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Expects to Flunk the Principal Survey

Editor, How could this be? Did you fill out the survey issued by the LBUSD to identify priority qualities for hiring the new high school principal, replacing Dr. Culverhouse? I did, but was flummoxed. Here is the first part: 1) “Select 10 of the most desirable qualities you...

HS Principal Takes Position at Palos Verdes Schools

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Saying she took a “significant decrease” in salary, Laguna Beach High School principal Joanne Culverhouse confirmed that she is the new assistant superintendent of educational services at Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. She starts next...

A Vote for Free, Creative Spirits

Editor, I am sure that Laguna Beach Unified School District Superintendent Sherine Smith did not intend to imply that the American Management Association or American business leaders were somehow dictating the LBUSD curriculum of the 21st Century. I’m also sure she...

LBUSD and LagunaTunes Make Music Together

Editor, I want to thank the LBUSD for helping LagunaTunes Community Chorus resolve a scheduling problem with the Artists’ Theatre. The size of our chorus and popularity of our concerts has grown to the point where St. Mary’s Church is no longer a viable venue for our...

District Hires Strategic Administrators

With emphasis on new learning standards and student discipline, three new school administrators, an assistant superintendent, the director of human resources and an assistant high school principal were officially hired by the school board Tuesday. Darlene Messinger is the...

Laguna Hires Strategic School Administrators

With emphasis on new learning standards and student discipline, three new school administrators, an assistant superintendent, the director of human resources and an assistant high school principal, were officially hired by the school board Tuesday. Darlene Messinger is the...

Assistant School Chief Resigns

Deni Christensen, the assistant superintendent in charge of curriculum for Laguna Beach public schools, resigned Friday within hours after a regularly scheduled performance review of her boss, the district’s superintendent.  Christensen’s resignation is effective July 19....

Wired for the Future

With a $150,000 donation to upgrade the wireless system for the Laguna Beach Unified School District, all four schools and 3,000 students are being primed for the day in the near future when school supplies are defined by individual laptops and tablets. School Power, a volunteer...

Thumbs Up for Story on Student

Editor, Thank you for doing that article on Jack Winter (He’s Setting a Self-Taught Standard,” May 24).  I just saw it on the website, and it was fantastic.  I sent it to all the referenced parties as well (I even sent it to my wife). I appreciate your accuracy and...

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...

Incumbent Receives Poor Marks

Editor, Bill Landsiedel should be expelled from the LBUSD school board for poor spelling on his website, not doing his homework before his video presentation, telling lies, and bullying his peers.   Mark Stewart, Laguna Beach

Neglected Field Conditions

Editor,   David Vanderveen’s column of last week (“Tennis Courts and House Parties”) prompts my airing of a similarly sad tale of the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s (i.e., the board’s) often close-minded and hypocritical approach to certain student and parent...

Half of Local Students Lack Proof of Vaccination

A new California law requires students entering grades 7-12 to provide proof of proper immunization against pertussis, also known as whooping cough, before starting school this fall. Just half of Laguna Beach students have turned in the required forms, said Irene White, the...

Class Notes

Party Dress Donations Wanted Donations are needed of gently worn prom dresses, party dresses, formal dresses, or bridesmaid dresses for the “Belle of the Ball” event for foster care and at-risk teen girls in Orange County. Especially needed are contemporary and plus size dresses,...