District's chief technology officer resigns

Sean Colt, Laguna Beach Unified School District's chief technology officer, resigned effective Jan. 1, according to the district's personnel report.

"He resigned for family reasons," said Leisa Winston, the district's human resources and communication director. "His wife was living in Northern California, so it was difficult being apart."

Colt was with the district less than six months, taking over for Victor Guthrie, who resigned to take a job as the chief technology officer for a private school in the United Arab Emirates.

Winston hopes to wrap up interviews for the position by early February, she told the school board.


Board bans e-cigs

It's official: Electronic cigarettes are banned on Laguna Beach Unified School District buildings, property and in vehicles.

Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt the policy banning tobacco products and e-cigs.

Prohibited products include any item containing tobacco or nicotine, or nicotine delivery devices such as e-cigs, cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, clove cigarettes and betel, according to the policy.

Electronic hookahs and other vapor-emitting devices with or without nicotine that mimic tobacco use are also banned.

The rule applies to all students, employees and visitors at any school-sponsored instructional program, activity or athletic event held on or off district property.

The policy doesn't prohibit smoking-cessation aids such as nicotine patches or nicotine gum. Students who wish to use these products on school grounds must conform to laws governing use and possession of medications on school property, according to the policy.

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