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  • On July 18, 2017, Mrs. Cheryl Taylor, former Vice President of the Governing Board of the Duarte Unified School District, filed notice with the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools that she would resign as a member of the Governing Board effective July 31, 2017. At its meeting of July 20, 2017, the Board took action to follow the appointment procedure permitted by Education Code Section 5091 to fill the vacancy.

    At a special meeting on September 5, 2017, the Governing Board took action to provisionally appoint Dr. Irene Murray to fill the vacancy. Dr. Murray earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University. She also holds a master’s degree in education from California State University Los Angeles and doctorial degree in education from Pepperdine University. Dr. Murray has over 27 years of K-12 experience in school districts and charter schools. During this time she has served as a teacher, Math Specialist, Title 1 Coordinator, Dean, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Dr. Murray has also worked as an adjunct professor for two universities in the education department. In addition to her experience in the field of education, Dr. Murray is a business owner in Duarte, a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and her own child attended Duarte schools.

    Irene Murray is conferred with all powers and duties of a governing board member immediately following her provisional appointment. Unless a petition calling for a special election, containing a sufficient number of signatures is filed in the office of Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools within 30 days of the date of Irene Murray’s provisional appointment, hers shall become an effective appointment, and Dr. Murray will serve as a member of the Governing Board for the remainder of the vacated term through the next regularly scheduled election of November 2018. View Notice and Duration of Provisional Appointment of Board Member public announcement here.

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    Through the unique partnership our district has cultivated with the California School of the Arts (CSArts), Duarte Unified has launched a premier dance and movement program taught by industry professionals from Elements Dance Space studio located in Pasadena, California. It is the first comprehensive dance program in this region offered to all students in Grades TK-8 at every school in the district. Ten dance instructors who are all highly trained professionals with experience working within the industry as well as teaching all levels and ages of students and adults, instruct the classes. The dance program exposes students to a range of dance genres during bi-weekly sessions ranging from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the age level. These include hip hop, ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern dance styles. Click on headline above for more...

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    Engineer Your World (EYW™) is a high school course offered in only 200 schools nation-wide and DHS is the only school providing this class in the San Gabriel Valley. Developed with funding from the National Science Foundation by a team of University of Texas faculty and NASA engineers, EYW™ engages students in authentic engineering practices in a project-based environment. Students are expected to develop engineering design skills by building them along with the necessary habits of mind through exploration and discovery. By joining forces with EYW™, our students will be empowered to discover and explore interests, imagine and design solutions to real-world challenges, and become independent, confident problem solvers. Learn more at engineeryourworld.org. Click Headline above for more...

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    We are excited to announce that our very own Cantabile Show Choir, Duarte High School's advanced choir ensemble, has been selected to participate in a Broadway Residency with Manhattan Concert Productions this coming February, 2018. The students will venture to New York City to perform with professional Broadway actors on stage at the iconic Carnegie Hall accompanied by the New York City Chamber Orchestra. There is a $2000 fee per choir member to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which covers the cost of transportation, accommodations, meals and educational activities. Our students are seeking financial sponsors to help with tuition. Click on headline above for more...

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    DUSD announced the appointment of Mr. Scott Moses as Principal and Ms. Char Wilson as Assistant Principal of the Northview 8th Grade Village for the 2017-18 school year. Mr. Moses replaced Dr. Mark Newell, who retired effective August 30. Dr. Newell is to be commended for guiding Northview through a pivotal transition year during 2016-17 that included the solidification of the partnership with the California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley (CSArts). “I wish Mark all the best and a much deserved rest as he enters the next stage in his life,” said Superintendent Allan Mucerino. “And, I am confident that Scott has the skills and experience needed to step up and be the new Principal for the Northview 8th Grade Village during this landmark year.” Click on headline above for more...

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    Duarte High School students who meet admissions requirements will receive guaranteed admittance to APU, a $10,000 renewable scholarship, application fee waiver, and support with the application process. “On behalf of our Board of Education, staff, students and their families, we look forward to this exciting opportunity with APU,” said Mucerino. “Along with our recent partnership with the California School of the Arts, this agreement with APU demonstrates Duarte’s commitment to advance its school district and increase the success of its students while promoting a college bound culture.” The agreement begins fall 2017 and also includes this year’s graduates who met the program’s academic requirements. Click on Headline above to learn more...

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