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School Board Wrap-up

November 07, 2008

Joint meeting held

The Laguna Beach City Council and School Board met jointly Oct. 28 to discuss matters of common concern.

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Traffic issues discussed

Supt. Robert Fraisse said traffic is a key issue in the schools, and City Manager Ken Frank agreed, noting that particular problems exist at Top of the World Elementary and Thurston middle schools.

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Traffic jams are common when parents drop off or pick up their children, and a group called the Dad’s Strike Team has been formed to monitor traffic.

Additional help is needed from the city during back-to-school events, emergencies and on graduation days, school officials said.

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State park near school

Fraisse updated the council on the Crystal Cove State Park project near El Morro Elementary School, reporting that a meeting had been held that day at the school to inform parents about the project, which has generated some concern over a joint entry for the school and park campground area.

A committee has been appointed to oversee issues involving the park project, which is expected to break ground in the next year.

Board member Jan Vickers, who sits on the committee, noted that campfires will not be permitted during school hours, and that the committee is working to reconfigure traffic patterns.

Councilwoman Toni Iseman suggested that funds could be obtained to convert the district’s school busses from diesel fuel, but Assistant Principal of Business Services Norma Shelton responded that the busses are all “green” and no longer use diesel.

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Artists Theater use

Board member Theresa O’Hare reported that progress has been made on the issue of public use of the Artists Theater at Laguna Beach High School, which has been a source of conflict for the community and school district.

Shelton noted that a calendar has been put in place on the school’s website showing the usage, and that the theater was able to accommodate all those who requested its use for the current year due to new protocols that have been put in place.

“Cadance [Laguna Dance Festival] is OK for next year, and we will see if we can accommodate them in the future,” Shelton said.

Fraisse added that, although the theater can now be booked up to a year in advance, some groups need to reserve it a year and a half in advance, so exceptions have been granted.

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Pool improvements

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