La Cañada’s school board and administrators have certainly been in the spotlight, or is it the hot seat, for the past few months. We’ve been asked to decide who to elect to the board. We’ve learned that one sitting board member lives out of town and we’ve watched as another board member has taken up the baton for more reluctant parents, filing a formal complaint against a high school teacher for alleged egregious behavior. Parents of teens who benefit from courses taken at Hillside Learning Center braced to see if the district would stop accepting credits from that school (as of Tuesday night’s school board meeting, it looks like their concerns can be allayed, at least for the time being) and there have been rumblings that another parcel tax proposal could be in the offing.
All the school-related conversation has certainly been interesting — and yes, some of it downright dispiriting. But there are other things happening in town that are unrelated to the schools. One of the most important of those matters is decidedly unsexy, but nonetheless important to our future: the updating of the city’s general plan.