Jenkins mentioned that she appreciated Smith's style. Smith came into the position without an ego or wanting to stamp her name on district issues and helped move important goals forward, she said.
Former high school principal praised
Although LBHS Principal Don Austin, who recently resigned, couldn't make it to the meeting, Smith made a point to congratulate his work for the high school.
"He took the high school to new heights academically, athletically and with activities," he said. "We wish him well with Huntington Beach Union High School District."
Smith said the board gave Austin a plaque and held a small "send-off" event with other staff on Monday night.
Board Clerk Betsy Jenkins mentioned the art that Austin brought to the school, adding multiple murals to the school's facades.
Looking forward to Culverhouse
Board members, Smith and visitor Bruce Hopping all gave acknowledgement to newly promoted Thurston Principal Joanne Culverhouse.
Culverhouse is replacing Austin as Laguna Beach High School principal.
Smith said that Culverhouse "was energizing to talk to."