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IUSD buoyed by improving economy and state's renewed investment in K-12 education

At its March 18 meeting, the IUSD Board of Education voted to certify the Second Interim Report as “positive," meaning the district expects to meet all of its financial obligations for the current year and two subsequent years. That may have been a given, but it's been a while since the state economic outlook was this promising.

Stonegate Elementary principal will be IUSD's next director of elementary education

An experienced IUSD principal with expertise in curriculum, instruction and operations has been selected to serve as the district’s next director of elementary education, Superintendent Terry Walker announced Friday.

Stan Machesky, who oversaw the opening of Stonegate Elementary and has since successfully managed that school’s rapid growth, will succeed Lauren Sipelis, who announced recently that her family is pursuing a unique opportunity to live overseas.

IUSD drafts calendars for the next two school years; 2015-16 start date set for August

For those who like to plan ahead, the Irvine Unified School District has come up with provisional calendars for the next two school years, and while they may look similar to previous editions, there is one significant change worth noting: The first day of school in 2015-16 will be during the final week of August.

The reason? Academic and extracurricular calendars across the country have shifted in recent years, and there’s an interest in making sure IUSD students are competing on a level playing field.

Superintendent addresses the Common Core, technology and growth in new video

Each year around this time, we like to sit down with IUSD Superintendent Terry Walker for a sort of state-of-the-district conversation. And there was no shortage of topics when we caught up with him for our interview in October.

In this five-and-a-half minute video, the superintendent discusses the new Common Core instructional standards, educational technology, the new state funding formula and the district’s rapid growth. Take a look.

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