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The Governing Board is elected by the community to provide leadership and citizen oversight of the district's schools.

Mr. Scott Tracy
Mr. Scott Tracy


Mrs. Virginia Dalbeck
Vice President
Mrs. Virginia Dalbeck

Susan Boyd

Cindy Wilcox
Cindy Wilcox

Mr. Joel Peterson

Mr. James Stratton
Mr. James Stratton

Resolutions on Political Issues Impacting Public Education

Board Policies and Administrative Regulations

To access La Caņada Unified's Board Policies and Administrative Regulations online, go to Gamut Online. The user name is public and the password is lcusd.

Board Workshops

The Governing Board is conducting a series of workshops this year to study particular aspects of the educational program. As part of its effort to increase communication, the Board encourages community members to attend and participate in the discussion.

The upcoming workshops and topics are as follows:

Topic Date Time Docs.
Special Meeting - Board Bylaw Review June 19, 2007 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  
Special Education Workshop June 26, 2007 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  
Assessment Workshop/Special Meeting – Board Bylaw Review July 10, 2006 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

All workshops are located in the round building at 4490 Cornishon Avenue in La Canada.


2006-2007 Board Meeting Schedule and Resources

Meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the District office round building at 4490 Cornishon Ave unless otherwise posted. Please check below for specific dates.  You will need Acrobat Reader (it's free) to view the agenda and minutes, the actions are in html format.

Audio recordings of certain board meetings are also provided and will remain available for approximately 30 days after the meeting. The audio files are encoded as mp3 files. Click on the audio file link to automatically play the audio file.

Meetings   Resources
July 11, 2006  
August 8, 2006  
August 22, 2006  
August 29, 2006 Special Meeting    
September 7, 2006 Special Meeting    
September 12, 2006  
September 19, 2006 Special Meeting    
September 26, 2006 Special Meeting    

October 2, 2006 Special Meeting

October 3, 2006  
October 24, 2006  
October 30, 2006 Special Meeting    
November 14, 2006


December 5, 2006 Organizational Meeting


December 6, 2006 Special Meeting    
January 16, 2007  
January 30, 2007 Special Meeting    
February 6, 2007


February 15, 2007 Special Meeting    
February 27, 2007  
March 6, 2007 Special Meeting    
March 20, 2007  
April 18, 2007 note this is a Wednesday
May 8, 2007
May 16, 2007 Special Meeting    
May 22, 2007 Special Meeeting    
June 5, 2007  
June, 19, 2007 Special Meeting    
June 26, 2007  

Prior Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes:

Board Policies of Interest:

Governing Board Core Values:

The La Cañada Unified School District recognizes the community’s passion for superior education and commits to:

  • foster a learning environment dedicated to academic achievement, character growth and the overall health, safety and well-being of each child
  • provide opportunities for any child who is not thriving
  • promote a culture of mutual respect and professionalism among all stakeholders
  • demonstrate continuing personal growth and improvement among students, staff, administrators, parents and Governing Board members
  • maintain strong, open and proactive communication between and among all stakeholders
  • preserve financial stability of the district by maximizing its fiscal, physical and human resources to best benefit children and their learning environment

Governing Board Educational Goals for 2006-2007

Download the approved Educational Goals for 2006-07 here.

Message from the President of the Board:

Board President's Newsletter

School Board Plans for the Future

The La Cañada Unified School Board has recently identified its three top-priority strategic goals. 

These are goals that require considerable time and effort from District staff to research and identify options with implementation steps, appropriate benchmarks and accountability.

The Board’s first strategic goal, which has the highest priority, is to continue to research, plan, and implement comprehensive incremental class size reduction in grades 4-12.

As background, initial fact-finding revealed that peer high schools had considerably smaller classes than LCHS, even after our reinstatement of the State-subsidized ninth-grade class size reduction program effective September 2006.

The Board responded by making class size reduction an immediate priority and budgeted an additional 2.6 full-time teachers to reduce class size starting in September 2007 as follows:

  • Algebra II/ Trigonometry reduced to 25 students per classroom
  • All science classes (9-12) reduced to 30 students per classroom
  • Core 7th grade classes reduced to 32 students per classroom

This is the first time in recent memory that the District has reduced class size without the benefit of a State subsidy.  The budget continues to be closely monitored to determine if additional grades or subjects can be similarly addressed in the near term.

Over the next six to nine months, District staff will provide the following information for Board consideration related to this strategic goal:

  • results of more extensive fact finding to include private school data, peer districts’ funding sources, and classroom availability
  • a proposed multi-year plan to reduce class size with prioritized, phased-in reductions at specific grade levels and/or subject areas
  • related costs, funding options, and timelines for alternative scenarios to implement the class size reduction proposal.

The Board’s second strategic goal is to identify the key attributes of the District’s educational experience – the District “brand” – and effectively communicate this message to targeted constituents with consistency.

It is the Board’s view that La Cañada’s educational experience is richer, more robust, and more compelling than the usual “elite public school district” sound-bite. 

Staff has proposed a timeline, which includes stakeholder surveys and workshops to identify and reach consensus of key components of the District’s “marketing message”.

Targeted constituents would include families with pre-school children, private school families, realtors, the community-at-large, and college admissions officers.

An environment of declining enrollment makes this goal especially timely and relevant.

The Board’s third strategic goal is focused on our secondary educational program.  The first phase will include a thorough review of our current delivery of services at the high school. 

In providing recommendations, staff will consider research-based education advancements and the best practices of the nation’s leading public and private secondary schools.

Additional factors to be considered include the effects on education of continuing globalization trends, accelerating technological innovations, and rapidly evolving career options.

This goal is in its earliest stages of development.  More information regarding this goal will be forthcoming.

Collectively, these three strategic goals are indicative of the Board’s desire and intent to continue to enhance the educational service for our students.

Scott Tracy
President, LCUSD Governing Board


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