0Shares0000Lyon’s forward Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring a goal on December 18, 2016LONDON, United kingdom, Jul 3 – Arsenal have agreed a deal with Lyon to sign France striker Alexandre Lacazette for what could be a club-record transfer fee of Sh5.9bn (£44million).The deal would surpass the Sh5.7bn (£42.5mn) it cost Arsenal to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013 and is expected to be completed in the next 48 hours after Lacazette travels to London for a medical. Arsenal made an unsuccessful Sh3.9bn (£29mn) bid to sign the 26-year-old a year ago and saw an opening offer of Sh5.3bn (£39.5mn) rejected this summer, before reaching an agreement with Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas.Aulas dismissed speculation the transfer could be worth £58.7m including bonuses, saying: ‘It’s an impossible sum that is not realistic. The first offer made by Arsenal was £39.5m.‘The deal will happen for something between that and £43.8m. To be close to €50m is something unique, and will be a record for Arsenal and a record for Lyon.‘One must also take into account that traditionally, a club like Arsenal do not have the habit of spending so much for one player.‘We will without a doubt hit a record. It is not a small transfer, €50m for a player who was produced by our club.’Arsene Wenger has refused to give up the pursuit and will be delighted to sign one of his top transfer targets after accepting that he is unlikely to get Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.Lacazette has been with Lyon since the start of his career, scoring 129 goals in 275 games for his hometown club. Last season he scored 37 times in 45 appearances.-By Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
SIMI VALLEY Middle schools aren’t what they used to be at least that’s the message Simi Valley teachers want students to understand. Before 2004, eighth-graders were allowed to move on to high school despite failing classes if they passed state standardized tests. Today, they are required to pass 75 percent of their classes, and educators continue to find ways to push students to achieve at the city’s three middle schools Hillside, Sinaloa and Valley View. “We have the beginning of a great program,” said Dayle Gillick, president of the Simi Educators Association, which represents 1,000 teachers in the Simi Valley Unified School District. “It’s not completed. It’s ongoing. We’ve really worked hard on this.” The plan, which has accelerated during this school year, is to rigorously monitor students’ progress and reach out to at-risk children with intervention programs. It also emphasizes parental involvement, including quarterly meetings, and student one-on-ones. “We’re trying to put in steps that will lead to our ability to intervene with students and assist them in their academic progress,” said Bill Waxman, the district’s director of secondary education. “We’re making an effort this year to try to put things in place so if they need assistance, they’ll have it.” While the district couldn’t provide numbers on exactly how many students are falling behind, Waxman put the figure in the “hundreds.” A task force composed mostly of teachers began restructuring the promotion policy nearly two years ago with recommendations to the district. Gillick said one of the biggest outcomes has been improved communication among parents, students and elementary and secondary education teachers to identify struggling students. California Department of Education rules allow districts to develop their own promotion and retention policies under minimum state requirements. The district is also looking into hiring three at-risk coordinators at each school site and adding a seven-period day. “Up until this year, you just didn’t have to pass seventh and eighth grade,” school board member Greg Stratton said. “It’s a work in progress. The idea is to get them all to pass. The kids knew they didn’t have to do anything, so they did nothing.” [email protected] (805) 583-7604 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!