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”
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”
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”
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”
The San Marino Unified School District Board of Education had its first reading of a resolution calling for a bond election last week, but it may have a hill to climb to convince at least 55% of voters to approve the measure once it reaches a ballot box.
Opinions varied among the standing room-only audience — some were all-in on the measure and others wanted nothing to do with it — but the consensus appeared to be that most were unsure how they felt amid concerns about the scale of the proposed bonds and the perceived suddenness of the measure. Continue reading “SMUSD Board Talks Up $148 Million Bond”
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”
With a facilities needs assessment to bolster the case, a bond proposition was scheduled to go before the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday, which if approved would call an election for June 5 for residents to make the ultimate decision.
A second reading of the item could be as early as Feb. 13, unless the board makes substantial changes after its first reading. The proposed bond amount stood at $148 million as of press time this week and Superintendent Alex Cherniss was confident the need for the funding had been soundly presented at Tuesday’s meeting. Continue reading “School Facilities Needs May Push Bond Approval”
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”
At eight weeks into the school year, Issaic Gates looks — and said he feels — more relaxed as the new principal of San Marino High School.
“It’s a different feeling than ‘Before Week 1,’” he said, mentally revisiting his first ‘first day’ at SMHS. “Before Week 1, you get the job and you’re just excited. I imagine it’s the mature version of ‘getting the car,’ but you’re getting your mom or dad’s car. Not a Yaris or a Corolla. A Mercedes or something. And the one thing you don’t want to do is wreck it. Then you start driving it and you get comfortable. You’ve touched the leather before.” Continue reading “SMHS Principal Settles Into Fast Lane”