thursday for the Oak Ridge girls who exacted some revenge with a 40-33 second-round playoff win over visiting McClatchy before a packed gymnasium. Saddled with two quick fouls, De Lapp’s first-half court time […]

Comments Off / February 29, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Double the laughter for Oak Ridge in ‘Being Earnest’

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“The Importance of Being Earnest” is a gem of high comedy — it sparkles with serious, yet comical observations and surprising twists. Oscar Wilde called his play “A trivial comedy for serious people.” The play’s farcical wittiness has had audiences laughing since its premiere in 1895 on Valentine’s Day and made “The Importance of Being […]

Comments Off / February 28, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Still no resolution for Oak Ridge principal

First they were patient, then hopeful. Now many parents are fuming that Oak Ridge Principal Paul Burke has been on paid administrative leave for nearly half the school year without resolution for undisclosed personnel matters. On Tuesday evening El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees President Dave Del Rio reported out of a […]

7 Comments / February 26, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge wrestling sends 12 to Masters

SECOND PLACE — Trojan wrestlers and coaches with the 2nd place plaque after Saturday's two-day effort in Stockton. Photo by Stephanie Redhair

Lady Trojan Emily Se took third last weekend at McNair High to advance to the state finals STOCKTON — Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys continued their postseason run of excellence over the weekend. Twelve of their 14 wrestlers advanced out of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I-AA tournament Saturday at Lincoln-Stockton High and will compete at […]

Comments Off / February 22, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge principal out longer than expected

One person was noticeably absent at the Oak Ridge High School eighth-grade orientation last week. Principal Paul Burke wasn’t there to welcome the incoming freshmen class despite many families believing he would be back on the job by now. Burke has been on paid administrative leave since Nov. 2, 2015, for undisclosed personnel reasons. At […]

Comments Off / February 10, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Community shines after Oak Ridge theft

Oak Ridge junior Bryce Parker uses the TIG welder donated by Todd and Julie Ford to the Oak Ridge Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program, which lost a lot of its equipment during a recent break-in at the school. Courtesy photo

Authorities have arrested two men suspected of stealing tens of thousands of dollars in equipment at Oak Ridge High School on Jan. 17. Three suspects remain at large. On Jan. 29 El Dorado County sheriff’s officials announced the arrests of 51-year-old Mike Zivkovich of Sacramento and 35-year-old Matthew Fleeman of El Dorado Hills. Searches of their homes led […]

Comments Off / February 03, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »



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