Talks on Teachers’ Pay Continue

They’re still talking.
“Still working on the numbers,” as La Cañada Teachers Association President Mandy Redfern put it in an email Wednesday.
Representatives of the LCTA and the La Cañada Unified School District continued to negotiate teacher pay this week. The two sides met on Monday and Tuesday, according to LCUSD Superintendent Wendy Sinnette.
Last week, she said they engaged in a bargaining session that lasted until after 2 a.m. on May 18. Continue reading “Talks on Teachers’ Pay Continue”

Seniors Give Tribute to Inspiring Teachers

When the group of strangers came barging in this week, cameras in tow, the classes they interrupted were in the midst of starting work on a math packet, passionately reciting Shakespeare, studying spelling words.
None of the teachers, who had to take a timeout mid-lesson, was expecting the visit.
“He had no idea we were coming,” La Cañada High School Principal Ian McFeat promised Andy DiConti’s students, “right?”
“Haven’t a clue,” agreed the LCHS 7/8 visual arts teacher, adding, in jest, “in general.” Continue reading “Seniors Give Tribute to Inspiring Teachers”

Parents Offer Real-Life Lessons by Imagining the Worst

Just days before prom, and with graduation right on the horizon, five members of the La Cañada High School peer-counseling bridge class recruited their parents to take the stage and publicly imagine the worst. They put themselves through the brutal exercise in an effort to drive home a message to students about the dangers of drunk driving. Continue reading “Parents Offer Real-Life Lessons by Imagining the Worst”

On Black (Balloon) Tuesday, Teachers, LCUSD Deadlocked

The small army of La Cañada Unified School District’s teachers at Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, clad in their matching blue T-shirts and toting black balloons, signaled that no accord had been reached between the teachers’ association and the district.
The two sides, which are wrestling over teacher compensation, met for the 10th time Monday. Continue reading “On Black (Balloon) Tuesday, Teachers, LCUSD Deadlocked”

LCUSD, Teachers at an Impasse on Pay Increase

Both sides say they want the same thing, but after 80 hours spanning nine negotiation sessions through last week, no deal.
La Cañada Unified School District teachers say they want to be paid salaries that are in line, long-term, with comparable districts such as San Marino and Manhattan Beach.
The district’s top administrator says she and the Governing Board share that goal, identifying the retention of high-quality teachers as the top priority in the Local Control Accountability Plan that is part of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. Continue reading “LCUSD, Teachers at an Impasse on Pay Increase”

Flintridge Prep’s Bachmann Celebrates 25 Years as Headmaster

Slow and steady wins the race. Many of us have heard this classic proverb, associated with Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Its lesson that consistent, effective effort leads to more success than accelerated doggedness has stood the test of time, and this moral rings especially true for Flintridge Prep Headmaster Peter Bachmann. Celebrating his 25th year at the helm of one of America’s most prestigious independent schools, the teacher and author reflected on the past quarter-century while sitting in his office during a recent afternoon. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep’s Bachmann Celebrates 25 Years as Headmaster”