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Three companies recently finalized a $103 million investment into Carpinteria-based, which according to company founder Lynda Weinman, will help the the business get to “the next level” by ex- panding its services and its audience. The investment by global venture capital firm Accel Partners, growth equity firm Spectrum Equity and Meritech Capital Partners marks the first outside funding used in the company’s 17-year history. “Our decision to accept outside funding will support as we expand internationally. It will also add value to our membership with broadened content areas and accelerated scaling of our Web and video platform,” said company CEO Eric Robison. provides software, technology, creative announces $103 million investment

and business training to more than two million people worldwide through a library of 87,000 instructional videos. Clients include 44 out of 50 top national uni- versities, more than half of the Fortune 100 companies, all branches of the U.S. military and all cabinet-level departments of the U.S. federal government. Founded in Ojai in 1995, moved its head-

quarters to Carpinteria in 2009. The company’s local campus now occupies 160,000 square feet of office space in the Carpinteria Industrial Park with a staff of nearly 400 people. In 2012, the earned more than $100 million in revenue. In a statement from the company, Lynda Weinman,

co-founder and Executive Chair, said, “This investment increases our ability to expand our services to help more people in more places, and we believe that Accel and Spectrum have the domain expertise, resources and shared vision to help us reach our goals.”

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Crosstown Showdown set for Jan. 28

due to rain, the highly anticipated boys soccer match between Cate School and Carpinteria High School will finally commence on Monday, Jan. 28, at 6:45 p.m. at Carpinteria Valley Memorial Stadium. En- tering the annual Crosstown Showdown, the teams have both enjoyed success to this point in the season, though both have had recent setbacks. The Warriors (7-2-3, 3-1-1) lost a Tri-Valley League

match against Santa Paula High School before re- bounding with a win over Division 1 Ventura High School on Jan. 21. The defending CIF champion Rams (6-2-1, 3-0) have again outmatched their Condor League opponents but recently suffered a rare loss against Santa Ynez High School. Following the rivalry match, Coastal View News

will award a Player of the Game plaque to the most outstanding player on the winning team. Last year Cate School won the Crosstown Showdown by a score of 2-0 and its goalie, Blake Wands, earned the first ever award in the match up of two of the stron- gest sports programs in Carpinteria.



Overlooking an expanse of shimmering blue, Bruce Bowers, center, chats with Alice and Jesse Thompson on the Carpinteria bluffs on Sunday, Jan. 20. The mercury overcame its fear of heights last week, rising into the mid-70s to make for an active outdoor weekend. Carpinterians shed their winter coats and romped in the warmth, enjoying sunlit bluffs trails and balmy beaches. For more photos of the winter thaw, see page 12.

School board reviews reading software

District eyes future bond measure BY ERIN LENNON

The Carpinteria Unified School District Board of Education discussed how to get more out of its current facilities and programs at the Jan. 22 meeting, where it contemplated expanding reading interventions at Canalino and Aliso elementary schools after approving a contract to update the Facility Master Plan. Canalino Principal Jeff Madrigal and Aliso Principal

Holly Minear joined reading intervention staff from both sites to provide board members an overview of the Read 180 and System 44 software programs designed for struggling readers. The $35,000 price tag per site got both schools 60 permanent licenses, with 10 addi- tional System 44 licenses that increase the investment at Canalino by nearly $10,000, according to Madrigal. But not all licenses are currently being used despite continued need, and Board President Andy Sheaffer’s inquiry into why was met with the resounding answer: staff. These interventions require trained staff to bring students into reading labs for an hour a day, with Aliso holding two sections a day and Canalino hosting three, according to Minear and Madrigal. One solution is incorporating System 44 into afterschool programs. However, more licenses, staff and time slots must be procured before the Read 180 and System 44 program can be more widely implemented. The intervention program, emphasizing phonics,

fluency, vocabulary, grammar and spelling, targets elementary students reading at two to three years below their grade level. Currently about 150 students

use the programs. “If we don’t get them proficient by third grade,” said Superintendent Paul Cordeiro, “we’re really going to struggle with their ability to graduate from high school, at least with courses that position them for college.” Canalino and Aliso staffs touted the program’s use of engaging books and videos that provide opportunities to “say, spell and write” about concepts and vocabulary. Progress monitoring and assessments hold students accountable for their education, informing them that even though they’re on computers, teachers are keeping tabs on their work. “They know they’re low,” said Canalino Instruc-

tional Assistant Leslie Grieve. “They want to do better or they want to shutoff, and we’re getting them tuned back in.” Literacy was only one area the district would like

to see improve. Cordeiro highlighted other ongoing district initiatives, such as increasing math and sci- ence proficiency, to ease the transition for Carpinteria students into the world of work or college. Cordeiro also suggested increasing students’ career exploration through programs like Carpinteria High School’s forthcoming Design and Engineering Program and the Culinary Arts Kitchen. Along with addressing student success, the board approved a $15,000 contract with Pat Saley and

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