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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 –...

Budget Analyst Earns District’s Praise

Behind-the-scenes budget analyst Raymond Lee has been selected as the Laguna’s school district’s classified employee of the year. “Ray is a quiet hero in LBUSD,” said Supt. Sherine Smith, who expressed her appreciation for Lee’s contributions. “He works hard, is a team player,...

Thurston, LBHS Selected as Distinguished Schools

Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School are two of the 218 public middle and high schools that were named California Distinguished Schools for 2013, school officials reported. The schools earned the honor for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to...

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...

Community Datebook

About the Business of Schools, Sapphire Food Fare Cancelled, Decorating Gardens for the Holidays, Workshop Helps Women Define Their Legacy, Understanding Kids’ Development, HAMS Promote an Under Used Lifesaver, Helping Hearts Needed for Blood Drive and Even Politicians Go for...

Local Schools Hit the Mark with API Scores

Laguna Beach public schools showed improvement in their API test scores with an overall score of 904, as compared to last year’s score of 895. The figures were released Wedesday, Aug. 31, a week before the start of school. “We are thrilled that the district broke 900 on the API,”...

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...

Court Repairs Trapped at the Net

Local parents of tennis-playing children and tennis lovers who want to see the high school’s well-used courts repaired received a sobering lesson in bureaucracy and budget woes at the Laguna school board last week. Confusion and frustration reigned as residents tried to sort out...

Schools Scores Remain High in Ranking

Laguna Beach schools fared well in the academic rankings released last week as part of California’s annual reporting cycle of academic growth and achievement. According to the latest Academic Performance Index (API) report, which includes statewide and similar school rankings, as...

Scare Tactics Lead to Track Closure

Editor: The Laguna Beach Unified School District has closed the high school track and field to the public during school hours.  If you are angry or upset about this decision, please do two things: 1.      Show up at 6:15 p.m. sharp for the March 8 school board meeting to register...