The meeting was a limited in-person gathering for the Board of Education and District leaders but remained closed to the public in accordance with safe social distancing practices. The public utilized teleconferencing and was also streamed to Facebook Live. Public comment was available through email and voice recording prior to the meeting. Watch the meeting HERE.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
The District honored its Teacher of the Year candidates from each school as each instructor was accompanied by their school principal and awarded a plaque for exceptional work. Lynwood High School teacher Custodio Gomez was named the District’s ultimate winner for his service inside the classroom and out – Mr. Gomez leads the LHS Decathlon team and is also the school’s mock trial coach. A list of all the honorees:
Early Childhood Education – Cindee Kim, Roosevelt ES, Araceli Monreal, Abbott ES, Angelica Echevarria, Helen Keller ES, Elena Canovas, Lincoln ES, Darius Ramos, Lindbergh ES, Julissa Posada, Lugo ES, Sorlynn Kim, Mark Twain ES, Raquel Meneses, Thurgood Marshall ES, Juan Reyes, Roosevelt ES, Nnenna Ozoemena, Rosa Parks, Jorge Nuno, Washington ES, Natalie Nunez, Will Rogers, Rebecca Birdsall, Wilson ES, Vennieta Turner, Cesar Chavez MS, Selina Saucedo, Hosler MS, Raul Varela, LMS, Lydia Plaza, Firebaugh HS, Custodio Gomez, LHS, Anna Gomez, Vista HS, Jeff Ballinger, Pathway HS, Belinda Andrews, Lynwood Community AS.
The District honored its Warehouse and Purchasing Department for exemplary work, led by Director Keith Webster. The staff received commemorative certificates.
Bernard Ventura – Warehouse Manager
Shaunda McLucas - Senior Buyer
Carlos Covarrubias – Driver/Warehouse Worker
Daniela Navarro – Senior Buyer
Rubiel Hernandez – Driver/Warehouse Worker
Porfiria Mora – Buyer
Leo Camarillo – Driver/Warehouse Worker
Maria Camacho – Secretary
Lynwood Unified continues to work to increase vaccination throughout the community. Community members are now able to receive the vaccine without an appointment at Firebaugh High School where the District has partnered with St. John’s Well Child Center and Family Center to provide service. Student Services has set up informational booths in the city to provide information and registration assistance for families.
The Board of Education approved the appointment of Ricardo Ortega Martinez Jr. to the Citizens’ Oversight Committee, which monitors facilities projects and District expenditures. Board member Julian Del Real-Calleros was appointed to the Board of Directors on the Lynwood Partners Educational Foundation that provides resources and support for Lynwood Unified educational programs and students.
ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
The District observed a resolution to honor the rich cultural contributions and celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The District enjoys a mission to provide a learning environment that is inclusive of all voices in the community.
Students of the District’s high schools and Lynwood Community Adult School provided updates. Secondary schools reopened for in-person instruction on May 3, and students are receiving guidance on college decisions and FAFSA Award letters. Firebaugh recently held a dual enrollment workshop in partnership with Compton College as students have the opportunity to receive college credit during the high school tenure. High schools will also be able to celebrate an in-person prom this year where they will observe social distancing and follow health guidelines. Schools are also enjoying sports seasons, and the Lynwood High School Boys Soccer team recently qualified for the playoffs.