LCUSD Explores Parcel Tax Renewal

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board unanimously voted to approve a contract with the firm that led the successful effort to pass a 2014 parcel tax to assess the feasibility of renewing the measure.
The contract with San Francisco-based Terris Barnes Walters Boigon Heath Inc. was approved on Tuesday night at a regular governing board meeting. The consulting firm’s Charles Heath, who helped the district orchestrate the campaign for Measure LC several years ago, will again lead the effort. Continue reading “LCUSD Explores Parcel Tax Renewal”

LCUSD Hires New Executive Director of Special Education

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette shares a smile with Derek Ihori, newly named executive director of special education and psychological services, at a May 2 special LCUSD Governing Board meeting.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette shares a smile with Derek Ihori, newly named executive director of special education and psychological services, at a May 2 special LCUSD Governing Board meeting.

In a unanimous vote, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board named a new executive director of special education and psychological services during a special meeting last week.
“I’m really excited for this opportunity and I want to thank you,” Derek Ihori told the board after he was voted in last Thursday. Ihori’s salary will be $151,080, said Debra Cradduck, executive director of personnel services.
Ihori replaces Tamara Jackson, who is set to retire on June 30. Jackson has been with the LCUSD since 2003, always as special education director, she said in a previous statement.
District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said Ihori, who has been the director of pupil services for the Las Virgenes Unified School District, was selected out of a strong candidate pool. He oversees 120 special education teachers and specialists for Las Virgenes. Continue reading “LCUSD Hires New Executive Director of Special Education”

Governing Board OKs a 40-Meter Pool at High School

Courtesy La Cañada Unified School District  A 40-meter swimming pool will be built on the south side of the south gym at La Cañada High School. Some attendees at a school board meeting cited their preference for a bigger pool.
Courtesy La Cañada Unified School District
A 40-meter swimming pool will be built on the south side of the south gym at La Cañada High School. Some attendees at a school board meeting cited their preference for a bigger pool.

A 40-meter-long pool has been unanimously approved for La Cañada High School, where it will be installed on the south side of the south gym.
The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board made its decision despite calls from some who attended its meeting Tuesday to build a bigger pool.
“This community is a good swimming community and it deserves to have a 50-meter pool for the next 50 years,” said resident David Haxton. He gave the board a sheet containing nearly 30 emails from residents and others who did not state their hometown. His comments drew applause from other attendees. Continue reading “Governing Board OKs a 40-Meter Pool at High School”

Second Interim Financial Report Declared Positive

La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board members recently declared a positive certification for their second interim financial report of 2018-19.
The positive certification, according to a district statement, means the school district will meet its financial obligations for the current fiscal year and two subsequent fiscal years. Continue reading “Second Interim Financial Report Declared Positive”

School Campus Projects Still on Course, Officials Say

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK At a school district Governing Board meeting this week, La Cañada High School Booster Club President Jeremy Milbrodt, Superintendent Wendy Sinnette, club Treasurer Randy Scoville and LCHS interim Principal Jim Cartnal display a $41,000 check from the club to help fund the high school’s new Wellness Center.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
At a school district Governing Board meeting this week, La Cañada High School Booster Club President Jeremy Milbrodt, Superintendent Wendy Sinnette, club Treasurer Randy Scoville and LCHS interim Principal Jim Cartnal display a $41,000 check from the club to help fund the high school’s new Wellness Center.

Some of the construction projects at local schools that are being funded through Measure LCF bond revenue are expected to cost more than first anticipated but are still within the budget, officials said this week.
Improvements that have been or will be made possible by the $149 million general obligation bond, passed in November 2017, were discussed on Tuesday night at the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board meeting. Continue reading “School Campus Projects Still on Course, Officials Say”

School Board OKs Financial Figures

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve a summary of district revenue and expenditures for the 2017-18 fiscal year, including an unaudited fund balance that increased by about $2.1 million from the previous fiscal year.
The California Education Code requires that unaudited financial information for the previous year be submitted to the board and the county Office of Education by Sept. 15, according to a report from Mark Evans, assistant superintendent of administration and business services.
Even though the previous fiscal year ended on June 30, final totals are not completed by the district and the Office of Education until the end of August, Evans wrote. A state-approved firm then audits the reports and documentation, and everything is finalized for submission to the LCUSD board and the state by Dec. 15.
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LCUSD Back to School; Turns to Safety, Security

La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board members praised local schools for successful back-to-school events at their Tuesday meeting, the first the board has held since breaking for part of the summer after its Aug. 7 session.
“We’ve had a great start to the school year,” said LCUSD President Kaitzer Puglia, noting the successful PTA meeting kick-offs district wide and plentiful participation. “I cannot thank the families of this district enough for all that you do to make this place a wonderful learning environment.”
The board kicked off the meeting by honoring the La Cañada High School sports medicine team and its coach, who crowded the room in their red team shirts to receive certificates of achievement. The team recently placed fourth in the National Sports Medicine Competition, and students claimed individual places as well, with Allison Mueller taking first place. More than 3,500 sports medicine students from 300 high schools participated.
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LCUSD Board Candidates Forum on Oct. 2

The five candidates running for the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board election are expected to participate in a public forum at the La Cañada High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2.
The forum is being hosted by the La Cañada Council PTA and the League of Women Voters-Pasadena Area.
The public is invited to attend the event, at which audience members will hear prepared statements from the candidates and have the opportunity to submit written questions.
The League of Women Voters is dedicated to making democracy work by offering services to communities with the purpose of informing and encouraging voters to take advantage of their right to vote.
As a non-partisan organization, the La Cañada Council PTA neither supports nor opposes candidates. It does, however, aim to help disseminate as much factual, objective information as possible during election campaigns so voters can make informed choices on issues that affect the community’s children.
For more information, contact Melissa Mazin, La Cañada Council PTA President, at president@lacanadapta.org.