The Lompoc Vision
“Good News You Can Use.”
ongratulations are in order for Lompoc Unified
School District (LUSD) Assistant Superintendent of
Human Resources, Bree Valla. Recently, Ms. Valla
was bestowed the honor of Human Resources Adminis-
trator for Region 13. Region 13 covers San Luis Obispo,
Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Ms. Valla was due to
be recognized on May 1st at the ACSA Regional Awards
LOMPOC UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
OUTSTANDING LEADER RECOGNIZED
Banquet however due to the current COVID-19 pandemic
the banquet has been canceled. However, Ms. Valla’s ap-
plication will now be forwarded to the state for consider-
ation for ACSA State Human Resources Administrator of
the Year Award.
“We have quality leaders in our District that continue
to put students’ needs first and I am proud that others are
recognizing their hard work and dedication,” stated Jeff
Carlovsky, LUSD Board Member.
by Teresa Acosta
ince the onset of the COVID-19 closures, Lompoc
Unified has looked for ways to provide students ac-
cess to a variety of reading materials. “Now that stu-
dents don’t have access to traditional school libraries, we
needed to get creative to make sure the students had access
to grade-level, engaging literature. In addition, we wanted
to be able to gauge their reading comprehension,” said La
Honda Principal, Noelle Barthel. Barthel has been moni-
toring the program and student access more intently with
the school closures.
“Equity in access has been our common refrain during
the school closures,” said Superintendent Trevor McDon-
ald. “We want to make sure that students who may not live
in a literature rich home, have access and can still continue
to read and enjoy books.” From the closure through April
29, LUSD students had accessed 294,000 books, had read over 43 million words, accessed 227,000 news articles and
spent over 300 hours reading. “Giving students choice in their reading and providing them opportunities to still be able
to access millions of titles, is great for our kids,” said Jeff Carlovsky, School Board member. LUSD has been using the
Renaissance and MyON programs to provide online access to their students.
LUSD STUDENTS CONTINUE TO ACCESS QUALITY READING PROGRAMS
he Lompoc Unified School District School Board welcomed three (3) new administrators after the 20-21 school
year at Tuesday night’s Board Meeting. “We are excited for these leaders to move into their new roles. They are
going to be great additions to a strong, collaborative team who always work to provide students the best learning
experience possible,” said Superintendent Trevor McDonald.
New to LUSD are, Jessica Becerra principal at La Honda Steam Academy and Mission Valley. Jessica is coming from
Hemet Unified where she has been an Elementary Assistant Principal for the last 6 years. Eva Luna is returning to LHS
now as Assistant Principal of Lompoc High School. Eva had previously taught PE at LHS and will be returning after 7
years in Newman-Crows Landing Unified, where she spent six years as Principal.
LUSD WELCOMES NEW ADMINISTRATORS FOR 20-21
by Bree Valla
Ed Arrigoni was confirmed Assistant Principal of Lompoc High School. Ed has most recently worked at Lucia Mar.
He has worked in various secondary administrative roles since 2012. “We had really strong candidates applying, and we
chose the best. I am excited for what the next years will bring,” said Dick Barret, School Board Member. In addition,
multiple current LUSD employees will have new administrative roles in the coming school year. Madalyn Anderson will
be Cabrillo High’s Assistant Principal, moving from her classroom position at Clarence Ruth Elementary.
The Fillmore Principal position will be held by Tina
Wall. Noelle Barthel and Paul Bommersbach will be vacat-
ing their current principal positions to each take over as Co-
ordinators in the Educational Services Department. Celeste
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