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”
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”
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 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”
The San Marino Unified School District Board of Education awaits contract negotiations and a successful background check before it announces its presumptive hire to be the district’s next superintendent.
The board reached its decision in a closed session meeting Monday evening, according to board President Lisa Link, and expects to announce the new superintendent’s name and background by the end of the week. Districts customarily withhold the names of applicants from public record in the interest of protecting the applicants’ desires from their present employers, often neighboring school districts. Continue reading “School Board Zeroes In on Superintendent Finalist”
San Marino High School’s search for a new football coach came to an end recently as Principal Issaic Gates announced the hiring of Justin Mesa.
Mesa accepted the position on Wednesday, April 17, ending a nearly three-month hunt for the successor to former head coach Mike Hobbie, who resigned from the position and announced his retirement on Jan. 23.
“Coach Mesa is a rare find as a high school coach, with his knowledge of the Xs and Os and having learned it at the highest levels of college football,” Gates said. “His relationship skills with recruiting kids and his experiences in coaching high school football makes him refined, and I think we’re lucky in San Marino that he wants to be the coach here.” Continue reading “Titans Take Their New Football Coach From College Ranks”
To hear its beneficiaries talk, the Rotary Club of San Marino’s investment in sending a group of enterprising area high school students to its annual district leadership retreat was well worth it.
The club heard last week from four of 14 Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients whose trip to the recent retreat held in Running Springs was financed by the club and its South Pasadena counterpart. The 14 represented San Marino High School, Southwestern Academy and St. Francis High School. Continue reading “Receiving a Charge From Leadership Retreat, Teens Thank Rotary”
A pitch for mechanical pencil rental stations operated through a mobile application earned first-place attention from Rotary Club of San Marino’s panel of judges for the organization’s annual business plan competitions.
San Marino High School students Nigel Landon and Carson Giles now prepare to take their pitch — titled “Jot” — to the larger business plan competition on Thursday, April 18, at Huntington Middle School; they’ll be joined by their SMHS peers Charisse Chow and Leo Li, whose pitch for an on-the-go durable makeup line “Drip Cosmetics” took second place last week. The top two winners from South Pasadena High School and Arcadia High School will compete with them there. Continue reading “Rotary Club Enjoys Business Plan Competition”
As of last Thursday’s deadline, 44 have applied to be San Marino Unified School District’s next superintendent, nearly double the 25 who applied for the position when it was last posted about five years ago.
Those 44 applicants represent 12 states, giving a “great mix of California and national candidates,” according to Mike Escalante, one of the men hired to conduct the search. Escalante, along with colleague James Guerra, plans to present those applications and their video interviews to the SMUSD Board of Education in closed session on Tuesday, after which the board is expected to narrow down its top candidates. Continue reading “44 Candidates Apply for School District Superintendent Position”
Moving forward, the San Marino Unified School District plans to make use of its new Facilities Advisory Committee — whose members were formally sworn in at a meeting last week — to help make big decisions regarding capital projects and upgrades to district buildings.
The board of education — in the wake of a precautionary lockdown at San Marino High School this month — also heard a presentation on how the district plans to improve the way it communicates with parents during future emergencies. The lockdown followed an alleged text-message threat that city police now believe was a joke taken too far. Continue reading “SMUSD Names Panel on Capital Projects, Reviews Lockdown”