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School Leaders Come Out for Meet and Greet

Parents have a chance to meet the school district’s two new principals and new staff at the year’s first PTA Coffee Break meeting, 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Top of the World Elementary School. Administrators will also discuss plans for the new school year, including the...

Gift’s Proceeds Provides Seed Money for Park

Editor, As evidenced in Howard Hills’ recent column (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 20 edition) it appears there is still misunderstanding about the funds the City Council recently allocated toward the purchase of a permanent site for the South Laguna...

Civility, Please

Editor, “Whatever civility might be, it has to do with courtesy, politeness, and good manners . . . Courtesy, politeness, and civility are all, in essence, forms of awareness. Being civil means being constantly aware of others and weaving restraint, respect, and consideration...

Demanding Excellence

Editor, The community response to the school board rescinding the calendar change should cause the community to stand up and take notice! Many see this as a calendar issue, it isn’t. It’s more than that; it is about the lack of integrity in the process. While, I am satisfied with...

At Odds With the School Board’s Culture

Editor, To a packed-in group of LBUSD parents and other community members, Laguna Beach school board President Bill Landseidel used the phrases “blown out of proportion”, and “odd” (adding to Ketta Brown’s “crazy” and...

School Board Ignores Majority Opinion of Parents

Editor, If the school board is apologizing to parents then it is only fair that they correct their mistake. Put the calendar back and leave it alone until you’ve allowed a proper public debate. When a student does something wrong in class he is required to correct it and/or...

Organizing Effort Over School Calendar

Editor, During the standing room only February school board meeting, the members and Supt. Smith all acknowledged their failure to properly communicate and manage their decision to change the school calendar. While their belated admission was a positive step, there is a growing...

School Board Sticks to Early Start

Laguna Beach’s school board stuck to their unanimous decision to start school before Labor Day, prompting grumblings by disgruntled parents to boycott the earlier start in August and even recall school board members. “What is it they can’t hear?” Rick Putnam, who has two...

Calendar Change Made Without Consulting Parents

Editor: I’m writing to you to communicate my frustration and displeasure with the school board’s sudden decision to change the district calendar. My family doesn’t want a whole week off of school at Thanksgiving. As it is, we already have so many breaks during the school year...

Lack of Facts to Support Calendar Change

Dear Editor, In a joint LBUSD School Board and LB City Council meeting held Jan.  29, Sherine Smith, superintendent, cited a 43% response rate to a November email survey of parents about ‘considering to possibly change’ the school calendar. Further, Ms. Smith shared that 75% of...

Art Seen 12/14/12

Artist Paints In Live Demonstration Artist Georgeana Ireland will be painting live at Fingerhut Gallery, 210A Forest Ave. Saturday, Dec. 15, from noon to 3 p.m. For more, visit fingerhuart.com.                 Modern Facelift for a Laguna...

Origin of a Windfall

Editor, A bit of history will clear up some of the misunderstandings about the reasons the city has recently received $251,251.87 from the sale of property near Camel Point. In the beginning, the developers of Coast Royal, brothers Joe and Guy Skidmore, were very generous to the...

Sea Lion Fun With LOCA

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts is now taking registrations for a beginner-level clay-sculpting class. The workshop takes place at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9-10:30 a.m. The activity includes a docent tour of the center, and a close up view of...

No Square Theatre Sets Auditions

Auditions for singers, dancers and actors for No Square Theatre’s production of Laguna Tots will be held on Friday, March 2, between 3 and 8 p.m., at No Square Theatre’s Legion Hall, 384 Legion St.   Candidates should sing one song and bring accompaniment on CD, a...

No Square Theatre Sets Auditions

Auditions for singers, dancers and actors for No Square Theatre’s production of Laguna Tots will be held on Friday, March 2, between 3 and 8 p.m., at No Square Theatre’s Legion Hall, 384 Legion St.   Candidates should sing one song and bring accompaniment on CD, a...
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