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Schools Required to Survey Parents

A first-time, state-mandated survey of parents soliciting their input on the Laguna Beach school district’s plans and goals will arrive in inboxes on Friday, a district official said Wednesday. During Tuesday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Sherine Smith described the...

Schools Accused of Bad Hiring Practices

With residents accusing school district administrators of filling high-salaried jobs and even creating them for friends and former co-workers, it was a tense face-off at Tuesday’s Laguna Beach Unified School District board meeting. Superintendent Sherine Smith and Assistant...

Locals Support Glennwood’s Garden

Future residents, their families, supporters and volunteers from Transition Laguna all pitched in with shovels in hand to plant flowers, vegetables and trees at Laguna Beach’s Glennwood House last Saturday, June 8. The residence for young adults with developmental disabilities...

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...

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...

A Vote for Change

Editor, This is a critical moment in the educational lives of Laguna’s children. As the mother of three who attend school in Laguna Beach, I am compelled to express my concern and hope at this crucial time and urge you to consider the candidacy of Tammy Keces. As our school...

Voting for a Prospective Star

Editor, A vote for Tammy Keces is a vote for excellent school governance. I spent 12 years on school boards and thus have quite a bit of experience with school board members. I know what characteristics make a good board member. Tammy Keces has the right combination of those...

Tammy Keces, School Board Opposition Candidate

Check out the Indy’s interview with the second opposition candidate seeking election to Laguna Beach’s school board.  

School Board Candidates Reviewed

Editor, As a relatively new resident to Laguna Beach, I was curious to hear the School Board Forum held Thursday night at Top of the World Elementary School. There were the two current incumbent school board members and the two new candidates for School Board on the panel. I was...

School Board Candidates Submit to Quizzing

Candidates for Laguna Beach’s school board will present their views and answer questions at a 7 p.m. forum on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Top of the World School. Arrive by 6:45 to submit questions to the candidates, who are incumbents Bill Landiedel and Jan Vickers and challengers Dee...

Welcoming Voices in School Leadership

Editor, As a parent of students within the Laguna Beach school district, I found it troubling that the current incumbent school board members would be surprised by two challengers entering the race (“Surprise Challengers Enter School Race,” Sept. 14 edition). Jan Vickers notes...

Inspired Globally, TOW Students Acted Locally

By Tammy Keces, Special to the Independent Top of the World’s fourth- and fifth-grade Gate students dressed in ethnic clothing, learned salutations in a foreign tongue and offered ethnic edibles during their first international bazaar. The May 1 event was the culmination of...