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.”

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.


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