SMUSD to Explore Ways to Secure SMHS, HMS

Citing the past installations of safety and security measures at both of the district’s elementary schools, the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education will revisit the conversation of securing its campuses, this time focusing on Huntington Middle School and San Marino High School.
This focus emerged from the conversation the board had with district staff at its meeting this week. The presentation highlighted the various ways the district protected itself and its students from potential violent incidents, particularly in light of the mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida school on Feb. 14. Continue reading “SMUSD to Explore Ways to Secure SMHS, HMS”

After Outcry, SMUSD Tables Bond Vote

Shelley Ryan
Shelley Ryan

Following weeks of debate within the community, the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education will wait to call an election to vote on $148 million in bonds for the purposes of funding a host of facilities projects.
“We are going to continue the discussion, but we did pull the actual voting off the table,” Board President Shelley Ryan said Monday, ahead of the Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening (after The Outlook’s deadline). Continue reading “After Outcry, SMUSD Tables Bond Vote”

Investigations of SMUSD Board Member Continue

Officials are withholding comment on a pair of investigations into a member of the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education other than to acknowledge those investigations are ongoing.
A third-party investigative firm is handling a misconduct investigation into board member Chris Norgaard on behalf of the school district, according to a statement made last week. That statement qualified the misconduct as sexual harassment. Continue reading “Investigations of SMUSD Board Member Continue”

No Shortage of Opinions as Residents Discuss Bond

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK About 100 residents showed up at a community-organized Town Hall meeting Monday at the Hill-Harbison House, where there was informative and, at times, impassioned discussion of the proposed school bond.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
About 100 residents showed up at a community-organized Town Hall meeting Monday at the Hill-Harbison House, where there was informative and, at times, impassioned discussion of the proposed school bond.

A town hall-style meeting Monday regarding the bond election being proposed by the San Marino Unified School District proved simultaneously informative and incendiary as officials carefully answered questions and some audience members voiced their impatience.
Amid the sometimes chaotic and other times agreeable line of questioning and answering, Board of Education President Shelley Ryan pledged to voice the concerns to her four peers on the board — they all were absent for fear of running afoul of the Brown Act — and continue listening to concerned residents. The audience at Hill-Harbison House included lifetime residents, parents who moved to San Marino for its schools, and community and business leaders. Continue reading “No Shortage of Opinions as Residents Discuss Bond”

School Board Member Under Investigation

San Marino Unified School District Board of Education member Chris Norgaard is the subject of a battery investigation by the San Marino Police Department and sexual harassment investigation by the school district, according to official statements to multiple media outlets.
In a Monday news release sent to television stations, daily newspapers and weekly publications, SMPD said it started a criminal investigation for battery on Friday, Jan. 19, after officials with the school district reported to the department that they were conducting their own investigation into a Board of Education member. Continue reading “School Board Member Under Investigation”

School District Dashboard is Coming Up Blue

San Marino Unified School District has, for the most part, maintained or improved its various standings in the California School Dashboard’s mid-year status and change report, which was made public recently.
Overall, the district maintained its “Very Low” suspension rate (which includes all students) and “Very High” mathematics performance (in grades 3-8) while increasing its already “Very High” English language arts performance (grades 3-8) and English learner progress (grades 1-12). The “Very High” graduation rate also was listed as maintained. Continue reading “School District Dashboard is Coming Up Blue”

Lifelong Educator Rolls Up Sleeves in First Term

Shelley Ryan
Shelley Ryan

Entering the final year of her first term, Shelley Ryan is ready to make her mark as president of the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education.

Ryan, a lifelong educator, said she is especially looking forward to seeing continued changes to the structure and content of the classrooms as SMUSD proceeds on its path of excellence.

Continue reading “Lifelong Educator Rolls Up Sleeves in First Term”