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By Ralph Saenz | August 24, 2006
La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Jim Stratton reported to the Board of Governors at Tuesday night's meeting that District enrollment for 2006-2007 is about what staff had predicted it would be. He said that current enrollment (as of Tuesday) was at 4,158 and that eight student requests for enrollment were pending, bringing the total enrollment to a possible 4,166 for the high school, 7/8 school and three elementary schools. "We are 87 students down from the same time last year.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | November 18, 2010
Concerns about the constitutionality of the La Cañada Unified School District's search-and-seizure practices caused district board members this week to set about bringing those policies in line with state and federal requirements. And additional concerns about the way proposed policy changes were written have sent district officials back to their word processors to do a better job of crafting them. Worries about the policy's constitutionality were precipitated last year after the district sent drug-sniffing dogs onto La Cañada High's campus unannounced.
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July 7, 2005
To the children and young adults who have been told you need a prescription drug to handle a behavior problem ?and to their parents: Certainly parents want to do the best for their children, so when a professional advises, we listen. I am challenging today that we are not always getting the best advice. "I want a second opinion" has not gone out-of-date. Let's use it. Start with asking, "A chemical imbalance? Can I see the lab test showing this? You know, blood test, saliva, anything?"
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | January 12, 2011
Despite the desire of one of its members to bring the teacher-evaluation process out into the open, the La Cañada school board discussed its ability to access and audit teacher files in a closed session Tuesday. A request to schedule a discussion on the evaluation process was made by district board member Cindy Wilcox on Dec. 7. Wilcox was unhappy the matter was considered behind closed doors. "We talk way too much in closed session, in my opinion," Wilcox said. "When we talk about the process of something, it should be in open session.
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By Elaine La Marr | September 21, 2006
La Cañada Flintridge residents seeking to build and/or add square footage to their homes, and commercial/industrial developers in the city will be paying an increase in fees per square foot as the result of a unanimous vote by the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board at last week's meeting. Currently, fees for residential construction are $1.50 per square foot and 25 cents for commercial/industrial construction. Following the adoption of Resolution 5-06-07, fees will be raised to the maximum allowed by the State of California to $2.63 per square foot for residential and 42 cents for commercial/industrial development.
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By Elaine La Marr | March 2, 2006
While the La Cañada Unified School District is expected to remain solvent for the next two years, a $1.4 million deficit has cropped up in the district's second interim budget for 2005-2006. At Tuesday night's regularly scheduled meeting in the new board room on Cornishon Avenue, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board received and approved its 2005-06 second interim budget report. The budget, which reflects actual budget activity from July 1, 2005 through Jan. 31, 2006 and anticipated estimates and projections through June 2006, showed that the District has a deficit between revenue and expenses of $1.4 million in the budget, a total of $40,000 greater than reported in the first interim report.
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December 11, 2008
Letters to the Editor Sanitation districts’ report informative After hearing the scare tactics voiced by representatives of the county water quality people during the sewer information workshops, my wife did some investigation into the issue and uncovered a disturbing document prepared by the county sanitation districts regarding the effectiveness of forced main sewering (aka the “gravity option” for district...
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By Joe Puglia | October 19, 2011
You're not going to believe what I've been going through these past weeks. Have a seat, grab a cup of coffee and give me some love. My wife asked me not to mention her name in this column, so I promised that I wouldn't. But her request raises this question: Since she's a major player in this story, how do I proceed without implicating her? I know! I'll refer to her as “Beatrice.” I never break a promise. So, Beatrice issues an edict that we need a new barbecue. My view: Just because our current barbecue is infested with cobwebs, is rusty, and has a gas leak is no reason to purchase another.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 29, 2011
A group of La Cañada Unified parents spent Sunday evening in Memorial Park asking Music in the Park concert attendees to sign a petition asking the school board to rescind its decision to eliminate four days of school next year. The move to increase the district teacher’s pupil-free days from three to seven for 2011-12 came out of the district’s contract negotiations with the La Cañada Teachers Association in February. A handful of minutes were added on to each school day to account for the missed days.
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By Ruth Longoria | July 16, 2009
Incumbents in the Nov. 3 La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board election may be easy shoo-ins if no new candidates declare their candidacy in coming weeks. If uncontested, as is currently the case, there will be no need for an election. The deadline to file for candidacy is Aug. 7 at the Los Angeles County registrar’s office, 12400 Imperial Highway, in Norwalk. Potential candidate Neal Millard announced this week he’s dropping his bid for one of the three open seats on the five-member board.
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