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Articles written by Jack Sadler

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  • Environ Provides PCB Findings to Board

    Jack Sadler, Special to the Observer|Apr 6, 2015

    In order to provide clarity and transparency to the removal process of harmful substances from Malibu SMMUSD school sites, Environ International Corporation, which provides scientific consulting for the district, outlined SMMUSD’s progress and future plans at the March 19th board meeting. Over one year ago, community members in Malibu raised questions about the safety of Malibu High School and Juan Cabrillo Elementary School. Specifically, parents, staff and students worried about the presence of PCB’s in old building material and cau...

  • Measure BB goes over budget by 30 million.

    Jack Sadler, Special to the Observer|Mar 9, 2015

    Due to unforeseen expenses and mistakes in construction management, SMMUSD facility projects funded by Measure BB are expected to go over-budget by 31 Million dollars. During the March 5th School Board meeting, district staff shared news about the budget shortfall and offered possibilities to the board about what to do. All eight of the district’s major projects went over budget, with seven of the projects over budget by at least one million dollars. According to district staff, some of the money may be recuperated after negotiation with c...

  • Ralph Mechur Re-Appointed to School Board

    Jack Sadler, Special to the Observer|Jan 19, 2015

    After publicly interviewing nine applicants over the course of nearly three hours, the SMMUSD Board of Education voted to re-appoint architect Ralph Mechur to the school board. Mechur was chosen to fill the seat of recently elected State Senator Ben Allen. Senator Allen was forced to vacate his seat on the school board as a result of his election to the state legislature. In the same November election Senator Allen won a seat in Sacramento, Mechur lost his re-election campaign to the school board by less than 500 votes. At Thursday’s board m...

  • SMMUSD Outlines Water Sustainability Progress at Meeting

    Jack Sadler, Special to the Observer|Dec 15, 2014

    In light of a statewide drought and environmental concerns, the SMMUSD Board of Education discussed the progress of district-wide water conservation measures and outlined ideas for the future. Despite admittedly flawed data, members of the district’s Business Service staff explained the serious improvements and overhauls that have been taking place at district schools as a result of Measure BB funding. These include everything from small changes in irrigation, to large-scale innovative technology like “Green Roofs”. Stuart Sam, Director of Fa...

  • Three School Board Member's Say Goodbye, Vacancy to Be Filled

    Jack Sadler, Special to the Observer|Nov 24, 2014

    It was emotional night at the SMMUSD school board meeting Thursday, as three departing school board members said goodbye and shared memories of their tenure on the board. The exiting members, Nimish Patel, Ralph Mechur and Ben Allen were presented with plaques for their service. In attendance were Craig Foster and Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, who will be assuming responsibility of Mechur and Patel's seats. Allen's seat will be filled via an appointment process that will take place later in the...