Survey Supports Parcel Tax Extension, LCUSD Board Is Told

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board received resounding support this week to forge ahead with a parcel tax measure renewal vote on the March 2020 ballot. The possible measure, which would be in effect until voters terminated it, would extend the tax that was passed in 2014 and is set to expire in June 2021. Continue reading “Survey Supports Parcel Tax Extension, LCUSD Board Is Told”

Governing Board Wants More Details on School’s Makeover

Mark Evans
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Mark Evans, La Cañada Unified School District’s chief business and operations officer, discusses parking options for a Palm Crest Elementary School modernization project at a Governing Board meeting Tuesday.

Members of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday agreed on a general layout for Palm Crest Elementary School, which is set for a major modernization, but asked the district’s staff for a more detailed plan for the endeavor, due for a groundbreaking in 2021.
The board unanimously voted for more information on an option that includes two two-story buildings forming a V shape, with open space in between, and outdoor corridors. Continue reading “Governing Board Wants More Details on School’s Makeover”

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”