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In Defense of Superintendent’s Hires

Editor, Regarding Howard Hills’ article calling for the immediate resignation of Superintendent Sherine Smith (“School Board Must Clean House Now,” July 12 edition). I suspect that such an action would throw the school district into chaos. Having lost so many people from...

Speaker’s Corner: School board Too ‘Exciting’

By Howard Hills   School board meetings should be about policies and practices balancing our fiscal realities and educational aspirations.  We all appreciate it when the school board also takes time at its meetings to recognize teachers, students, families and the community...

Schools Receive Club’s Partner Award

The Boys & Girls Club named Laguna’s school district an outstanding partner at an event last week. “The openness, innovation, and mission-driven dedication of the people who make up the Laguna Beach Unified School District is what makes our partnership so special,” Executive...

Dissatisfied With School Leaders

Editor, I applaud the school board for not wasting more staff time, energy and resources defending its indefensible unilateral decision to end summer early. If not rescinded, that policy – falsely touted as a truancy prevention measure –  would have triggered a...

Local Currents: Positive Movement

“It appears there is a progression of introversion [among the Laguna Beach School Board.] The families and students come first. They are your clients. The union is not your client. You should be transparent, but have shown to be insular.” –Rick Putnam to the Laguna...

Teens Get a Place of Their Own

A new teen center for high-schoolers-only is being planned by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and the Boys and Girls Club but some parents feel teens have been left out in the cold. The impetus for the new center stems from the growing number of 13- to 18-year-olds joining activities...

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...

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...

Missing Use of a Community Asset

Editor, It’s been a couple of years since the high school all-weather track (which we all paid for) was closed to the public during the hours it was most useful. On New Year’s Day, no less. Now, people who want a flat, hazard-free, safe place to exercise have no...

No Excuse for Inaccessible Information

Editor: Our Laguna Beach School noard members and Superintendent Sherine Smith state that parents should attend school board meetings if they want to get up to speed. Unfortunately, these meetings are held at 6 p.m., which is probably the most difficult hour to attend, as parents...

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...

Local Currents: Brown (Act) vs Board of Education

“A law to prohibit secret meetings of official bodies, save under the most exceptional circumstances, should not be necessary. Public officers above all other persons should be imbued with the truth that their business is the public’s business and they should be the last to...

Board Fails to Hear its Constituents

Editor: The Laguna Beach school board has now decided for us parents, and our children, that the students of Laguna Beach would be better served by starting school in August and having a full week off at Thanksgiving, just like they mistakenly assumed that parents and students...

Ex-Candidate Ends Campaign With Gratitude

Editor: To all my passionate supporters: I am grateful to the people in our community who were open to the dialogue created by this election process and I greatly appreciated your support and encouragement over the past few months. Many people not only became interested in this...

Disregard the Incumbents

Editor:   What Bill Landsiedel fails to recognize is that this current school administration has repeatedly dismissed or disregarded any and all positive and great ideas of the parents in the Laguna Beach school district. Quite frankly, parents and students are fed up with...