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By Hannah Fry | September 28, 2013
A former Killybrooke Elementary School teacher is suing the school district for alleged workplace harassment and age discrimination, court records show. Debbra DeMarco filed a lawsuit Sept. 4 in Orange County Superior Court against the Newport-Mesa School District and Killybrooke Principal Lorie Hoggard. DeMarco, who was 43 years old at the time of the alleged harassment, claims the district forced her to quit because of her advancing age and because she was more expensive to keep on staff than a younger teacher.
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By Hannah Fry | September 27, 2013
Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees unanimously approved a one-year contract with teachers during Tuesday's board meeting, ending months of contentious negotiations. Before the board's approval, 94% of the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers membership had voted to ratify the contract, said John Caldecott, executive director of human resources and chief negotiator for Newport-Mesa Unified School District. "I think everybody was pleased with the outcome," he said. "It's a successful conclusion to all the issues that were pending in negotiations.
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By Hannah Fry | September 12, 2013
Sage Hill students, faculty and parents gathered on the Newport Coast campus of the private high school Thursday to celebrate the naming of the new Lisa Argyros and Family Science Center. The crowd erupted in applause as Lisa Argyros presented a check for $2.5 million on behalf of the Argyros Family Foundation to Sage Hill administrators during the ceremony. She is the daughter of Newport Beach philanthropists Julia and George Argyros. "I think I cheered a little louder than that when I received the news," Head of School Gordon McNeill joked after accepting the oversized check.
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By Hannah Fry | August 27, 2013
A Corona del Mar High School drama teacher, who was placed on leave in June after a student accused him of battery, has resigned. Ron Martin, a nine-year CdM veteran who won accolades from free-speech advocates for fighting to stage a campus production of "Rent," confirmed Tuesday that he left his job last week for the sake of his health and to avoid having to go before the school district's review board. "I'm disappointed that it happened this way," said Martin, 57. "From what I understood I was guilty and had to prove my innocence.
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By Jim Carnett | August 26, 2013
It was an assignment for my acting fundamentals class my freshman year in college. I was to recite something from great Western literature. Lucian Davis Scott, head of Orange Coast College's theater department from 1955 to 1969, taught the course. He was a kick. Known to students and fellow faculty and staff members as "Luke," Mr. Scott had a passion and flare for teaching drama. Not only did Luke teach and direct plays and musicals at Coast, but he also starred in several campus shows over the years.
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By Chasen Doer | August 2, 2013
It's 26 miles from Catalina Island's Avalon Harbor to the Newport Aquatic Center, but that won't stop Paularino Elementary School teacher Lisa Roberts from tackling the distance via kayak. On Saturday, the fifth-grade teacher will team up with her colleague, fifth/sixth-grade teacher Shannon Spining, for the third Kayaking 4 Kids event. The two started the nonprofit to raise money for the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Arts Advantage Program and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
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By Jill Cowan | July 26, 2013
Friends of a Corona del Mar Middle School teacher whose wife recently died are raising money to help her three children pay for school and other expenses. Katina Moody Brude, 39, died July 12 following a three-year battle with cancer. Her husband, Chris Brude, teaches English and journalism. The story was first reported by Corona del Mar Today . "The reason I'm so focused on this is Katina was such a great mother and such a great friend," said Daniel Patterson, a close friend of Brude as well as a teacher at CdM Middle School.
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By Myrna Capsuto | July 17, 2013
* This article has been corrected. See below. Many women enjoy getting together for brunch. However, sharing a brunch with the homeless women who have found food, shelter and comfort at Isaiah House in Santa Ana was an outstanding experience for the Gamma Nu chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, teacher's sorority. We have had a relationship with Isaiah House for three years. We bring snacks when we visit. One year around the holidays, we brought a Christmas tree, made decorations with the women and then decorated the tree.
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By Bradley Zint | June 26, 2013
More than 50 Newport-Mesa Unified School District employees expressed their concerns about rising healthcare costs at Tuesday's board meeting. Union officials said having employees pay 3% more each month toward their plans, despite being recently offered a districtwide salary increase of 0.375%, would still represent a pay cut to all but the highest-paid employees. Considering that all employees would pay the same base increase in benefits, varying only by plan option and not income level, the higher wage earners would see a net gain when the salary hike is factored in. Such a change would shift the "bulk of the burden onto those least able to afford it" and provide, in essence, an "unacceptable" income boost to those in the district who make more than $200,000 a year, according to a news release from the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers and California School Employees Assn.
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By Jeremiah Dobuck | June 13, 2013
A Corona del Mar High School teacher under investigation by police said Thursday that a disgruntled student made false accusations against him. Drama teacher Ronald Martin, who was placed on leave June 5 pending a police investigation, said he did nothing wrong. "I can tell you that I, in no way, did anything malicious to any student or have I ever in my 22 years of teaching," he said. Police have not interviewed him in the course of the investigation, nor has he been arrested or charged, the 57-year-old teacher told the Daily Pilot on Thursday.
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