By Jacob Wilson/Garden Grove Journal
Clegg Elementary in Westminster is in line to be a California Distinguished School. The program honors “the state’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools,” according to Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction.
Clegg is in the running in part because it improved its school-wide Academic Performance Index to a remarkable 888 points. California Department of Education representatives visited the school Tuesday as part of the selection process. Winners will be announced in April.
That’s not all. A student, a teacher, two school employees and a team of bus drivers were honored during the Westminster School District Board of Trustees meeting March 8.
First, the student: Kyle Serrano, a seventh grader at Stacey Middle School, won the district’s annual bookmark contest for the second straight year. This year’s theme was “One World, Many Stories.”
“Kyle is a great model for our district with the beautiful artwork he creates for us,” said Sergio Contreras, board of trustees president.
Kyle was presented with a framed picture and an oversized bookmark at the March 8 board meeting. Regular-sized bookmarks with his design were handed out to the trustees and the public.
Next, the teacher: Wendy Osborn of Anderson Elementary is the WSD Teacher of the Year for 2012. She and the other school honorees will be recognized at the May 17 board of trustees meeting. Osborn will also be in the running for Orange County Teacher of the Year.
District classified employees of the year Karen Hulbert and Dave McGovern are also up for county-wide awards. Hulbert works in nutrition services as the lead food service worker at DeMille Elementary and at Finley Elementary as a food service worker. McGovern is the senior custodian at Schroeder Elementary and has worked for the district for 30 years.
Finally, WSD bus drivers Luanne Duus, Sheri Carroll and Yvette Robledo took fourth place at the Orange County School Bus Safety Roadeo. The 79-team competition was held at the Great Park in Irvine on March 3rd. Duus also won fourth place in an individual contest.
The board of trustees will meet on the third Thursday of the month for the next three months. Meetings are scheduled for April 19, May 17 and June 21.
All regular meetings are held at the district office at 14121 Cedarwood St. and begin at 7 p.m.