La Cañada parents David and McNally Sagal — two longtime volunteers known particularly for their contributions to the local school community — have been selected to receive La Cañada Unified School District's 2018 Golden Apple Award, officials announced this week.
The annual award is sponsored by the Assn. of California School Administrators to recognize community members for significant service on behalf of education. The husband and wife duo will be among 10 others nominated by school districts in ACSA's Region XV who will be honored in a Feb. 21 breakfast at the Santa Anita Park Frontrunner in Arcadia.
McNally Sagal has volunteered on the board of the La Cañada High School Choral Parents' Assn. since 2005 and was a director on the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation Board from 2005 to 2008. A professional actor, she was an assistant producer of LCHS' "Guys and Dolls" in 2017. She also volunteered with the National Charity League from 2008 to 2014, through which she co-chaired the USC Verdugo Hills/NCL blood drive for two years.
In December, David Sagal finished a four-year term on the LCUSD Governing Board, during which he served a term as president. From 2011 to 2013, he was director on the Educational Foundation Board and president of the Music Parents Assn. An executive at Warner Bros. Pictures, he has been on the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital board for the past 10 years. His band, the David Sagal Trio, performs at the Flintridge Proper on the second Tuesday of each month.
In a news release issued Monday, LCUSD Supt. Wendy Sinnette thanked the couple for their long track record of supporting local education.
"Both of our recipients this year are dedicated working professionals who put family values at the center of what they do," she said. "The district could not be more fortunate or more grateful for the Sagals' generous endeavors in support of LCUSD and its schools."
All of the Sagals' three children — Beau, Nora and Finn (the latter a senior at La Cañada High School) — attended La Cañada schools, where they were active in the choir, band and drama programs.
"We learned early on in our 15 years of living in La Cañada that the more you give, the more you get back," McNally Sagal said Tuesday. "We have had a great experience raising our three children here, and could not imagine a better environment for our family. We are especially grateful for the education our children received from the La Cañada schools."