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  • BOHS plants new trees donated by Dwight Manley

    3 years ago by

    Dwight Manley donated $10,000 towards 13 new trees in front of the Brea High School gym (photo courtesy Susan Gaede)

    Dwight Manley donated $10,000 towards 13 new trees in front of the Brea High School gym (photo courtesy Susan Gaede)


      Who put the tree buckets at the high school? I asked president of the school board Bill Hall about the new trees in front of the high school gym. He said,“The trees are the result of a donation from Dwight Manley. Dwight asked about the trees that used to be there and wondered if the district had plans to replace them at some point. I shared with Dwight that the District’s resources where pretty thin due to the cost we’ve incurred having to deal with the March earthquake and the damage to Fanning Elementary, the BOHS PAC and the BOHS Cafeteria. It’s hard to replace trees when you’ve had to re-direct $6 to $7 million from your budget for the mitigation of asbestos and unplanned repairs to your schools. Dwight felt strongly that the area around the BOHS Gym should project a welcoming feel and the pride we have in our High School.

        Dwight generously offered to contribute the money to complete the landscaping. The total cost was over $10,000. The trees were planted over Christmas break.

          Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at 714-529-8561 or e-mail her at suzgaede@aol.com.

  • Laurel PTA needs community’s help with Lagos De Moreno Park revitalization project

    3 years ago by

    What has to happen before any real attention is given to this playground-park? Nothing new since 1994. Photo and statement as seen on Lagos De Moreno Park-Laurel Elementary Facebook


      Laurel Elementary PTA is asking those community members, Fanning Elementary, and Laurel Elementary families to attend the BOUSD Board Meeting this Monday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. sharp at Brea City Hall Council Chambers regarding Lagos De Moreno Park. The District owns this park-playground, but has not made improvements to it in over 20 years.

        Revitalize the Heart of Brea:Lagos De Moreno Park-Laurel Elementary is not on the agenda but during the discussion period, they would like as many supporters as possible to show up in force to help answer these questions: “What’s the reason for this lack of attention? Our families and community want answers. Why hasn’t the BOUSD School Board, our elected District leadership, given priority to this project? When will a project plan be completed so work can begin to find funding for our playground-park?”

          Note: Children are welcome to attend all school board meetings.

  • Brea Olinda Unified School District Candidate Statement: Holli Kittleson

    3 years ago by

    By Carolyn Campbell


      Election Day is November 4.

        Many of us were drawn to Brea because of our great public schools, which serve as a prime indicator of the overall condition of Brea. Therefore, It’s important we keep our schools strong. On November 4 you will get the opportunity to make a difference by casting your vote for the 2014 Brea Olinda Unified School District candidates. Six candidates are competing for four seats on the Brea Olinda Unified School Board of Education. Each candidate has agreed to provide a statement to further inform residents. Their statements are published in the order received.

          Incumbent: Nicole Colon

            New candidate: Carrie Flanders

              Incumbent: Alicia Maciel

                Incumbent: Bill Hall

                  New candidate Holli Kittleson

                    Incumbent: Joe Rollino

                      Lastly, a web address is provided should you wish to contact Holli.

                        Holli Kittleson


                          I chose to run for the Brea School Board so that I may be an active participant in the decisions that affect our school district. I would like to be part of a community that makes the education of our children their top priority.

                            I have lived in Brea for 11 years and enjoy the small town feel of Brea and the many connections I have with Brea residents. I have 3 children who attend the BOUSD; at the elementary level, the junior high level and the high school level. I have a position with the City of Brea as an account technician which gives me the opportunity to interact with the community and have an inside view of what is happening within Brea. I believe in giving back to our community and have served as a PTA President, Band Booster President, Site Council Member, and a Board Member of the Brea Education Foundation. You can also find me on the field as a team mom or coach for Softball and Pop Warner. These positions have allowed me to be on the school campuses and have a better understanding of the needs of our teachers, staff, families and students. We need to make sure we provide our teachers with the necessary tools, training and mentoring to adequately educate our children. We must also ensure that methods of accountability are in place, so that each member of our team understands his or her responsibility and that parents, children, teachers, administrators, staff and school board members can fulfill these responsibilities effectively.

                              One of my goals is to build a stronger relationship and unity between the school district, City of Brea, Brea businesses and the community. The District is facing budget challenges and I believe we need to look to other resources. Building these relationships could help provide the District with these resources. I would like the transparency and communication between the school board and families to be better. "Together we can!" make a difference in the successes of our future generation.

                                Holli and Bill with their children, from left to right: Chase (13), Kyra (10), and Jake (15).

  • Brea Olinda Unified School District Candidate Statement: Bill Hall

    3 years ago by

    By Carolyn Campbell


      Election Day is November 4.

        Many of us were drawn to Brea because of our great public schools, which serve as a prime indicator of the overall condition of Brea. Therefore, It’s important we keep our schools strong. On November 4 you will get the opportunity to make a difference by casting your vote for the 2014 Brea Olinda Unified School District candidates. Six candidates are competing for four seats on the Brea Olinda Unified School Board of Education. Each candidate has agreed to provide a statement to further inform residents. Their statements are published in the order received.

          Incumbent: Nicole Colon

            New candidate: Carrie Flanders

              Incumbent: Alicia Maciel

                Incumbent: Bill Hall

                  New candidate Holli Kittleson

                    Incumbent: Joe Rollino

                      Lastly, a web address/phone number is provided should you wish to contact Bill.

                        Bill Hall surrounded by students of Mariposa at the Annual Leaders as Readers program.


                          My name is Bill Hall and I currently serve as a member of the BOUSD Board of Trustees. My wife Liz and I have owned our home and lived in Brea for 18 years. We have 2 sons who attend Brea Schools, one is a freshman at BOHS and the other is a 6th grade elementary student. I’m the owner of Action Enterprises Inc. located in Anaheim which has 3 Divisions serving the manufacturing community. I have been endorsed by every current sitting Board Member as well as the Orange County Superintendent of Schools Mr. Al Mijares, former Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher, former Board Member Susie Sokol, former Brea Mayor Bill Lentini, PRHS Commissioner Bill McMillan, and former BOUSD Superintendent Tim Harvey. To learn more please visit my website at www.voteforbillhall.com.

                            As parents my wife Liz and I share your desire for a strong educational experience for all Students. With your help I will continue to support a rigorous and diverse classroom experience, our Arts and Music programs, a balanced District budget, unity with our Teachers and Staff, a full academic calendar year, safe campuses and improvements to our buildings and technology.

                              During my current term of service our District successfully:

                                • Restored our academic calendar year and eliminated furlough days.

                                  • Redirected district resources to restore earthquake damaged Fanning Elementary.

                                    • Redirected district resources to restore the earthquake damaged BOHS PAC and Cafeteria.

                                      • Installed internet access and purchased Chrome Books technology for all sites.

                                        • Maintained and improved District test scores at all sites.

                                          • Maintained positive budget ratings and reserves for 8 consecutive years

                                            • Generated $25 Million in proceeds from the Brea Corporate Place property sale

                                              • Built New Olinda Elementary site and added new 8 classroom wing in 2014

                                                • Added new classroom wing at BOHS

                                                  • Bargained successfully with all Teacher, Classified and Management groups

                                                    • Secured grants and upgraded our Transportation Fleet with new energy efficient CNG buses

                                                      My goals for the future are:

                                                        • Reduce Class Sizes

                                                          • Increase Classroom rigor

                                                            • Maintain Positive Budget Certification

                                                              • Increase Budget Reserves

                                                                • Increase Classroom technology and resources

                                                                  • Improve physical condition of Schools

                                                                    • Maintain positive relationship with Bargaining Groups

                                                                      • Promote continued professional development of Teachers and Staff

                                                                        Bill and Liz with sons Devin (left) and Adrian.


                                                                          I would appreciate your vote and will continue to work hard on behalf of all of Brea’s Students and families.

                                                                            Feel free to call if you have any questions 714 978-0333 or visit VoteForBillHall

                                                                              Thx, Bill

  • Brea Olinda Unified School District Candidate Statement: Alicia Maciel

    3 years ago by

    By Carolyn Campbell


      Election Day is November 4.

        Many of us were drawn to Brea because of our great public schools, which serve as a prime indicator of the overall condition of Brea. Therefore, It’s important we keep our schools strong. On November 4 you will get the opportunity to make a difference by casting your vote for the 2014 Brea Olinda Unified School District candidates. Six candidates are competing for four seats on the Brea Olinda Unified School Board of Education. Each candidate has agreed to provide a statement to further inform residents. Their statements are published in the order received.

          Incumbent: Nicole Colon

            New candidate: Carrie Flanders

              Incumbent: Alicia Maciel

                Incumbent: Bill Hall

                  New candidate Holli Kittleson

                    Incumbent: Joe Rollino

                      For further information about Alicia see, www.AliciaMaciel.com.

                        Alicia Maciel


                          Brea resident since 1998, mother of two sons in Brea schools, Harvard MBA, bilingual/bicultural, prior CSUF faculty All students deserve safe schools, access to quality public education and the opportunity to reach their full potential. Teachers and staff deserve fair compensation, training and resources to effectively do their job in the rapidly evolving field of education.

                            As Executive Director of Prentice, a private nonprofit school focused on serving k-12 students with learning disabilities, I direct all aspects of running a school; hiring, finances, parent engagement, fundraising, effective teaching methodologies, curriculum and teaching approaches impacted by new state standards and more. Having worked at organizations such as Chevron, The Walt Disney Co., Kraft Foods and UCI Medical Center, I’m familiar with successful business practices.

                              Engaged parents, well-prepared teachers and inspired students are essential pieces of the education success formula. Every stakeholder deserves to be treated with respect and be kept informed of "the state of our schools" and the administration’s plan to keep our district moving forward. My diverse background and experience affords me the benefit of connecting with a broader constituent base. Please vote for me, I’m committed to working to make our great Brea schools even better.

                                Husband:Peter, Oldest son: Pedro Alejandro, Youngest son: Marc Anthony. They were very young in this picture. They are now 7th and 9th graders.

  • Brea Olinda Unified School District Candidate Statement: Carrie Flanders

    3 years ago by

    By Carolyn Campbell


      Election Day is November 4.

        Many of us were drawn to Brea because of our great public schools, which serve as a prime indicator of the overall condition of Brea. Therefore, It’s important we keep our schools strong. On November 4 you will get the opportunity to make a difference by casting your vote for the 2014 Brea Olinda Unified School District candidates. Six candidates are competing for four seats on the Brea Olinda Unified School Board of Education. Each candidate has agreed to provide a statement to further inform residents. Their statements are published in the order received.

          Incumbent: Nicole Colon

            New candidate: Carrie Flanders

              Incumbent: Alicia Maciel

                Incumbent: Bill Hall

                  New candidate Holli Kittleson

                    Incumbent: Joe Rollino

                      Lastly, a web address is provided should you wish to contact Carrie.

                        Carrie Flanders

                        I have been a Brea resident for 31 years, attending elementary through high school in BOUSD. My family decided to raise our four children in Brea because of its’ dedication to education and community.

                          Education has always been my passion...it's who I am! Learning about learning is exciting to me. I graduated from CSUF with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I understand the importance of reaching students with diverse needs due the key role I played, during my teaching career in Anaheim City School District, creating and implementing programs to service these students. It was there, where we were given the opportunity to adopt our oldest son, Berdo, who was a 4th grade student from my first year as a teacher..

                            In addition to our oldest adopted son, Berdo, now 30, Steve and I have three more children; Tayler, 17, Jessie, 13 and Nathan, 12, who have all attended school in BOUSD. Although this will be our first year without an elementary student (sniffle...sniffle), we have finally reached a time where we have experienced all levels of our children's education. What an incredible journey this has been so far! Aside from our children's activities being the center of our lives (soccer, cheer, choir, and academics), our family loves to travel and spend time with our family and friends.

                              Even after the decision to leave teaching to stay home and raise our children, I still felt drawn to education. Right away, I became involved with my own children's learning and haven't stopped ever since. I have been a parent volunteer for 10 years on many different levels...in the classroom, 7 years as Chair of Olinda’s largest fundraiser, PTO President for 3 years, School Site Council Member, BOHS Cheer Booster Board Secretary and President, and as a substitute teacher for Brea Olinda Unified School District

                                Community involvement has earned me an appointment on the City of Brea’s Planning Commission, where I am responsible for making decisions based on the values of our community. Additionally, my experience as a parent, Rotarian and shareholder in our family business has provided me a variety of perspectives and expertise.

                                  From Left: Carrie and Steve, Bernardo-eldest son, Tayler- eldest daughter, Nathan-youngest, and Jessie-second daughter. (courtesy of Carrie Flanders)

                                  I bring integrity, common sense and the ability to communicate effectively, which is essential for collaborating with teachers, staff, administrators and our community. My passion for education, and enthusiasm, will be an asset to the School Board.
  • Brea Olinda Unified School District Candidate Statement: Nicole Colon

    3 years ago by

    By Carolyn Campbell


      Election day is November 4.

        Many of us were drawn to Brea because of our great public schools, which serve as a prime indicator of the overall condition of Brea. Therefore, It’s important we keep our schools strong. On November 4 you will get the opportunity to make a difference by casting your vote for the 2014 Brea Olinda Unified School District candidates. Six candidates are competing for four seats on the Brea Olinda Unified School Board of Education. Each candidate has agreed to provide a statement to further inform residents. Their statements are published in the order received.

          Incumbent: Nicole Colon

            New candidate: Carrie Flanders

              Incumbent: Alicia Maciel

                Incumbent: Bill Hall

                  New candidate: Holli Kittleson

                    Incumbent: Joe Rollino

                      Lastly, Nicole's web address and email is provided, should you wish to contact her.

                        Nicole Colon

                        I have lived in the City of Brea for the past 18 years. My husband Steve and I have two children- Alexis is at the junior high and Michael is in elementary school. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Redlands. I have worked for two major mutual fund companies in Orange County. I am an avid community volunteer. Over the years I have done work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, MOMs Club of Brea, Girl Scouts and the Brea Education Foundation. I have also been active throughout the schools for the past 8 years by serving on Fanning School Site Council and PTA, Brea Junior High PTA, Olinda's and Fanning's Box Top Coordinator, and as a Laurel After School Reading Program Volunteer. Team Colon for the Brea 8K was 48 members strong in 2014 which raised money for our schools. Through my work experience and dedication to the families of Brea, I have developed the tools to be an effective leader for Brea's schools.

                          Currently I am serving on the Brea Olinda School Board. I was unanimously appointed in July of 2013. The following are some of the things that I have been a part of for our school district over the past year.

                            • Completed $25 million sale of Corporate Place

                              • Purchased Chromebooks and carts for all sites

                                • Implemented a plan to have all campuses wired for wifi

                                  • Approved funding for earthquake repairs to Fanning and Brea Olinda High School

                                    • Worked closely with staff and the community during the earthquake relocation of Fanning to Laurel Elementary

                                      • Partnered with the City of Brea to have a community engagement meeting to revitalize Lagos De Moreno park/ Laurel's lower playground.

                                        • Available. As a representative for the community, I make it a priority to return all phone calls and emails in a timely manner. I look forward to hearing from you.

                                          From left to right: Stephen and Nicole, Alexis, and Michael. (courtesy of Nicole Colon)


                                            I believe working with the community is the way to continue our excellence. Please feel free to contact me at NicoleColonBrea@gmail.com. I believe as an elected official it is my job to be open and available to my community. Thank you for your support.
  • Brea elementary students open registration for Wizard of Oz

    3 years ago by


      “There’s no place like home,” don’t you agree! Fanning PTA and Stagelight Productions are working together again to present a school play: Wizard of Oz. The play is open to elementary students in the Brea Olinda Unified School District, giving them an exciting opportunity to tap into their creative side. For those of you who are interested, a parent meeting will take place on Thursday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Laurel School’s cafeteria. The Parent Meeting Flier, Registration Form and PTA Waiver are available on Fanning Elementary School's website.

  • Run-down Lagos de Moreno park may get makeover

    3 years ago by

    A better photo of "Preliminary Concept" of a Revitalized Lagos de Moreno park and Laurel lower playground that was presented at the forum. Even if you couldn't attend, you can still share your thoughts. Got feedback? email wearelistening@bousd.k12.ca.us.


      As posted on Revitalize the Heart of Brea: Lagos de Moreno Park - Laurel Elementary (Facebook).


      Is it a park or a school playground?

        Lagos de Moreno Park is also Laurel Elementary School’s lower grades playground and should receive a D for depressing.

          The 1.5-acre property at Laurel is owned by the Brea Olinda Unified School District, but was dedicated as a city park nearly 45 years ago when Lagos de Moreno became Brea’s first sister city.

            Until 2004, the school district and the city had a joint-use agreement for the park, but never renewed it. Regardless, Superintendent Skip Roland and Community Services Director Chris Emeterio indicated that the two entities still honor the former agreement and the public is welcome to use the park after school hours.

              A Google search shows Lagos de Moreno Park at Flower and Birch streets. The city’s website refers to it as a shared-used park at Laurel Elementary School.

                Diane Stites and Mary Martinez, Laurel PTA representatives, have worked for several years to bring attention and help in renovating the park/playground.

                  In 2007, Laurel’s PTA had $5,000 for playground equipment and began discussions with the school district and city about support and options. They applied for grants and sought community support.

                    Around 2010, the PTA joined an online Pepsi Grant Competition with other parks in need around the country, but they didn’t win.

                      In the meantime, the park/playground doesn’t look as if it belongs in a city noted for its attractive, modern parks. Years ago, there were barbecues and picnic areas in the park, instead of play equipment that looks leftover from the 1960s. There are no drinking fountains or restrooms. Even worse, it is not handicap-accessible from the Flower/Birch entrance with stairs.

                        On Aug. 21, a community meeting was jointly held by the city and school district. Approximately 50 people attended, including four City Council members, school board members and one council candidate plus a few Laurel teachers and their new principal, Heather Bojorquez.

                          Emeterio and Roland conducted the meeting. They showed a rendering of early concept plans for the park/playground and explained that although there was no district funding, the meeting’s purpose was to gather input on what the community wants for the park. Roland estimated that a first phase would cost between $90,000 and $120,000 and would include closing the present entrance and putting in an accessible one from the alley parking area.

                            Some attendees asked questions regarding the funding sources and made suggestions for amenities such as drinking fountains, restrooms and safer play areas with some type of shading.

                              “Recognizing the outreach meeting was the first chance for stakeholders to review preliminary plans for a new, improved park, I absolutely think this project provides a great opportunity for the city and the school district to partner together for the benefit of Laurel students as well as the entire community,” Councilwoman Christine Marick said.

                                The city and Brea Olinda Unified have other shared-use parks, such as Brea Junior High School, Country Hills Park and the Brea Sports Park.

                                  Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. She gives her perspective on Brea issues twice a month. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink.net.

  • Community Forum Date set for Lagos de Moreno Park Revitalization Project

    4 years ago by

    Lagos de Moreno Park 2014


      You are invited to the Community Engagement Forum

        Revitalize Lagos De Moreno Park - Laurel Elementary "Lower" Playground Project

          When: Thursday

            August 21, 2014

              6:00 – 8:00pm

                Where: Laurel Elementary Cafeteria

                  Who: All are welcome

                    Please bring your children & grandchildren - It's their park too.

                      It’s your opportunity to give your ideas & opinions to revitalize this Brea City Park & BOUSD school playground.

                        It’s been 20 years since there’s been new play equipment. We think it’s time for a 21st Century Playground-Park that meets ADA accessibility requirements.

                          Our priorities:

                            Shaded Play Equipment

                              Re-do Play Area Surfacing

                                Modern Amenities

                                  Tell us your priorities for this playground-park.

                                    Laurel PTA has been working to revitalize this playground-park for 7 years. We think it's time for this project to be a priority. Let's decide Lagos De Moreno Park-Laurel School Lower Playground’s future together.

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