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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...

Laguna Beach High, Thurston still set for March 17 reopening

The Laguna Beach Unified School District remains on track to reopen secondary schools to in-person classes on March 17 even though earlier this week Orange County narrowly missed a metric needed to enter the less-restrictive red tier, the superintendent said Thursday. In a statement to the region’s school district superintendents,...

Nationally-recognized poets mentor Laguna Beach High students

Laguna Beach High School students enjoyed a virtual performance Tuesday by renowned spoken word poets Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay. The duo also led a week-long workshop for English teacher Dawn Hunnicutt's Creative Writing classes, assisting students in composing their own spoken word pieces. “We did this last year during the...

LBHS Students Deliver Care Packages to the Homeless

By Justine Amodeo   The memory of a homeless woman sitting in the cold on a bench eating a hot dog in front of the Laguna Beach Public Library was one that stuck with Zoey Cutter, 16, a sophomore at Laguna Beach High School. So, when her mother suggested she and...

Laguna Beach USD to survey parents on schooling during pandemic

By Daniel Langhorne | LB Indy   The Laguna Beach Unified School District will resume distance learning on Aug. 24, following parents’ mixed reaction to a school reopening plan discussed at the school board meeting on Monday. Laguna Beach Unified’s Board of Education directed staff to survey parents on whether they would...

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School District Presents Dr. Marc Brackett On Thursday, March 12, the Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) invites the community to “LBUSD Presents: Dr. Marc Brackett” at the Laguna Beach High School Artists Theatre. The parent education event will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. Marc Brackett, Founding Director of...

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SchoolPower to Host Dinner Dance Benefiting Students SchoolPower, Laguna Beach’s Education Foundation, will host its 35th Annual Dinner Dance and auction at Montage Laguna Beach on Saturday, Feb. 8. More than 300 community members will come together with a goal to raise over $300,000 to enhance the educational experience of students...