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Diego Perez
Diego Perez

District Spotlights its Employee of the Year

El Morro Elementary maintenance worker Diego Perez, a 16-year employee of the school district, was named employee of the year.

“His skill level, attention to detail, and passion to support our schools clearly set him apart and make it easy to see why he is our classified employee of the year,” Facilities Director Jeff Dixon said in a statement.

The program highlights contributions of non-teaching staff.

El Morro Elementary School Principal Chris Duddy agreed. “It is a pleasure to work with Diego. He is well liked by staff, parents and students and well known for keeping our school facility in excellent condition.”

From an early age growing up in Cancun, Mexico, Perez was fascinated by mechanical devices, intrigued by the science of aeronautics to what drives a drill. In his role at El Morro, where he has worked since 2004, his natural curiosity and ability have served him well. Perez, who was hired by the district in 1999, holds national certification in electrical diagnostics, maintenance and construction.

He refers to El Morro as his second home.


Gordon Belyea
Gordon Belyea

Making Waves in Sacramento

Former resident Gordon Belyea and 19 other Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students stood on the steps of the state capitol this past Monday, March 9, basking in the recognition of state lawmakers.

The mechanical engineering major who graduated from Laguna Beach High in 2012 was team leader for Cal Poly’s unmanned aerial vehicle. They received kudos from state officials for their “SkyBarge.” It maneuvered through an obstacle course to earn runner-up honors among 21 college teams at an engineering design Competition in Montreal in November.


English Learners Invited to Meet

The English Learner Advisory Committee meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the school district’s offices and allows parents to meet teachers and administrators.

The committee provides advice on the district’s English learner services and allows parents to learn about upcoming school events. Agendas for upcoming meetings are posted at each school site and at the district office three days prior to the meeting.

More info: Contact Yadhira Rojas at 949 497-7700 ext. 5207 or [email protected].


Water District Offers Funds to Scholars

College-bound high school seniors who live in the South Coast Water District’s service area, which includes South Laguna, may apply for the district’s 2015 Scholarship Program. Individual scholarships are $1,000. A maximum of five will be awarded.

The application requires a 500-word essay due by May 4.

Obtain an application and info by visiting or calling 949 499-4555, ext. 3139.


Calling All Musicians Ages 6 to 12

Auditions for Pacific Symphony’s youth string and wind ensembles will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, and June 13-14.

String, wind and percussion musicians in grades 8-12 with orchestral training are invited to audition at UC Irvine, where the ensembles rehearse. A younger strings group for ages 6 to 8 is also seeking players.

The deadline to register is Friday, May 1 with an application fee of $25. For more information, visit or email [email protected]

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