Voters Will be Asked to Fund New School Bond Proposed by NLMUSD E-mail
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Sunday, 27 July 2014 13:17

Norwalk~Voters in La Mirada and Norwalk will have a chance on November 4th to decide the fate of a $375 million bond that will upgrade all district schools, after the Norwalk-La Mirada board approved  the issue by a 6-0 vote this past Monday.

Member Ana Valencia was absent reportedly due to illness.

The measure, which would need a 55 percent voter approval rate, calls for the repair of “classrooms, leaky roofs, school security upgrading, fencing, fire safety, science, math and computer lab technology, and physical education and athletic facilities and also calls for the removal of asbestos and the repair of educational facilities to improve education at every school.”

In addition, the ballot measure, which – if passed by voters – will go toward building a “new performing arts center, infrastructure to support technology, performing various renovations and modernizations to all district sites and providing electronic devices for all classrooms.”

Proposals for new football stadiums at Norwalk and Glenn High ($44 million each) are included, along with $9 million earmarked for Goodman Stadium improvements at La Mirada High.

“The District has been diligent in asking for and receiving input regarding this prospective bond measure, and what our stakeholders expect from it,” said NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Ruth Pérez.

“All funds are earmarked for classroom and school improvements as we continue with our mission to ensure Norwalk-La Mirada students are accomplished 21st century learners and are successful in college and their prospective careers.”

La Mirada High's Brooks Will Not Return as Coach E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:22

Norwalk~Kim Brooks, the embattled head coach of La Mirada High baseball will not return as coach or athletic director, the La Mirada Blog has learned.

Brooks was recorded by a person, believed to be a student but never confirmed, on April 26th as he conducted a profanity-laced tirade at his team.

The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District released a statement this morning indicating the investigation of the incident was complete and appropriate personnel action would be taken.

The district's statement fell short however of what that action would be, citing California privacy laws.

The La Mirada Blog learned a short time later that Brooks will not return.

It is unclear at this time if Brooks will continue as a teacher at the school.

NLMUSD Board to Vote on Facilities Bond for November Ballot E-mail
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Sunday, 20 July 2014 17:03

Norwalk~The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education is scheduled to vote on whether to place a bond measure on the November ballot that, if passed, will provide $375 million for classroom repairs and improved instructional facilities.

The District says it surveyed more than 500 likely voters in the NLMUSD area and found that 64 percent would support a bond measure in the November 2014 election.  A bond measure would need 55 percent approval to pass. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m.

072314 13:12 UPDATE: The NLMUSD Board of Education on Monday voted 6-0 to place the bond issue on the Nov. 4 election. Board member Ana Valencia was absent.

NLMUSD NEWS: Top Students, Valedictorians to be Honored at Board Meeting E-mail
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Sunday, 08 June 2014 19:04

Norwalk~The top students from each of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s high schools and adult school will be recognized before the Board of Education meeting on Monday, June 9 at the District Office beginning at 5 p.m.

The valedictorians for Norwalk, John Glenn and La Mirada high schools, Southeast Academy and Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Adult School will also be announced.

Brooks Returns to Classroom; No Word Yet If He Will Return as Coach E-mail
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Thursday, 05 June 2014 15:41

La Mirada~Long time baseball coach Kim Brooks returned to his La Mirada High classroom today pending a further internal investigation into an incident involving him recently, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Wayne Shannon told the La Mirada Blog.

Brooks was placed on administrative leave by the district over two weeks ago when a recording of a profanity-laced tirade directed at his players surfaced.

Shannon told the La Mirada Blog the district "anticipates completing its investigation by the end of next week."

Shannon said, “They have received preliminary findings that indicate it is appropriate to return Mr. Brooks to the classroom at this time.  As such, Mr. Brooks has been taken off paid leave and returned to his teaching assignment.”

Shannon said because the investigation is ongoing, the district cannot comment further at this time.

La Mirada Blog fan Angela Umeres (@angieumerus), one of his students tweeted, "Class felt so great with him back."

At this time, it is still pending if Brooks will be reinstated as head baseball coach or as the Athletic Director for the school.

La Mirada lost 8-0 to Aliso Niguel in the CIF-SS Division 2 Semifinal this past Tuesday with Jim Zurn coaching the team.

copyright La Mirada Blog 2014 | This story first appeared on our Tumblr feed earlier this morning here.


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