SMUSD Wants Public’s Advice on Fixing Facilities, Paying the Tab

The San Marino Unified School District would like your input as it works toward making a decision on its facilities needs and how to satisfy them.
On top of a town hall meeting held on Monday evening and another this morning, district officials also plan to host two walk-throughs at Valentine Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively. Additionally, residents are invited to offer their views at the district’s website, using a portal called Thoughtexchange. Continue reading “SMUSD Wants Public’s Advice on Fixing Facilities, Paying the Tab”

Seeking Counsel on Fiscal Affairs, Schools Will Name Task Force

Superintendent Jeff Wilson speaks at a recent school board meeting as the panel’s president, Lisa Link, listens. Wilson is forming a task force to analyze fiscal options and strategies for the cash-strapped local school district.
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Superintendent Jeff Wilson speaks at a recent school board meeting as the panel’s president, Lisa Link, listens. Wilson is forming a task force to analyze fiscal options and strategies for the cash-strapped local school district.

The San Marino Unified School District is seeking applicants to a new task force that will advise the superintendent on fiscal resources and revenue enhancement options for the high-achieving but underfunded district.
The Fiscal Resources Strategic Team, or FiRST, will be composed of 10-20 members, Superintendent Jeff Wilson said. Appointees will include teachers, support staff, administrators and students, but most will be local residents with relevant expertise who apply. Those interested in applying have until noon on Wednesday, Sept. 18, to do so. Continue reading “Seeking Counsel on Fiscal Affairs, Schools Will Name Task Force”

Principals’ Goal: Early Detection of Students’ Academic Problems

Academic intervention emerged as a key theme in each of the reports from San Marino’s four school principals recently as they gave their traditional opening-of-school-year presentations to the board of education.
The reports also signaled a theme of dialing back the celebration of the San Marino Unified School District’s academic successes in favor of making sure the students working toward such accomplishments are, at the end of the day, healthy and responsible. Continue reading “Principals’ Goal: Early Detection of Students’ Academic Problems”

Carver, Valentine, Huntington Star in Niche School Rankings

Carver and Valentine elementary schools displayed a winning one-two punch among public elementary schools in Los Angeles County this year, according to a research website’s rankings, while Huntington Middle School also displayed the most clout at the junior high level.
The city’s two elementary schools took Nos. 1 and 2 in Niche.com’s annual evaluations this year, each receiving an overall grade of A+. In the three sub-categories, both schools received an A+ in academics and teachers and an A-minus in diversity. Huntington, meanwhile, earned first place among the county’s middle schools. Continue reading “Carver, Valentine, Huntington Star in Niche School Rankings”

Though New to SMUSD, Superintendent Knows the Issues

Jeff Wilson
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Jeff Wilson, who served in the Arcadia school district for more than a decade, has come aboard as San Marino’s school superintendent.

In Arcadia, Jeff Wilson had a more modern office, owing to the newness of the building he worked in.
Now moved into his space at the San Marino Unified School District’ main building, with generous square footage and a vaulted ceiling, the district’s recently hired superintendent said he appreciates the aesthetic change.
“This is such a classic room over here,” Wilson said, during an interview on the eve of his official first day. “It’s a beautiful office. I love the windows. It’s got kind of an ornate feel to it.”
The gregarious Wilson will probably be walking in and out of that office frequently throughout the coming months as he acclimates to his new role in running SMUSD, where he began on July 1. Continue reading “Though New to SMUSD, Superintendent Knows the Issues”

Retirement Looms, but Kleinrock Still Rooting for School District

Loren Kleinrock
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Loren Kleinrock speaks to the Rotary Club of San Marino.

As he prepares to depart the San Marino Unified School District for a second time, Loren Kleinrock, as last week’s featured speaker at the Rotary Club of San Marino luncheon, urged the community to continue to step up to help the school system remain as strong as ever.
“This community has allowed our schools to be really, really, really good by their contributions, both in time and in dollars,” Kleinrock said. “I used to say when I met principals from other schools that what I really like about San Marino parents is that they have high expectations but they put their time and money behind those expectations. It always has been a partnership.” Continue reading “Retirement Looms, but Kleinrock Still Rooting for School District”

PTAs Detail Big Donations on Volunteer Hours, Money

The final PTA Council report for the 2018-19 school year indicates the network contributed nearly $860,000 and more than 157,000 volunteer hours to the San Marino Unified School District throughout the year.
The SMUSD Board of Education accepted the report at its meeting last week, during which outgoing PTA Council President Christina Pink highlighted the work of each school’s organization before yielding the floor for individual presentations by the schools’ outgoing presidents. Continue reading “PTAs Detail Big Donations on Volunteer Hours, Money”