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Urquidi Takes Over as School Board President E-mail
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Thursday, 01 January 2015 17:02

Norwalk~The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education conducted its annual reorganization meeting this month, selecting Jesse Urquidi as President and Karen Morrison as Vice President.

The District, its teachers and community members and local elected officials also commemorated the yearlong service of Margarita Rios as president in 2014.

“This past year has been a challenging, but exciting year,” Rios said.  “The Common Core State Standards were introduced, a new district funding formula (LCFF) was implemented, and the school board adopted the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan. The school board also began the search process for a new superintendent, and placed a successful school bond measure before the voters.  I am grateful for the numerous leadership opportunities 2014 presented to me as board president and look forward to continuing my service to our school community.”

The District, staff, teachers and local elected officials, including State Sen. Tony Mendoza and the office of Assemblyman Ian Calderon provided Rios with commendations for her service.

Newly appointed President Urquidi, who served as Vice President this year, pledged his commitment to continuing the District’s path to success and high student achievement.

“There’s lots of change in education with the introduction of the Common Core State Standards and the Local Control Funding Formula, as well as our own Local Control and Accountability Plan,” Urquidi said. “These are positive changes that will help our District remain on a continuum of success.”

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Measure G Barely Passes E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:46

Norwalk~Needing 55 percent of the vote to pass, Measure G was approved by voters with unofficially, 56.33 percent of the tally.

Totals indicate 7,043 people (56.33%) voted yes on the measure and 5,461 (43.67%) voted no according to the County of Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder office.

 
Dulles Elementary Staff Recognized for Rescuing Choking Second-Grader E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 November 2014 19:20

La Mirada~The quick-thinking staff members at Dulles Elementary, including one teacher’s aide who performed the Heimlich maneuver, are being hailed for rescuing a second-grade boy who began choking while eating his lunch in the school cafeteria this month.

“I’m extremely proud of their quick and calm response to this life-threatening situation,” said Dulles Elementary School Principal Robin Padget. “I’ve always known of their dedication to students, but this serves as a wonderful example of how they will go above and beyond to ensure that our children are safe.”

On Oct. 2, Kevin Sandoval was eating his lunch when he began choking and hit his hands on the table. Caryn Cerda, a teacher’s assistant who works with the school’s special education students, including Kevin, noticed that Kevin was turning red. She and fellow teacher’s assistant Jimmy Perez immediately responded, with Perez calmly performing the Heimlich maneuver multiple times until the food was dislodged from his throat. The two staff members were assisted by custodian Juan Lara.

“I am very glad that Mr. Jimmy was there next to my son because he saved my son’s life,” said Kevin’s mother, Lucy Sandoval, adding that Kevin is a happy and outgoing kid who loves to ride his bike and give lots of hugs. “I love my son so much and I don’t even want to think about what might have happened if Mr. Jimmy wasn’t there.”

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Norwalk-La Mirada Voters to Decide Whether or Not to Fund Schools, Again. E-mail
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Monday, 03 November 2014 17:44

Norwalk~Tomorrow, voters in Norwalk and La Mirada will decide if they again want to subsidize the school system and approve a bond on the November 4th ballot.

The Board of Education of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District has placed a $375 million dollar bond on the ballot they say is needed to modernize the schools-just 12 years after they asked for $165 million in 2002.

Opponents say:

-We are still paying for Measure S in 2002 and residents will essentially be “double-taxed” for the next 23 years.

-Measure G upgrades and proposals were supposed to be accomplished in 2002 with Measure S bond.

-La Mirada residents paid for the construction of La Mirada Stadium why should they pay for two proposed stadiums at Norwalk and John Glenn High for $100 million?

-There is insufficient room at Norwalk and Glenn campuses for new stadiums.

-Measure G is a “blank check” with the allocation of the bond proceeds possibly altered in the future by State actions and other variables.

-Of the $375 million asked for, only $160 million is for urgent infrastructure needs-the rest are “feel-good” wish list projects.

https://www.facebook.com/VoteNoOnMeasureG

Proponents say:

-The bond will pay for the repair of deteriorating classrooms, fix leaky roofs and bathrooms and remove asbestos paint.

-Will pay for the upgrade of science and computer labs and physical education facilities.

-Will fund improvements to campus security including fencing, fire proofing, smoke alarms, and communications systems.

-Includes tough accountability provisions and safeguards, every penny is required by law to be spent locally.

-Will provide air-conditioning in all adequate spaces on campuses.

-Will provide instructional technology and wiring projects at every school.

www.facebook.com/NorwalkLaMiradaVoteYesonG.

If Measure G passes, homeowners will pay $60 per $100,000 assessed value on their homes per year for the next 52 years. The assessed value is usually 50% or lower of the market value.

Polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.


 
Norwalk-La Mirada Schools to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week E-mail
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Sunday, 26 October 2014 16:37

The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified schools will hold a series of activities October 27th-31st to celebrate Red Ribbon Week’s anti-drug message.

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Corvallis Middle School students will write positive statements about themselves or another person and place the notes on a banner to share them and at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, a SWAT team will visit Gardenhill Elementary in La Mirada.

The La Mirada High School band, color guard and cheer team will perform Wednesday at Benton Middle School in La Mirada, followed by a presentation by La Mirada Public Safety Education Officer Mary Cipres. On Thursday, Oct. 30, the Norwalk High School band will perform during lunch at Los Alisos Middle School in Norwalk. M

 
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