Kathryn Turner was first sworn in to the Laguna Beach Unified
School District Board of Education the day before the Orange County
bankruptcy in 1994.
Since those uncertain days, she has helped "right the ship" as the
district itself faced financial collapse. She has been an integral
player in the growth of the Quest for Excellence Committee, which
continues to create an educational experience that supports the
"whole child." Now she is eager to spend her third term focusing on
the quality of education, but not without keeping an eye on the full
slate of construction projects at schools.
"This will be the fun part," she said. "I feel we can now finish
that conversation and make a difference in the lives of youngsters."
1. Will the board continue to oversee the details of the ongoing
construction at the schools?
2. How will the board ensure the district's financial health in an
By regularly monitoring property values and taxes, maintaining
healthy reserves, and allocating available resources judiciously.
3. Do you feel class size is an important issue at our elementary
Several years ago we reduced class sizes in grades K through three
to no more than 20 students per teacher. We have continued to
maintain those reductions. Should there be a drop in income and cuts
in expenditures become necessary, I would urge the school board to
make cuts in other areas before increasing class sizes in grades K
4. How will the board help create a more global curriculum that
will prepare students for the future?
I think we are beginning to do that now. Just one example: the
Project Based Learning effort, which allows students to learn
research, critical thinking, problem solving and group interaction
skills, while at the same time satisfying a variety of content
standards set by the state of California.