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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...

The Talk

By D.J. Ware People often ask me what being almost 80 and climbing is really like. So far the vintage years are good, and making good decisions is essential to living a good life. I’ve learned over the years, when the bluebird of happiness drops a load on you, the decisions to...

School Candidates Split Over State Standards

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy At the only official public forum prior to the Nov. 4 election, candidates running for the Laguna Beach Unified School District board voiced a wide spectrum of positions Wednesday at Top of the World Elementary. Out of four candidates for three...

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...

Coffee Break Snaphot

New School Year Off to a Running Start Sherine Smith, the superintendent of the Laguna Beach school district, along with principals and administrators explained how staff is preparing students for the future, at the school year’s first Coffee Break, the monthly parent education...

Schools Seek Input on Next Principal

The school district began soliciting input from parents and staff about the qualities they envision in a new Laguna Beach High School principal even as recruiting for a successor is underway. The process began with the distribution of online surveys this week, which were sent to...

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...

Lesser-Known Lessons Motivate School Candidates

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Two candidates for three seats on the Laguna Beach School District board have officially announced their intentions to run for election in November. Dee Namba-Perry, who ran for the same post and lost two years ago, registered as a candidate with the...

Part-time LCAD Teachers OK Union

Part-time adjunct instructors at the Laguna College of Art and Design agreed to join the Service Employees International Union’s Local 721 in a 35-32 vote announced this week. A group of adjunct instructors, those hired on a contractual basis rather than being given tenure and a...

Schools Just Average for Computer Use

Laguna public schools are average when it comes to computer collaboration in the classroom, according to a survey of students and teachers by the school district’s new technology director. And Mike Morrison said it’s his job to change that. More students need to use computers to...

Grants Nourish Teacher Ideas

An annual teacher grant An annual teacher grant program, designed so ideas can be quickly funded and put into action, encourages Laguna Beach instructors, administrators and classified staff to submit proposals that will have a direct impact on students. “Schoolpower allows us to...

Local Hosts Trekker Walking for Charity

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent Stephen Hnilca walked through Laguna Beach on Wednesday, May 28, nearly a year since his journey began from New Port Richey, Fla., to raise money for charity. Since departing on May 25, 2013, he has covered 3,000 miles en route to his...

In Appreciation

It’s that time of the year when our graduating high school seniors anxiously await news of acceptance to the college they have their heart set on. There are also local scholarships to be awarded and panels who are diligently meeting to decide who the recipient’s will...

Taking a Lesson in New Math Standards

Many students fall off the math train when the tracks switch between algebra and geometry.  If algebra doesn’t make sense, it’s hard to make the leap, much less go on to calculus, say experts in math education who spoke at a special school district board meeting Monday about new...

Special Ed Goes Common Core

In this class, acting out is encouraged. With its emphasis on less is more, the new Common Core state-mandated academic standards still require teachers to cover certain subjects, but at a less hectic pace. The focus is depth rather than breadth of subject to engender greater...