School Board Zeroes In on Superintendent Finalist

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”

Titans Take Their New Football Coach From College Ranks

Justin Mesa
Justin Mesa

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”

Receiving a Charge From Leadership Retreat, Teens Thank Rotary

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Glover Talt,  Ava Slocum, Calvin Yan and Richelle Chow recently spoke to the Rotary Club of San Marino about their experiences at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award retreat they attended on behalf of the club. Talt and Slocum attend San Marino High School, and Yan and Chow study at Southwestern Academy.
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Glover Talt, Ava Slocum, Calvin Yan and Richelle Chow recently spoke to the Rotary Club of San Marino about their experiences at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award retreat they attended on behalf of the club. Talt and Slocum attend San Marino High School, and Yan and Chow study at Southwestern Academy.

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”

Rotary Club Enjoys Business Plan Competition

Photo by Zane Hill / Outlook San Marino High School students Kristin Yam, Melvin Adams, Leo Li, Charisse Chow, Carson Giles and Nigel Landon competed last week in Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual business plan competition, taking several minutes to pitch their entrepreneurial proposals to the club.
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San Marino High School students Kristin Yam, Melvin Adams, Leo Li, Charisse Chow, Carson Giles and Nigel Landon competed last week in Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual business plan competition, taking several minutes to pitch their entrepreneurial proposals to the club.

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”

44 Candidates Apply for School District Superintendent Position

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”

SMUSD Names Panel on Capital Projects, Reviews Lockdown

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”

School Parcel Tax Renewed, Saving Some Teachers’ Jobs

The San Marino Unified School District got its parcel tax renewal last week, as 1,805 of 2,612 ballots submitted by voters supported the tax that has been collected by the district since 1991.
The tax — $366.40 per year per parcel — will continue to fund the salaries and benefits of 14 teachers and support staff members for the next six years. It is expected to generate about $1.6 million annually for that purpose. Continue reading “School Parcel Tax Renewed, Saving Some Teachers’ Jobs”

School Board Outlines Ideal Superintendent

It’s superintendent season, and the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education has an idea of the kind of executive it would like to lead its small, high-achieving district.
With a rough outline of an ideal candidate, hiring consultants Mike Escalante and James Guerra will begin crafting the job description and pitch with which they hope to attract a handful of strong applicants from which the board can ultimately make a hire. Board members spent much of their meeting last week summarizing what they want to the consultants. Continue reading “School Board Outlines Ideal Superintendent”

Stamp of Approval? Mailed Votes Due in School Tax Election

It’s time for another election in San Marino, as residents are tasked with mailing in their ballots asking whether to renew a six-year parcel tax on behalf of the San Marino Unified School District.
On the ballot is the proposed renewal of Measure R, a $366.40-per-parcel tax on San Marino properties that is expected to generate about $1.6 million annually to fund 13 full-time positions for SMUSD and an additional part-time position. This parcel tax was last renewed in 2013 and has been in effect since 1991. Continue reading “Stamp of Approval? Mailed Votes Due in School Tax Election”