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By Ron Dietel | April 22, 2010
In a March 25 Valley Sun guest column, “LCHS enrichment program explained,” La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board member Susan Boyd described the rationale and hoped-for benefits of the La Cañada High School STEP program, which shifted time within the high school day to create once-a-week, 35-minute mini-classes such as hacky sack and board games, while also providing expanded time for teachers. Unfortunately, Boyd, a longtime supporter of the STEP program, failed to mention the downsides of the STEP program, which are essential for the public to know.
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By Ron Dietel | June 8, 2011
As the Valley Sun reported last week, the LCUSD Governing Board recently voted 4-1, with Joel Peterson dissenting, to cut four complete days of school next year, replacing them with four pupil-free days for teacher professional development. The district will add a few minutes to each school day to keep the total annual minutes about the same or even a little higher, but the four days will be gone. The basic agreement was made during teacher contract negotiations, behind closed doors, with almost no input from parents or members of the community, who are paying more, yet getting less.
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By Megan O’Neil | September 10, 2009
On a 3-2 vote, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board approved Tuesday night adjustments to both the 2008-09 summary of revenue and expenditures and the $33.8 million budget for the current school year. The board members dissenting on the vote were President Joel Peterson and Cindy Wilcox. The latter said she needed more time to study the budget before sending it to the county Office of Education by the Sept. 15 deadline, while Peterson objected to the fact it does not reflect estimated projections of future staff layoffs.
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August 27, 2009
Letters to the Editor LCUSD’s STEP program’s costs should be known As a parent, I have joined with other parents in being justly proud of the educational curriculum that has benefited our children through the La Cañada schools. As an educator, I know that good educational intentions can sometimes have unintended consequences. I must admit that I knew too little about the inauguration of the LCHS STEP program this past year, but have always applauded efforts of excellent teachers to bring creativity to the classroom.
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By Megan O’Neil | October 29, 2009
Months worth of fliers, telephone calls and handshakes will culminate on Tuesday as La Cañada voters go to the polls to elect three individuals to the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board. The school board election, the first in the district in four years, has unfolded with a heightened sense of urgency as LCUSD faces a multimillion dollar budget shortfall, the result of state budget cuts to education spending. Three incumbents, including current board President Joel Peterson, Susan Boyd and Scott Tracy, and three challengers, Ernest Koeppen, Dave Wilcox and Neal Millard, are vying for three open seats.
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October 22, 2009
Less than two weeks remain until the Nov. 3 La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board election. It will be the first school board election in the City of La Cañada in four years, and comes as the district grapples with a multimillion budget shortfall, the result state cuts to education spending. Six candidates are competing for three open seats on the governing board. They include incumbents Susan Boyd, Joel Peterson and Scott Tracy, and challengers Ernest Koeppen, Neal Millard and Dave Wilcox.
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By Susan Stefun | October 23, 2008
Members of the La Cañada school board agreed Tuesday to put parcel tax proceedings on hold temporarily, until after the November elections at least, and possibly longer. “It is prudent to wait,” said board vice president Joel Peterson, in an opinion shared by his colleagues. Board consensus, supported by advisors from Sidewalk Strategies and True North Research, firms hired by the district to develop and implement a survey of the local community regarding the tax, was that the immediate economic and political climate may be too turbulent to garner an accurate response from the community regarding this issue.
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By Ron Dietel | June 8, 2011
As the Valley Sun reported last week, the LCUSD Governing Board recently voted 4-1, with Joel Peterson dissenting, to cut four complete days of school next year, replacing them with four pupil-free days for teacher professional development. The district will add a few minutes to each school day to keep the total annual minutes about the same or even a little higher, but the four days will be gone. The basic agreement was made during teacher contract negotiations, behind closed doors, with almost no input from parents or members of the community, who are paying more, yet getting less.
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By Ron Dietel | April 22, 2010
In a March 25 Valley Sun guest column, “LCHS enrichment program explained,” La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board member Susan Boyd described the rationale and hoped-for benefits of the La Cañada High School STEP program, which shifted time within the high school day to create once-a-week, 35-minute mini-classes such as hacky sack and board games, while also providing expanded time for teachers. Unfortunately, Boyd, a longtime supporter of the STEP program, failed to mention the downsides of the STEP program, which are essential for the public to know.
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