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Laguna Beach USD school bus yard eyed for potential housing site

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education and City Council discussed adding the school bus yard as a possible site for new housing at a joint meeting on July 15. “As everyone's aware here, we're very landlocked here in Laguna Beach,”...

Laguna Beach High School Class of 2021 Scholarship Awards

Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation presented scholarships to 99 graduating students on May 21. The funds awarded total $355,125. A. H. Robertson Memorial Scholarship - $500 Liela Andringa   AAUW, Laguna Beach Branch Scholarship - $2,000 Sophia Ravenna Audrey Sutton   Allen Bell Memorial Scholarship Fund - $1,000 Ryan Kawashiri Miles Riehle   American Legion Post 222 Citizenship Award...

Laguna Beach USD tables schedule change for 1 Year

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School are nixing the controversial “4 by 4” schedule change, for now. The schools will adopt a modified schedule for the next academic year, district officials said. Similar to the initial 2019-20  academic year schedule, students will...

Laguna Beach High School seniors to join Main Beach parade on June 9

Families and friends of Laguna Beach High School’s Class of 2021 are invited to cheer for graduating students as they wear their caps and gowns for a procession down Ocean Avenue from City Hall to Main Beach at 3 p.m. on June 9. After the procession, meet at the...

Laguna Beach USD board considers letter directing staffers to deflect board member inquiries

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education recently discussed sending a letter reminding district employees that district policy bars them from communicating with individual board members. At its May 27 meeting, the Board voted to table the conversation until July. Approved in 2012,...

Parents and students rally for Laguna Beach USD to nix proposed schedule change

More than 60 Laguna Beach parents and students waived colorful signs and chanted at Park Avenue and Legion Street on Friday to protest a proposed academic schedule for the Laguna Beach Unified School District. Many of the protestors were frustrated with the so-called “4 by 4” model that would enroll...

Laguna Beach USD consultant shares roadmap to confront institutional racism

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District, in partnership with a consulting firm, has taken the first steps to analyze and highlight areas of improvement following the school board’s commitment to addressing institutional racism. Education Elements, a company based in San Carlos, Calif., was contracted...

Laguna Beach USD OKs $2.8 million to refresh Thurston classrooms, athletic field

Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent Thurston Middle School is slated to get modernized classrooms and a refreshed sports field, following the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education approval of two bids totaling about $2.8 million. With phase one of the project on schedule to be completed in June,...

Laguna Beach USD taps another insider for third assistant superintendent job

Chad Mabery was named assistant superintendent of instructional services on March 11. Mabery has served as director of assessment and accountability in LBUSD since 2018. His new position is part of Supt. Jason Viloria’s decision to return to a three-assistant superintendent model following the departure of former deputy superintendent Leisa...

After a year of COVID-19, Laguna Beach USD on track to reopen secondary schools on March 17

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent Supt. Jason Viloria reaffirmed Thursday that the Laguna Beach Unified School District's middle and high schools are on track to reopen on Wednesday. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the district’s schools closed on March 16, 2020. Laguna Beach High School and Thurston...