Weekly roundup: Honoring OC’s school administrators, adjusting high school sports transportation strategies, and more

More than 20 Orange County educational leaders and a local nonprofit were celebrated this week by the Association of California School Administrators, or better known as ACSA.

Established in 1971, ACSA serves more than 17,000 California educators and annually spotlights top administrators at the regional and state levels.

In a pre-pandemic world, honorees are celebrated during an annual awards ceremony held in person in front of their peers. But, this year, ACSA honored recipients virtually with a custom plaque, certificate, special lawn sign and a gift card for dinner.

Here’s the full list of the 2021 Administrators of the Year and Friends of Education for Region 17:

ACSA 2021
ACSA Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year Heather Bojorquez is honored by Tustin Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Greg Franklin. Photo courtesy of Tustin USD.
  • Anne Silavs, Superintendent, Cypress School District
  • Danny Morris, Secondary Principal, Huntington Beach Union High School District
  • Heidi DeBritton, Middle Grades Principal, Westminster School District
  • Debra von Sprecken, Ph.D, Elementary Principal, Magnolia Elementary School District
  • Sylvia Kaufman, Ed.D., Central Office Administrator, Fullerton Joint School District
  • Ryon Tanara, Secondary Co-Administrator, Tustin Unified School District
  • Soo Goda, Elementary Co- Administrator, Saddleback Unified School District
  • Teresa Lennox, Classified Leader of the Year, Cypress School District
  • Carolee Ogata, Ed.D., Personnel/HR Administrator, Huntington Beach Union High School District
  • Heather Bojorquez, Career Technical Education Administrator, Tustin Unified School District
  • Chileen Spaulding, Special Education Administrator, Ocean View School District
  • Leslie Roach, Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Administrator Excellence, Irvine Unified School District
  • Robert Craven, Business Services Administrator, Saddleback Unified School District
  • Stacy Chang, Student Services Administrator, Centralia School District
  • Kristine Cvar, Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction Administrator, Centralia School District
  • Erick Fineberg, Continuation/Educational Option Administrator, Tustin Unified School District
  • Kathie Nielsen, Professor of Education, Tustin Unified School District
  • Carol Hansen, Ed.D., Tracey Gaffey Award, Ocean View School District
  • Randy Kolset, Technology Administrator, Orange Unified School District
  • Latino Health Access, Partners for Educational Excellence, Anaheim Union High School District

And here are some other top stories we are following this week.

  • And, the Santa Ana Unified school board will decide later this month to potentially re-open Orange County’s second-biggest school district before the end of the school year. District officials have until April 1 to apply for new state funding aimed at helping schools re-open.
  • High schools across Orange County are adjusting their busing strategies as they prepare to transport sports teams to competitions for the first time during the pandemic.
  • The Anaheim Elementary School District is one of four organizations in OC that recently transformed blemished guitars, cellos and violins into works of art through The Yamaha Cares Upcycle Program.
  • In related news, Los Angeles students are one step closer to a return to campus beginning in mid-April under a tentative agreement reached this week between the teachers union and the L.A. Unified School District.

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