LCUSD Settlements With Ex-Principals Stir Mixed Parent Response

La Cañada High School students are beginning an academic year’s second half without Principal Ian McFeat for the first time since 2013 as a result of six-figure legal settlements involving him, the school district and his wife, Christine Castillo, a former La Cañada Elementary School principal.
McFeat, who was hired as principal in July 2012, became the La Cañada Unified School District’s executive director of student services on Dec. 10, a move that district officials had said was a promotion. Later, it was revealed that he and Castillo had signed settlement agreements on Dec. 4 that stemmed from a Castillo lawsuit and determined his employment is terminated effective June 30.

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Ian McFeat, former La Cañada High School principal, and Christine Castillo, an ex-La Cañada Elementary School principal, agreed in December to separate six-figure settlements from LCUSD.

Since The Outlook reported last month that McFeat has left and details of the settlement have been disseminated, the community has engaged in spirited discussion — in particular on a closed Facebook page, with more than 100 comments on the topic. Some parents have said they are glad the lawsuit has ended, albeit with questions regarding the cost and divided opinion over the unforeseen changes in leadership. In several Facebook posts, writers voiced displeasure that LCUSD had settled at all in a case that they said was bogus and declared that the hiring process for McFeat and Castillo had been flawed from the beginning.
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Local Eagle Scout Project Supports LCE

Ethan Harp, (fourth from the right) recently completed his Eagle Scout Project with the help of his fellow Scouts from Troop 507. The project involved the installation of 28 new boards with hooks for hanging backpacks, as well as the refurbishing of an existing 50 boards at La Cañada Elementary School. Harp was supported by LCE Principal Emily Blaney, Troop 507 leaders John Moe and Mike Devine, and Anawalt Lumber and Dunn Edwards Paints.

LCE Educator is Finalist for Teacher of the Year

Mandy Redfern

State Sen. Anthony Portantino welcomed La Cañada Elementary School kindergarten teacher Mandy Redfern to Sacramento to congratulate her on being a finalist for 2018 California Teacher of the Year. Redfern and other outstanding teachers were recognized at a reception in the Capitol on Monday night. Portantino, who is also from LCF, said his children attended La Cañada Elementary School.
“Mandy is just an awesome teacher and it was such an honor to see her in Sacramento receiving this recognition. Her hard work and dedication to our district as well as her patience and dedication with helping educate my two daughters, Sofia and Bella, makes this recognition even more special,” commented Portantino.
The teacher of the year recognition is sponsored by the California Department of Education and presented by California Casualty and the California Teachers of the Year Foundation.