LCUSD Extends School Closures Through May 5

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The La Cañada Unified School District board and staff members met virtually on March 31 at a special meeting that included Anais Wenn (front, from left), Dan Jeffries and Brent Kuszyk. Middle: Mark Evans, Ellen Multari and Kaitzer Puglia. Back: Joe Radabaugh, Jamie Lewsadder and Wendy Sinnette.

The La Cañada Unified School District board voted to extend school closures through Tuesday, May 5, at a Tuesday night special virtual meeting, and acknowledged that the timeline could be further pushed back.
The vote took into account the recommended May 5 date put forth by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. The meeting featured governing board members attending virtually, or via video conferencing site Zoom, and was broadcast live on YouTube.
Before voting, Superintendent Wendy Sinnette spoke of the statement from the California Department of Education, sent earlier on Tuesday, which said it “currently appears” students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year.
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LCUSD Stands by Staff Accused in Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination

The La Cañada Unified School District said it is fully supporting staff members and a teacher who were accused in a civil lawsuit of unfairly targeting Korean American students after four high school pupils were disciplined for allegedly cheating on an AP European History exam last year. The lawsuit also alleges discriminatory behavior by certain La Cañada High School staff members. Continue reading “LCUSD Stands by Staff Accused in Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination”

LCUSD Workshop Tackles Diversity, Inclusion

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Attendees from this week’s “Cultivating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” workshop listen to consultant Christina Hale-Elliott and LCUSD Superintendent Wendy Sinnette.

At the first workshop to cultivate feedback on diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the La Cañada Unified School District, Superintendent Wendy Sinnette laid out some pertinent themes for discussion, including student safety and how to better create an atmosphere of acceptance and empathy. Continue reading “LCUSD Workshop Tackles Diversity, Inclusion”

LCUSD Students Outperform in Statewide Evaluation

The La Cañada Unified School District said its students scored high above the state averages in the California Department of Education’s academic evaluation, ranking second overall in English and math. The results reflected a continuation of LCUSD students’ outstanding performance in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. Continue reading “LCUSD Students Outperform in Statewide Evaluation”

County Panel Approves Sagebrush Transfer, Public Vote Could Follow

Tom Smith (third from left), chair of UniteLCF, is all smiles as he stands with his fellow Sagebrush supporters because the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization voted 6-3 on Wednesday to transfer the Sagebrush area from the Glendale Unified School District to the La Cañada Unified School District.
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Tom Smith (third from left), chair of UniteLCF, is all smiles as he stands with his fellow Sagebrush supporters because the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization voted 6-3 on Wednesday to transfer the Sagebrush area from the Glendale Unified School District to the La Cañada Unified School District.

After nearly two hours of discussion on Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization voted 6-3 to transfer the Sagebrush area from the Glendale Unified School District to the La Cañada Unified School District. Continue reading “County Panel Approves Sagebrush Transfer, Public Vote Could Follow”