Laguna Beach Unified appoints Jeff Dixon as interim assistant superintendent of business services

At its Jan 10 meeting, the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education unanimously appointed Director of Facilities Jeff Dixon as the interim assistant superintendent of business services, effective Jan 11.

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Jeff Dixon

Dixon will serve as interim in the role previously held by Dean West, who was recently promoted to the associate superintendent of business services at the Orange County Department of Education. Dixon has served as the district’s director of facilities since 2014.

In addition to his experience in school facilities, Dixon has earned the chief business official certification by the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), the highest level of certification offered by the organization. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Sacramento State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, and school business management graduate certification from the University of Southern California. 

“I am excited to have someone with Mr. Dixon’s credentials serve in the interim position,” said Superintendent of Schools Jason Viloria. “His experience working in LBUSD and his background in school business and facilities makes him ideally suited for this position.”

The Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education will consider the appointment of a permanent assistant superintendent in the spring.

LBHS Varsity Winter Sports Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Laguna defeated Calvary Chapel in the OCL opener Wednesday, 54-43, behind 22 points from Charlie Rounaghi, 17 from Grady Morgan and 11 from Grant Potratz.

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Adam Armstrong takes a shot against Calvary - Blake Lusk looks for an offensive board

Boys Soccer

The Breakers beat Calvary Chapel, 3-1, Wednesday.

Girls Basketball

No report

Girls Soccer

LBHS earned two shutout wins this week – 1-0 over Calvary Chapel on Tuesday and 3-nil against Godinez Thursday.

Girls Water Polo

Laguna opened the prestigious Santa Barbara Tournament with a 12-5 win over San Marcos Thursday. No individual stats were available.

The Breakers have a match against Martin Luther King today at 1:30.

Coed Surf Team

Wild day for LBHS Surf at Scholastic Surf Series Event #3, including stingrays and a shark sighting

Story by coaches ALISA CAIRNS and SCOTT FINN

We had a wild and crazy day on Sunday at Huntington Beach Pier Southside at the Scholastic Surf Series Event. First up several team members had gone up north to Santa Cruz for another event, and when that got cancelled due to terrible weather, they made their way to HB to compete. We started out the day with team competition. Laguna Beach High School was up against Santa Margarita. 

As usual everyone surfed really well as a team and we took a big overall win by a large margin, 67 - 37. The waves were super fun, clean three to four-foot peaks and it stayed glassy all day with nice sunny weather and no wind.

We did have to do some scrambling with unexpected things coming up throughout the day. Firstly we were trying to find Sam Starr who was competing in Longboard and who had gone out for a quick warm up. On his way in to grab his jersey he had stepped on a stingray and was being helped by the lifeguards, as he was clearly in extreme pain. 

We then got the rest of the LB team together with Jackson Jenkins filling in to join Jameson Roller and Joseph Schenk. Our Boys and Girls Shortboard had already done outstandingly in their first heat with all of them going through to individual competition later in the day. 

Travis Booth, Liam McCue, Jett North, Noah North, Jake Levine and Jackson Jenkins along with Claire Kelly, Destiny Thompson who also did Longboard and Kayla Coscino filling in nicely for an injured Maya Takabayshi (wishing her a speedy recovery) all were standouts throughout the day. 

Meanwhile a few girls in later heats from J Serra were also being treated for stingrays and the lifeguards said they had treated 20 people the day before.

Next up was the Bodyboard Final and Travis Booth jumped on board and performed great, finishing in third overall. From there Travis won another shortboard quarterfinal heat, advancing to the final with his win, along with Liam McCue taking a win and Jake Levine still going strong in second. 

In quarterfinal number three, brothers Noah North and Jett North were completely ripping their heat apart. As it was coming to an end an announcement was suddenly made that the event was being called off for the day as there had been a shark sighting (a shark eight – ten feet in size) and the lifeguards were closing the beaches immediately for the next 24 hours.

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A lifeguard treats Noah North’s right foot after he stepped on a stingray

As Noah made his way in from the heat, he too stepped on a stingray and was in complete agony. The lifeguards worked on him for a number of hours and he finally was on his way home with his parents thinking he was good to go. However he ended up needing a trip to Hoag hospital for X-rays, antibiotics and pain medicine before turning the corner.

The event will now conclude during the next Scholastic Surf Series event on Jan 22 at San Clemente Pier.

LBHS Varsity Winter Sports Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Boys Soccer

Laguna scored five second half goals to beat Saddleback Valley Christian, 7-1, Friday. 

Girls Basketball

Laguna lost to University, 3-1, on Tuesday and tied Ocean View 2-2 Thursday.

Girls Water Polo

Coed Surf Team

Dawson Cole Fine Art held successful special event and toy drive benefiting the Boys & Girls Club

During the month of December, Laguna Beach’s Dawson Cole Fine Art shared their philanthropic spirit and holiday cheer by hosting a special event benefiting the local Boys & Girls Club. 

On Dec 12, Rich and Ariane MacDonald welcomed guests at their gallery to join a festive evening with small bites and delicious desserts from Broadway Restaurant, followed by a special performance from dancers at the Festive Ballet Theater, who performed vignettes from the Nutcracker and offered a photo opportunity with guests. 

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Festive Ballet Theater dancers: Top row L-R: Gavin Pike, Olivia Harrigan, Eila Neuroth, Ariane MacDonald, Tamara Alfaro, Salwa Rizkalla, Rich MacDonald, Sage Bolar, Mina Shaffer

Bottom row L - R: Lily Turner, Silvi Lybbert, Moorea Pike

The gallery also offered an opportunity drawing where guest could win a one-night stay at the Ritz Carlton of Laguna Niguel, a gift bag by Dr. Obagi, tickets to see the Nutcracker at the Irvine Barclay Theater, or dinner for two at Chef Amar Santana’s Table, among other gifts. Sales from the opportunity drawing benefited the programs offered to kids attending the Boys & Girls Club. 

Prior to the event, Dawson Cole Fine Art asked attending guests to help support the Club by providing an unwrapped toy or new article of clothing for a boy or girl to help families who were in need of a helping hand this past Christmas. The Club was amazed how many toys were donated to them from the special event. 

“We are very grateful for the all the support and tremendous commitment Dawson Cole Fine Art have provided to our Club during the month of December and year-round,” said CEO Pam Estes of the LB Boys & Girls Club. 

She added, “The wonderful toys that were donated from our heart-warming Laguna Beach locals and surrounding areas bought so much joy to children of families who were in need of help during this holiday. We’d like to especially thank Rich and Ariane Macdonald for putting on this joyous event and making a positive impact on our youth who are our future!”


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