Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Two from school district recognized as Administrators of the Year

On Tuesday (March 5), the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 17, which covers all school districts in Orange County, announced its 2024 Administrators of the Year including two Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) administrators. Victoria Webber, executive assistant to the superintendent and board, was named the Classified Leader of the Year and El Morro Elementary School Principal Julie Hatchel, Ed.D., was named the Elementary Principal of the Year.

ACSA is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the nation.

“We are incredibly proud to see two of our LBUSD administrators honored by ACSA Region 17. Victoria and Julie represent the best of what LBUSD stands for. Their dedication to our students and staff and commitment to innovative leadership has rightfully earned them the recognition of Classified Leader of the Year and Elementary Principal of the Year, respectively,” said LBUSD Superintendent Jason Viloria, Ed.D. “These awards are a testament not only to their exceptional contributions but also to the culture of excellence that defines LBUSD,” he concluded.

Dr. Hatchel brings more than 30 years of experience in public education to LBUSD with an extensive background that includes teaching at elementary, middle and high school levels, and serving in site and district administration roles for more than 20 years, with a particular passion for serving as a principal.

“I have appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with ACSA in advocating for our students across the state. It has been a blessing to work with so many amazing people throughout my administrative career who are part of this recognition,” said Dr. Hatchel. “I am extremely grateful for my LBUSD and El Morro team, who have brought so much support and joy to the work that we are privileged to do for our kids.”

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LBUSD Superintendent Jason Viloria, Ed.D., congratulates El Morro Elementary School Principal Julie Hatchel, Ed.D. after surprising Dr. Hatchel with the award in front of her front office staff and parent members of the PTA

With more than 25 years of service in public education, Webber plays a crucial role in bridging communication among the governance team and ensuring organizational efficiency to facilitate effective school district governance.

LBUSD Board of Education President Jan Vickers added, “Victoria is a leader within LBUSD. While her official title is Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, that barely scratches the surface of her contributions to our team of five school board members. From agenda preparation and minute-taking to planning and scheduling meetings around multiple calendars, the tasks she manages are both critical and time-consuming. Beyond these responsibilities, Victoria adeptly supports the superintendent and his leadership team with thoroughness and efficiency.

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(L-R) Director of Social and Emotional Support Michael Keller, Ed.D.; Asst. Superintendent of Human Resources Michael Conlon; LBHS Principal Jason Allemann, Ed.D.; El Morro Elementary Principal Julie Hatchel, Ed.D.; Superintendent Jason Viloria, Ed.D.; Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board Victoria Webber and LBHS Asst. Principal Dale Miller

Candidates for the award are nominated by their peers and are selected for their outstanding performance and achievement in their respective categories.

ACSA Region 17 will recognize all award recipients at the Administrator of the Year Celebration of Excellence Dinner at the Irvine Marriott on May 13.

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If it’s Tuesday, it must be council…or so it seems. On the March 12 agenda, here’s what’s on tap: the Closed Session begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Regular Meeting at 5 p.m.

On Consent is the Adoption of a Zoning Ordinance relating to SB 9; the Adoption of an Ordinance adding notice and reporting requirements for tenant evictions for residential properties to the Laguna Beach Municipal Code; the authorization of the purchase of three new police vehicles; and a Receive and File for a 2023 Housing Element Annual Progress Report.

Under Regular Business is the introduction of an ordinance amending or “cleaning up” certain items pertaining to revisions for City Council meetings; a receive and file ambulance program annual report; the appointment of two councilmembers to an ad hoc committee to assist in grant applications and perhaps the item garnering the most discussion will be a discussion on community pool alternatives.

Finally, under Public Hearings is a Design Review appeal of a coastal development permit at 31451 Coast Highway.

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In what will be a regular feature of Fair Game will be our ongoing weekly conversation with Laguna Beach Mayor Sue Kempf about items of interest taking place in the city.

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The sold-out California Cool Art Auction is in the books following last Saturday’s event. The good news is that the live auction fundraising goal for the purchasing of artworks was surpassed as Laguna Art Museum raised more than $450,000, with $106,300 of that going directly to benefit school tours.

In spite of all of the success, you may continue to further support the effort by purchasing a limited selection of unsold lots at minimum bid prices with a no buyers’ premium by going here, or by calling Development Manager Crystal Tosello at 949.494.8971, ext. 215.

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Get ready for those late sunsets and seemingly longer days! This weekend is Daylight Savings Time. And, as I was taught when I was young, spring forward – fall back.

That means, when you go to bed Saturday night, clocks that aren’t automatically updated by technology should be turned forward one hour.

Perhaps on Sunday, you’ll want to get that BBQ cleaned up and get the grill going again as we head into summer.

Enjoy!


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