SELAC Commended by Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez

The SELAC Foundation, created by Nicholas Aquino, is commended by Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez on August 20, 2009.

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Cushioning the Ride: “Speed cushions” to target speedy drivers

Christian Smith sheepishly admits he’s gotten a ticket for speeding on Rivera Road, the east-west street that runs in front of his house and the 600-student Los Nietos Middle School.

That’s because for years, Rivera Road has offered motorists a tempting shortcut between Norwalk and Pioneer boulevards  an easy way to avoid the heavy traffic on nearby Slauson Avenue.

But school officials say a new set of “speed cushions” being installed now along Rivera Road – along with more 25 mph speed-limit signs and school-cluster signs to remind drivers of the school up ahead  should help curb some of those problems. And the road has also been designated as a radar route, county officials said.

“This street was obviously a danger for kids,” said Smith, 37, who lives across from Los Nietos Middle. “l had kind of hoped the bumps would run all the way across the street, instead ofjust in sections. But I think it’s about time something was done.”

The $25,000 trafñc-calming project marked the end of a years-long effort by the Los Nietos School District and Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Mo|ina’s office. It comes about a year after the two initially collaborated to install speed cushions – which are wider and more subtle than typical speed bumps – on the street in front of Aeolian Elementary School.

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Los Nietos Sheds Underperforming Label

Labeled as underperforming according to federal standards for more than a half-dozen years, Los Nietos Middle School is now enjoying a completely different designation – just in time for the district’s 150th anniversary celebration. Officials say the 400-student campus is the only middle school in Los Angeles County that managed this school year to exit Program Improvement, a status placed on schools that fail to meet annual federal testing targets for two consecutive years.

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Establishment of SELAC Foundation

When he began serving on the board of the Los Nietos School District, Nicholas Aquino quickly came to the realization that money and schools didn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. As a matter of fact, Aquino, 52, noticed there was “never enough money to do special projects, whether it was classroom or school or district projects.

“There was just not enough money.”

So, like board members at many local school districts, Aquino started researching educational foundations and discovered a much better way to help raise money for all local students. He established the South East Los Angeles County Educational Foundation (SELAC Foundation), a nonprofit group that aims to funnel extra money to all schools in Southeast Los Angeles County for special programs, projects and college scholarships.

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Los Nietos School District’s 150th Celebration!

On May 21, 2011, the former “Los Nietos School” welcomed back former students and staff as part of the Los Nietos School District’s 150th Anniversary celebration. Hosted by Los Nietos Middle School Principal, Jacqueline Cardenas, and the Los Nietos Middle School Staff and PTC Parents, the event raised close to $9,000.00 for the school and demonstrated the love that the Los Nietos Community has for their alma mater.

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© 2012 Committee to Re-elect Nicholas Aquino for Los Nietos School Board.