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News, School Board, Santa Monica, John Adams Middle School, Schools

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Welcomes New Principal, Assistant Principals

Posted Aug. 15, 2013, 8:25 am

One new principal and two new assistant principals have joined the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District following the Board of Education's nod of approval Wednesday night.

News, School Board, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation Forms Master Agreement With District

Posted Feb. 27, 2013, 10:23 am

A new Master Agreement between the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation was formally approved at last Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, putting into place a formalized set of procedures governing the relationship between the District and SMMEF, its non-profit auxiliary.

SMMUSD board member Ralph Mechur (from left), Executive Architect Rebecca Binder, SMMUSD Director of Facility Improvement Projects Stuart Sam, SMMUSD school board president Laurie Lieberman, SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyon, and SMMUSD board member Ben Allen.

News, School Board, Samohi, Development, Santa Monica

Officials Celebrate New Santa Monica High School Building Topping Out

Posted Feb. 15, 2013, 8:40 am

Although the last piece of steel was put into place last December for Santa Monica High School’s new Science and Technology Building, the school district held a topping out ceremony Monday afternoon to recognize the milestone.

Westboro Baptist Church has announced members will picket Santa Monica High School on Monday, Feb. 25.

News, School Board, Samohi, Santa Monica, Police Department

Anti-Gay Baptist Group To Picket Santa Monica High School On Monday, Feb. 25

Posted Feb. 13, 2013, 10:44 pm

Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, a controversial anti-gay group that regularly stages protests around the country as often as several times a week, has announced it will picket Santa Monica High School the day after it plans to picket the Academy Awards.

News, School Board, Santa Monica

SMMUSD Board Of Education Special Board Meeting Saturday, Feb. 9

Posted Feb. 7, 2013, 8:22 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8:30am at the District Office, which is located at 1651 16th Street, Santa Monica.

News, School Board, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica-Malibu USD Welcomes New Director Of Child Development Services

Posted Dec. 28, 2012, 6:00 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has a new Director of Child Development Services -- Dr. Alice Chung. The SMMUSD Board of Education approved Dr. Chung's appointment at its Dec. 13 meeting.

News, School Board, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation Asks For $1 A Day From Families

Posted Dec. 15, 2012, 1:07 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation has launched its annual appeal called the "Dollar A Day Campaign" where District families are asked to contribute a dollar a day ($365) for every student in their household to invest in educational excellence throughout the District.

News, School Board, Santa Monica

Laurie Lieberman Elected Santa Monica-Malibu USD School Board President

Posted Dec. 14, 2012, 7:46 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education on Thursday elected Laurie Lieberman to serve as Board President and Maria Leon-Vazquez to serve as Board Vice President.

News, School Board, Santa Monica

SMMUSD Board of Education Retreat and Closed Session This Saturday, Dec 15

Posted Dec. 12, 2012, 1:10 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will be holding a special closed session followed by a retreat with the Superintendent this Saturday, December 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the District Office: 1651 16th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404.

News, School Board, Santa Monica, Education, Schools

SMMUSD School Board Considers Master Agreement For District-Wide Fundraising

Posted Nov. 29, 2012, 12:01 am

In its first meeting since the Nov. 6 election, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education went to work on a key issue: fundraising. Board members were presented Nov. 15 with a potential Master Agreement between SMMUSD and the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) to streamline fundraising priorities of district-wide programs.

Ben Allen topped all vote getters with a tally of 17,889 votes (24.57 percent) on Tuesday.

News, School Board, Santa Monica

SMMUSD Board Of Education To 'Get Head Around Issue Of Malibu Representation'

Posted Nov. 9, 2012, 1:22 am

It was Santa Monica versus Malibu in the race for three seats on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education on Tuesday. After all ballots were counted, the Board of Education will remain the same without any Malibu representation. The slate of three incumbent Santa Monica residents retained their respective seats, edging out a slate of three Malibu residents seeking to have their city’s schools represented on the Board.

Ben Allen, www.benallen.net

News, School Board, Election, Santa Monica

SMMUSD Board Of Election To Remain Unchanged After All Incumbents Re-Elected

Posted Nov. 6, 2012, 11:13 pm

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will remain unchanged after the three incumbents -- Ben Allen, Maria Leon-Vazquez, and Jose Escarce -- were re-elected Tuesday.

Ben Allen, www.benallen.net

News, School Board, Election, Santa Monica

Last Look At Santa Monica-Malibu Board Of Education Candidates

Posted Nov. 5, 2012, 1:34 am

Six candidates – three from Santa Monica and three from Malibu – are vying for three seats on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Board of Education on Election Day this Tuesday, Nov. 6. The Santa Monica residents and all incumbents: Ben Allen, Maria-Leon Vazquez, and José Escarce.

Sarah Gorman, who took over as new Santa Monica City Clerk on Sept. 4, said she is thrilled at the level of interest that residents show for their local political system.

News, City Council, School Board, City Government, Election, Santa Monica

The Logistics Of Running Santa Monica's 2012 Election

Posted Nov. 5, 2012, 12:57 am

Just two months ago was Sarah Gorman’s first day on the job as Santa Monica City Clerk. Her arrival couldn’t have come at a busier time with the months leading up to Election Day the busiest for the small City Department.

News, City Council, School Board, Election, Santa Monica

Big Bucks Saturate Santa Monica In The Lead Up To Tuesday's Council Election

Posted Nov. 2, 2012, 1:27 am

As Santa Monica prepares to vote on Election Day this Tuesday, Nov. 6, it is interesting to note that hundreds of thousands of dollars has been poured into campaigning. The City of Santa Monica has a local individual contribution limit of $325 for City Council and Rent Control Board Candidates.

City Council, School Board, Opinion, Election, Santa Monica

The Mirror's Endorsements For City Council, School And Rent Control Boards

Posted Nov. 2, 2012, 1:20 am

When Santa Monica polling booths open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, there are three important races that will shape the City’s future: the Santa Monica City Council, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education, and the Rent Control Board.

Ben Allen, www.benallen.net

News, School Board, Election, Schools

Up Front With The Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Candidates

Posted Oct. 19, 2012, 2:01 am

The race for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board has six candidates vying for the three open seats on November 6.

A rendering of the Science and Technology Building at Santa Monica High School that is currently under construction after funds were generated from Measure BB in 2006. It is the first new building at Samohi in 40 years. Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of remaining improvement projects remain in the SMMUSD’s Facility Master Plan, which will only be carried out if Santa Monica voters support Measure ES on Nov. 6. The State of California only pays for operational costs at school districts, not facility improvement projects.

News, School Board, Election, Santa Monica, Schools

Why Measure ES Must Pass On November 6: SMMUSD Leaders Rally For Ballot Measure

Posted Oct. 19, 2012, 1:35 am

Six years ago, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) developed a Facility Master Plan that required about $1.2 billion to make improvements to all of its 16 campuses across the district.

The 15 Santa Monica City Council candidates vying for four open seats on the council on Nov. 6.

News, City Council, School Board, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Election Contributions, Loans For Candidates Published Online

Posted Oct. 12, 2012, 2:03 am

With three and a half weeks to go until the Nov. 6 election, the Santa Monica City Clerk’s office has posted the latest campaign disclosures on its website for the City Council, School Board, and Rent Control Board candidates.

News, City Council, School Board, Election, Santa Monica

Committee For Racial Justice To Host Santa Monica Candidate Forum October 14

Posted Oct. 9, 2012, 2:19 am

The Committee for Racial Justice (CRJ) is set to host the “Santa Monica School Board and City Council Candidates Town Hall” this Sunday, Oct. 14 from 6–9 p.m. at the Church in Ocean Park in Santa Monica.

News, School Board, Schools

SMMUSD Financial Oversight Committee Accepting Applications

Posted Sep. 25, 2012, 3:43 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Financial Oversight Committee (FOC) currently has four openings. The district is seeking qualified candidates who will bring a depth of business and/or financial expertise to the committee.

SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyon.

News, School Board, Santa Monica

SMMUSD Board of Education Retreat This Saturday, September 15

Posted Sep. 13, 2012, 1:15 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will be holding a retreat with Superintendent Sandra Lyon this Saturday, Sept. 15.

News, City Council, School Board, Election, Santa Monica, Schools

Community for Excellent Public Schools Makes Santa Monica Endorsements

Posted Sep. 10, 2012, 2:57 am

Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS) has announced its endorsements in Santa Monica races that will be decided by voters on November 6.

Four Santa Monica City Council seats will be decided at the Nov. 6 general election. The Mirror will host its “Hometown Forum” on Oct. 10 to help residents decide who to vote for.

News, City Council, School Board, Election, Santa Monica

The Mirror’s “Hometown Forum” To Feature 15 City Council Candidates Oct. 10

Posted Aug. 24, 2012, 1:52 am

The Santa Monica Mirror will host its “Hometown Forum,” a 90-minute question-and-answer debate with candidates for the Santa Monica City Council on Wednesday, October 10. The Santa Monica City Council race on Nov. 6 will feature 15 candidates vying for four open seats. The City Clerk’s office finalized the ballot earlier this week.

News, School Board, Samohi, Santa Monica

New House Principal Appointed To Santa Monica High School

Posted Aug. 20, 2012, 7:24 am

Santa Monica High School will welcome Stephen Franklin as its new House Principal following the SMMUSD School Board's appointment of the position at its Aug. 1 meeting.

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