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The Lompoc Vision

“Good News You Can Use.”

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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

S

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

T

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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