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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

 
EXCLUSIVE: School District Superintendent Reflects with La Mirada Blog E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:18

Dr. Ruth Perez, The Superintendent of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District for the five past years, recently announced she is leaving the district to become Deputy Superintendent at the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the Nation with an enrollment of over 600,000 students.

Her first day at LAUSD will be September 15th and her last day at NLMUSD will be September 11th.

She came to NLMUSD in 2009 after a nationwide search to replace Ginger Shattuck who retired after 15 years on the job.

She served as chief academic officer at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District in North Carolina the previous three years.

In her new role she will work directly under the tutelage of LAUSD Superintendent Dr. John Deasey and will oversee area superintendents in the district and will be in charge of instruction and leadership. 

Perez spoke with me over the telephone Wednesday morning.

Decision: “I didn’t seek out this position. The opportunity came to me. It really wasn’t about the money. Financially, it’s not much difference. This is a lifetime opportunity. When in a lifetime do you get a chance to have an impact on 650,000 kids? It took me a while to decide after prayer and reflection. I truly loved every day I showed up work here (NLMUSD). This is a phenomenal district. It’s hard to leave; I have a good gig here and I love serving the two communities.”

Accomplishments: “We have a hard working, emotionally-connected, dedicated staff that has achieved a lot these last five years.  As a leader, you provide the focus and everyone else does the work. Our graduation rate has continued to climb, the dropout rate continues to decline and our English Learner Program is one of the top performing (in the State) at 84% (efficiency). I feel so good about our district.”

Future: "I am honored, and go into my new job humbly. I’m leaving a wonderful district, but look forward to new challenges. It’s all about giving to needy kids. I know from personal life experience that a solid education is the ticket to get out of poverty; to turn kids into contributors. That’s how our country works.”

 
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