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New School Year Begins On The Westside:

Students on the Westside in grades Kindergarten through twelfth grade have either begun the new school year or will begin it shortly.

The Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District began their classes today. In an interview with the Mirror The District’s Director of Human Resources, Gabe Soumakian stated that roughly 100 teachers have been hired by the District, leaving only one teaching position open. Others have either been hired or moved from other District positions into administrative positions.

Donna Muncey is the new Chief Academic Officer, Maureen Bradford is the new Director of Education Services and Amy Fowler is the new coordinator of teacher support. All of them previously had other assignments in the District.

The three new Principals are Irene Gonzales at McKinley Elementary School, Robert Horton, teaching principal at the new District Community Day School and Edison Language Academy’s Principal Lori Orum. There are also two new assistant principals and two interim principals.

District officials will release enrollment figures later this week.

Venice High School which is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) started school on September 6 with 3,500 students. Palisades Charter High School and Magnet School began today with 2,300 in the Charter School and 500 in the Magnet School. Canyon Elementary School opened with 340 students.Santa Monica’s Concord High School will open on October 1 with 100 students. Crossroads in Santa Monica opened today with a K-12 student body of 1,141. New Roads, another private Santa Monica high school, will open on Thursday with 542 students. Saint Monica’s High School opened on August 24 with 580 students while their elementary school on September 1 with 281 students.

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