LCUSD Says Late Start Reaction Trending Positive

Midway through the school year, La Cañada High School and 7/8 students seem to be taking the experiment of late start well, although administrators await the winter and spring sports seasons to hit their stride for additional input.
Jim Cartnal, executive director of pupil and personnel programs and services for LCUSD, shared preliminary data at Tuesday’s La Cañada Unified Governing Board meeting. Surveys have indicated the students are “by and large” in favor of the later school start times of 8:30 a.m. as opposed to 7:45 a.m., even if it didn’t necessarily mean they were getting additional sleep as intended.
“Openly, it’s a mixed bag,” Cartnal said. “Kids are getting some more sleep, but not all kids are getting more sleep.” Continue reading “LCUSD Says Late Start Reaction Trending Positive”

City, LCUSD Board Move Elections to 2020

At the insistence of the state, the City Council and La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday approved resolutions to consolidate their future elections with statewide elections, a shift that will set election dates for even years and add a fifth year to the four-year terms of both sitting council and board members.
The resolutions are in response to Senate Bill 415, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015 aimed at increasing local voter turnout while decreasing local election costs.
The City Council will push back its next municipal election to March 2020, a year later than the previously slated March 2019 election date. LCUSD’s next Governing Board election will be held in November 2020, instead of the previously scheduled November 2019 date. Continue reading “City, LCUSD Board Move Elections to 2020”

Sagal’s School Board Term Ends, Radabaugh’s Begins

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board swears in (from left) Joe Radabaugh, Kaitzer Puglia and Dan Jeffries.

Following last month’s election, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday welcomed Joe Radabaugh, welcomed the return of Dan Jeffries and Kaitzer Puglia and bid farewell to David Sagal, who opted not to run again and finished his first and only four-year term.
Superintendent Wendy Sinnette thanked Sagal, a Warner Bros. executive and music arts proponent, for efforts that included serving as board president during a contentious and ultimately successful contract negotiation with teachers in 2016. She also announced that he and his wife, McNally, will receive the district’s distinguished Golden Apple Award later this year in recognition for their service. Continue reading “Sagal’s School Board Term Ends, Radabaugh’s Begins”

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”