Jeffries, Radabaugh, Puglia Earn School Board Seats

Voters on Tuesday elected Joe Radabaugh and incumbents Dan Jeffries and Kaitzer Puglia to sit on the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board for the upcoming four-year term.
Jeffries, the current board president and a longtime prosecutor with the L.A. City Attorney’s office, was the leading vote-getter with 2,104 votes as of Wednesday morning, according to preliminary results posted by the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder. Continue reading “Jeffries, Radabaugh, Puglia Earn School Board Seats”

Governing Board Points to Dashboard for Performance Ratings

Members of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board got another lesson on the California School Dashboard at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Lindi Dreibelbis, LCUSD’s chief director of assessment, reminded her audience that Dashboard is replacing the former Academic Performance Index in the state, and she introduced the new local indicators, which are intended to offer districts a way to measure their progress in a variety of self-selected topics. Continue reading “Governing Board Points to Dashboard for Performance Ratings”

Candidates Deliver Pitches for LCUSD School Board Seats

La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board candidates Joe Radabaugh, Joshua Gottheim, Kaitzer Puglia, Dan Jeffries and Christopher Salvo are running for three seats on the Governing Board.

In their own words, La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board candidates Joe Radabaugh, Joshua Gottheim, Kaitzer Puglia, Dan Jeffries and Christopher Salvo describe why they deserve your vote. Three candidates will be elected when voters cast their ballots on Nov. 7.

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Salvo Sees Funding, Engagement as LCUSD Focus

Christoper Salvo

Since he started campaigning, Christopher Salvo has enjoyed getting to know his neighbors better, people he might have met but hadn’t shared a substantial conversation with — perhaps because they’d never discussed local schools, a subject on which La Cañada Flintridge voters are well-versed.
Salvo, a project manager at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is running for office for the first time. He is one of five candidates for three available La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board seats in the Nov. 7 election. Those elected will serve four-year terms. Continue reading “Salvo Sees Funding, Engagement as LCUSD Focus”

LCFEF Awards District $2 Million

It’s become a tradition, and for that, La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said she and her colleagues are most grateful.
For the seventh consecutive year, the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation raised $2 million for the district, money that will be used to help fund smaller class size, to recruit and retain talented teachers and staff, and to fund programs in visual and performing arts as well as provide an array of math and science courses. Continue reading “LCFEF Awards District $2 Million”

Radabaugh Vows to Preserve, Advance ‘La Cañada Difference’

Joe Radabaugh
Joe Radabaugh

With a father in the military, Joe Radabaugh moved around a lot as a kid. Now, he said he wants nothing more than for his own children, a 4th-grader and 6th-graders at Paradise Canyon Elementary, to grow up in one city — and in a single school district.
Radabaugh is in the midst of his first campaign for the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board, one of five candidates for three seats in the Nov. 7 election. Those elected will serve four-year terms. Continue reading “Radabaugh Vows to Preserve, Advance ‘La Cañada Difference’”

LCUSD Candidates Forum Debates Bond, Safety, Wellness

School safety, teacher retention and student wellness were on the minds of audience members who submitted handwritten questions at Monday’s candidates forum, where five La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board hopefuls sought to distinguish themselves before voters.
Over the course of 90 minutes, first-time candidates Joshua Gottheim, Joe Radabaugh, Christopher Salvo and incumbents Dan Jeffries and Kaitzer Puglia revealed mostly subtle differences in their approach to guiding one of California’s top school districts.
Three seats on the board — each for a four-year term — will be open in the Nov. 7 election, when voters also will weigh in on Measure LCF, a $149-million bond proposal that would be used for campus improvements. The proposal would not increase the tax rate, but would replace expiring bonds. Capped at $60 per $100,000 in assessed property value, it would be paid off within 30 years. Continue reading “LCUSD Candidates Forum Debates Bond, Safety, Wellness”

LCUSD Board Candidate Puglia Extols Education Experience for Board Term

Kaitzer Puglia
Kaitzer Puglia

For a small district, La Cañada Unified has a lot going on. And Governing Board candidate Kaitzer Puglia, a professor of child development and education, said she savors every aspect of it.
Puglia is running for her second four-year term to retain her place on the LCUSD Governing Board; she is among five candidates for three seats in the Nov. 7 election.
“People ask me all the time, ‘Hey, Kaitzer, how do you like being on the board?’” said Puglia, a Pasadena City College professor and the mother of two recent La Cañada High School graduates. “I tell them, ‘I love being on the board!’ It sounds corny, but I love it. Continue reading “LCUSD Board Candidate Puglia Extols Education Experience for Board Term”

LCUSD Board Candidate Jeffries Vies for Bond, Tech

Dan Jeffries
Dan Jeffries

During his first campaign for the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board four years ago, Dan Jeffries was wowed by how well-informed the La Cañada Flintridge electorate was about district-related issues, whether or not they had children in school.
Currently the board’s president, Jeffries, has been looking forward to having similar conversations at campaign stops — and at his son’s baseball practice or while refereeing AYSO soccer matches. Continue reading “LCUSD Board Candidate Jeffries Vies for Bond, Tech”

Gottheim Touts Bond Expertise in LCUSD Bid

Joshua Gottheim

Joshua Gottheim is a big fan of the La Cañada Unified School District, but he says he sees potential for improvement.
A land use attorney with an economics degree from Yale and a law degree from UC Berkeley, Gottheim is one of five candidates for three LCUSD Governing Board seats that will be up for a vote on Nov. 7.

“I’m very enthusiastic,” said Gottheim, the father of three LCUSD students; an 8th-grader and 2nd-grade twins at La Cañada Elementary.
Gottheim is an advocate for more self-directed, self-paced ways in which technology can be used to assist students learning math and science.
He thinks the district’s campuses need updating, much of which could be funded by Measure LCF, the $149-million general obligation bond that will be included on the Nov. 7 ballot.
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