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Gibson’s Race for School Board Elevated the Debate

Editor, 2014 was perhaps the first time ever that the school board race was more interesting than the City Council election.  The debate on school issues focused on high stakes substantive policy, instead of the same old petty politics and anachronistic rivalries we saw in the...

Normandin’s Command of Issues Earns a Supporter

Editor, I attended the recent Laguna Beach School Board candidate forum and was pleased by the many questions that were asked of the panel. Clearly Carol Normandin and Ketta Brown were the most prepared and knowledgeable on all the issues. Normandin especially spoke with...

Praise for a Candidate That Questions the Status Quo

Editor, Tom Walsh (“May the Best Qualified Win,” Letters, Oct. 10) pronounces school board candidate Annette Gibson unqualified for sending her children to private religious school and living in Crystal Cove.  Yet, Gibson lives and pays taxes in our school district, and her home...

School Board Approves Final Budget

First-year Supt. Sherine Smith’s four-year contract was extended 12 months by the school board last week, which also adopted a $40.9 million budget and bid farewell to high school principal Don Austin. The board unanimously approved the final 2011-12 budget, which accommodates an...

Football Mom Continues to Question Field Safety

Laguna’s school board on Tuesday denied a claim sought by parent Denise De La Torre, whose son, Ricki, was injured playing football last October. Since the denial of the claim was a scheduled agenda item, De La Torre took the opportunity to air her concerns about district...

School Boards Recognize Their Members

The California School Boards Association pays tribute this month to the 5,000 elected officials who are dedicated to providing public education to students throughout the state. The Laguna Beach Unified School District board is comprised of Theresa O’Hare, who serves as...