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Tennis Court Repairs Hang On City Funding

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy With a $1.4 million bid in hand, the Laguna Beach Unified School District will ask the city to ante-up 70 percent, or $980,000, to repair and improve the dilapidating high school tennis courts, Dean West, the district’s assistant superintendent of...

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...

A Parent Explains Her Vote for School Board

Editor, As a concerned parent, I have followed the local school board election closely. There are three slots and four candidates. Ketta Brown, Dee Perry and Carol Normandin are qualified. The fourth, Annette Gibson, is not. Those of us familiar with the schools know we face...

Normandin Takes a Gamble With Candor

Editor, I am running for school board of the Laguna Beach Unified School District. Voters can vote for three of the four candidates. In the campaign, voters have asked me which of the other candidates I support. The other two candidates I will vote for are Ketta Brown and Dee...

Gibson’s Goal Could Jeopardize School Funding

Editor, I am a parent of kids in our Laguna schools and have been following the school board election.  One candidate, Annette Gibson, has no connection to our schools or district, no kids in our schools (literally ever), and no background in education. Instead, Gibson is running...

Schools Seek Public Feedback on New Projects

The school board is seeking public input on a facilities master plan and asks members of the community, students, staff and parents to complete a survey on the District’s website, www.lbusd.org, under the Facilities department tab. Survey results will be reviewed at a 6 p.m....
Posted On 30 Oct 2014

Voter Questions Brown’s Judgment

Editor, What’s not to like about Ketta?  Unpretentious charisma, great soccer mom, school volunteer.  Good character not in question, it’s her judgment that let us down. Ketta Brown told the Indy, “There’s so much new…coming down from federal and state government…I realize having...

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...

Candidate’s Absence of Involvement Raises Skepticism

Editor, I attended the school board candidates forum last week and came away with some real concerns. Two candidates, Ketta Brown, incumbent, and Carol Normandin were very well prepared and it was obvious that they knew their subject — the well being of our public schools...

Election Becomes a Referendum on Common Core Curriculum

Editor, After reading the Indy’s article last week on the school board candidates, I am astounded. It seems as if everyone has bought the idea that Common Core is a good idea. It isn’t. It is a program devised by the federal government (and we know how their programs turn out) to...

A Lost Opportunity in Modeling Democracy

Editor, In 1967 students at LBHS walked out of class to protest new dress rules. It was less about what kids wanted to wear than fairness. Male teachers were humiliating girls by using rulers to measure skirt lengths. Coaches were making boys choose between playing sports and...

Criticism of Curriculum Hits Home

Editor: Thanks for informing readers about debate on Common Core mandates for local school curriculum. Curriculum, school finances, personnel policy, community relations, these are the issues that matter. Still, after your article some asked why I am running for school board when...

May the Best Qualified Win

Editor: As a long time Laguna Beach resident with a daughter in Laguna Beach High School and a son in sixth grade, I have followed the school board election with interest. Our schools deserve the best people for the job. This year’s election presents a big opportunity. We...

Election Sharpens Scrutiny of School Superintendent

Editor, As a mother with children in our school district, I was looking forward to the first Coffee Break presentation by our district’s administration, but was dismayed to hear our school superintendent, Sherine Smith, give yet another boring power point presentation –...

Newcomers Join Race for School Board

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy At the 11th hour deadline, two newcomers officially became candidates for the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Directors, meeting the Orange County Registrar’s Wednesday filing deadline. Carol Normandin will join another first-time...