Barth Athletics Complex Opens Amid Praise for Team

Avery and Andy Barth (center), preparing to cut the ribbon Saturday at the Barth Athletics Complex
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Avery and Andy Barth (center), preparing to cut the ribbon Saturday at the Barth Athletics Complex, are pictured with school board member C. Joseph Chang, the Barths’ daughter Avery, Emile Bayle, the Barths’ son Andrew, school district Superintendent Jeff Wilson and school board members Chris Norgaard, Lisa Link, Shelley Ryan and Corey Barberie. The Barth family kick-started the two-year endeavor with a $3.5 million donation.

Fulfilling a promise made two years ago when they kicked golden shovels into the ground at Huntington Middle School, donors and school officials returned Saturday to cut the red ribbon at an eagerly awaited sports facility.
The Barth Athletics Complex is here, completed and open in time for the start of the school year, which began Wednesday. The facility — which includes a full-size CIF-regulation gym, two media classrooms, a fitness room, boys’ and girls’ team rooms and a multipurpose room — is reported to have rung in at $15.94 million. That puts it more than $1 million under budget, according to figures announced earlier this year by the San Marino Unified School District. Continue reading “Barth Athletics Complex Opens Amid Praise for Team”

They Have Special Connection to SMHS Link Crew’s Work

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Connie Tran, Alexander Ramsay and Juan Castellanos say they built upon their unique experiences as new San Marino High School students when they decided to join Link Crew as leaders.

Every year, San Marino High School entrusts a group of student leaders with the task of easing the landing of the school’s incoming freshmen and transfers, an experience to which each of those leaders can relate.
Whether born and raised in San Marino or having just recently moved to the community, new students at SMHS have much to gain from the guidance of their assigned Link Crew leaders, the seniors, juniors and occasional sophomores who volunteer to usher newbies into the school. Continue reading “They Have Special Connection to SMHS Link Crew’s Work”

Though New to SMUSD, Superintendent Knows the Issues

Jeff Wilson
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Jeff Wilson, who served in the Arcadia school district for more than a decade, has come aboard as San Marino’s school superintendent.

In Arcadia, Jeff Wilson had a more modern office, owing to the newness of the building he worked in.
Now moved into his space at the San Marino Unified School District’ main building, with generous square footage and a vaulted ceiling, the district’s recently hired superintendent said he appreciates the aesthetic change.
“This is such a classic room over here,” Wilson said, during an interview on the eve of his official first day. “It’s a beautiful office. I love the windows. It’s got kind of an ornate feel to it.”
The gregarious Wilson will probably be walking in and out of that office frequently throughout the coming months as he acclimates to his new role in running SMUSD, where he began on July 1. Continue reading “Though New to SMUSD, Superintendent Knows the Issues”

Class of ’58, PTAffiliates Fund SMHS’ New Marquee

San Marino High School officials and alumni
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San Marino High School officials and alumni gather beneath the school’s marquee, which proclaims the generosity of the class of 1958 and PTAffiliates.

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


Some students, upon graduating, brush off the dust of high school and walk away with diplomas in hand, never to look back.
Not so San Marino High School’s class of 1958.
More than 40 members of the class, which celebrated its 60-year reunion last July, funded a new electronic marquee for their alma mater in conjunction with PTAffiliates. The groups each raised about half of the money needed for the approximately $45,000 board to replace the roughly 20-year-old marquee, which would sometimes malfunction — preventing announcements of school events from being clearly displayed. Continue reading “Class of ’58, PTAffiliates Fund SMHS’ New Marquee”

Schools Foundation Nears Fundraising Goal — Can You Help?

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Chris Maling
Chris Maling

By Chris Maling
Special to The Outlook

“Imagine the end at the beginning” has been a quote that directs my focus and attention with all my activities regarding family, career and fundraising for charities. As the outgoing president of the San Marino Schools Foundation, I imagined at the beginning that our community of San Marino, through the efforts of the foundation, would reach or exceed our $2 million goal of fundraising at the end of June 2019. Our campaign, “Everyone Gives,” was a call to every resident, parent, business owner and community member to support our schools and have what is referred to as “skin in the game.” Continue reading “Schools Foundation Nears Fundraising Goal — Can You Help?”

PTAs Detail Big Donations on Volunteer Hours, Money

The final PTA Council report for the 2018-19 school year indicates the network contributed nearly $860,000 and more than 157,000 volunteer hours to the San Marino Unified School District throughout the year.
The SMUSD Board of Education accepted the report at its meeting last week, during which outgoing PTA Council President Christina Pink highlighted the work of each school’s organization before yielding the floor for individual presentations by the schools’ outgoing presidents. Continue reading “PTAs Detail Big Donations on Volunteer Hours, Money”

New Superintendent Plans to Hit the Ground Running

Jeff Wilson
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Jeff Wilson speaks before the school board for the first time after being approved as San Marino Unified School District’s new superintendent last week.

Addressing the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education for the first time, Jeff Wilson said he looks forward to the opportunity to “make you guys my true family” when he formally takes over as the district’s superintendent on July 1.
“You are my new family, like it or not,” he quipped, speaking at the school board’s meeting last week, “and I can’t wait to get started.”
Wilson, whose selection by the school board was announced May 3, with the appointment made formal with a contract approval on May 14, will become SMUSD’s 14th superintendent when the next
school year begins. He comes by way of Arcadia Unified School District, where he served as an assistant superintendent since 2014. Continue reading “New Superintendent Plans to Hit the Ground Running”

Schools Foundation Looks for Finishing Kick in Fundraising Race

James Lau and Chris Maling
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James Lau, executive director of the San Marino Schools Foundation, and Chris Maling, the foundation’s board president, have pushed for a 100% participation rate among community residents in giving to the nonprofit, which financially assists the San Marino Unified School District.

The more things change, the more they stay the same, as the adage goes.
The San Marino Schools Foundation, which tabbed James Lau as its interim executive director about a year ago, decided to continue to rely on him to run the nonprofit organization for the foreseeable future. The foundation board’s leadership will change in July, going from Chris Maling to Erin Bilvado. The San Marino Unified School District, the foundation’s beneficiary, recently hired a new superintendent, Jeff Wilson, to take over the district after his predecessor departed in August. Continue reading “Schools Foundation Looks for Finishing Kick in Fundraising Race”

School Board Picks Arcadia Administrator as New Superintendent

Jeff  Wilson
Jeff Wilson

The San Marino Unified School District’s new superintendent, who faces formal approval by the school board next week, won’t have to change his daily commute much once he starts work.
After the final round of closed-session interviews and discussion, the board last week decided on Jeff Wilson, the assistant superintendent of educational services for the Arcadia Unified School District, as its next top executive, pending a background check and contract negotiations. According to the district, Wilson is slated to be SMUSD’s 14th superintendent since 1918. Continue reading “School Board Picks Arcadia Administrator as New Superintendent”

For PTSA Leader, SMHS Commencement Brings a Finality

Emily Boutin will soon pick up her diploma from San Marino High School, following in the footsteps of her mother, Ann, a member of the class of 1979.
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Emily Boutin will soon pick up her diploma from San Marino High School, following in the footsteps of her mother, Ann, a member of the class of 1979.

For Ann Boutin, the impending graduation of daughter Emily represents a full-circle journey 40 years in the making.
Boutin, this year’s San Marino High School PTSA president, was in her daughter’s shoes four decades ago, approaching graduation along with the rest of SMHS’ class of 1979. At the helm of PTSA, she now gets to watch her fourth and youngest child walk the stage this year.
“I think I’ve been at the high school way more than four years,” quipped Emily Boutin, who was preceded at SMHS by two older siblings; the eldest attended a private school. “I feel like I’m ending it on a good note.”
Ann Boutin, who went on to study home economics at UC Davis after graduating from SMHS before earning her law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in 1987, returned to the area and lived briefly in Pasadena, where she practiced estate law. After marrying, she and her husband moved to their current home in San Marino to start their family, at which point Boutin put work aside to be a full-time mom. Continue reading “For PTSA Leader, SMHS Commencement Brings a Finality”