Watchdog Disputes Costs of SMUSD Public Records Release

Interim Superintendent Loren Kleinrock characterized his release of financial expenses in response to a series of public records requests by a local watchdog as a matter of transparency and accountability, but the man who sought the records said it was an attempt to chill others like him from digging into San Marino Unified School District business. Continue reading “Watchdog Disputes Costs of SMUSD Public Records Release”

School Board Election Winners Aim to Respond to Voters’ Mood

Unless provisional votes and mail-in ballots make a herculean impact on last week’s election results, residents of the San Marino Unified School District will have four more years with C. Joseph Chang and Shelley Ryan on the board of education, along with rookie Corey Barberie.
Chang pulled out a particularly resounding victory on Nov. 6, with 2,204 ballots propelling him well atop the list of seven candidates vying for three seats and sending him to his fifth and self-imposed final term on the school board. Continue reading “School Board Election Winners Aim to Respond to Voters’ Mood”

Report: Barth Athletics Complex on Schedule, Within Budget

Photo courtesy Gerald Schober A report on the progress of construction of Barth Athletics Complex, shown here, was presented at the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education meeting this week.
Photo courtesy Gerald Schober
A report on the progress of construction of Barth Athletics Complex, shown here, was presented at the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education meeting this week.

Having now awarded a contract for roof installation, the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education this week finished lining up all the builders it needs for the Barth Athletics Complex’s construction.
Barring unforeseen hiccups, the facility remains on schedule to be opened to Huntington Middle School students at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The school board, at its meeting Tuesday, received a project update that coincided with its awarding of the final contract. Continue reading “Report: Barth Athletics Complex on Schedule, Within Budget”

School Board Incumbents Grab Early Lead

Despite spirited competition for the three available seats, early returns in the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education election appeared to point toward continuity, as incumbents C. Joseph Chang and Shelley Ryan had the leading two spots in a partial count of precincts Tuesday night.
With early voting tabulated along with ballots in two of the seven precincts, Chang had 1,336 votes as of The Outlook’s press deadline this week, followed by Ryan’s 988 votes. Newcomer Corey Barberie checked in at third with 877 votes. Continue reading “School Board Incumbents Grab Early Lead”

School Parcel Tax Renewal Placed on February Ballot

With the election for the renewal of one of the San Marino Unified School District’s parcel taxes officially set, the onus is now on community members to promote — or discourage — bringing it back for another six years.
Parents of SMUSD students traditionally spearhead cam-paigns for tax renewals and other measures, with school officials and Board of Education members limited to discussing information about the ballot item without weighing in on its merits. Even the campaigners must volunteer entirely on their own. Continue reading “School Parcel Tax Renewal Placed on February Ballot”

School Board Considers New Ideas on Campus Safety

An updated security assess-ment presented recently to th suggested ways of funneling campus visitors into a single controlled entry point to mitigate potential threats to students and faculty.
The board did not make any decisions regarding the recommendations, but it will include its updated information in an overall facilities needs assessment. Hal Sibley, vice president of the consulting firm gkkworks, made the presentation to the board at its Sept. 25 meeting. Continue reading “School Board Considers New Ideas on Campus Safety”

School Board President Seeks to Continue Her Work

Shelley Ryan
Shelley Ryan

She’s capping her first term on the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education by serving as its president, but Shelley Ryan hopes to bring her perspective as an educator to the table for another term in this year’s election.
Ryan said she wants to continue improving the district’s offerings to students, using the momentum from the past several years of accomplishments, not least the continuation of SMUSD’s No. 1 ranking in the state’s annual academic evaluations of school districts. Course innovation — such as collaborative efforts with the Huntington Library and Caltech — are key developments, Ryan said. Continue reading “School Board President Seeks to Continue Her Work”

SMUSD Aces Test Again: No. 1 in State Evaluations

The news is pleasing but probably not surprising: San Marino Unified School District has retained its position atop the state Department of Education’s annual academic evaluations, making it the No. 1 public school district in California for nearly two decades.
The evaluations, known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, were publicly released this week. In a separate statement, SMUSD officials noted that this was the fourth year the district had the top overall CAASPP scores and that for 15 years prior to CAASPP, it also placed first in whatever evaluations the state had used. Continue reading “SMUSD Aces Test Again: No. 1 in State Evaluations”

SMUSD Finds Its Niche High in Rankings Again

The San Marino Unified School District continues to reap superlatives, with the community research website Niche.com placing the school system and its individual campuses at or near the top of their categories in Los Angeles County this year.

The district — which has long received glowing assessments from the state — and each of its four schools earned A+ grades this year from the website. In appraising districts, Niche combines standardized evaluation metrics with data concerning academic and other offerings and demographics and also considers student and parent reviews to determine its grades. Food, extracurricular activities, academic resources and student diversity are among data points considered.
In L.A. County, the district shines. Carver Elementary School is ranked as the top elementary school in the county, while Huntington Middle School took the crown as the No. 1 middle school.

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