Members of San Marino Unified School District’s governing board had two important meetings to attend on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
One, however, was a little out of the norm.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich invited the school board and Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss to his group’s weekly 9:30 a.m. meeting in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration.
There, Antonovich presented each board member with a proclamation for the district’s many years of success.
“For the past two years, the State of California has administered the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress test to determine the percentage of students in a school district that meet or exceed state standards,” Antonovich said. “Each of these two years, San Marino has ranked as the school district with the highest percentage of students meeting and exceeding standards.”
Antonovich also noted the SMUSD’s previous 12 years as the top-ranked unified school district in California.
San Marino School Board President Nam Jack addressed the crowded chambers.
“On behalf of the San Marino Unified School District, we would like to thank Supervisor Antonovich and the Board of Supervisors for this honor and recognition,” said Jack. “As we all know, for anything to be successful, for anything to be rewarding, it takes a lot of time, it takes a lot of effort, and it takes a lot of dedicated people so we accept this honor as an acknowledgment of our 3,000 students, 175 teachers, 250 classified employees, Superintendent, Alex Cherniss, and his staff. They are all amazing, they are all outstanding. We are so proud of all of them.”
Antonovich, who is being termed out after 36 years as District 5 Supervisor, is a candidate for the 25th state senate district. He had the last word in honoring Cherniss and the board.
“Under your leadership, we know that the school district is in good hands,” said Antonovich. “We look forward to your continued success and appreciate your efforts to provide quality education for your students.”
San Marino High School graduate Kathryn Barger, chief deputy supervisor to Antonovich who is running for his office, joined the San Marino contingent for photographs of the occasion.