La Mirada High School Parents Want to...

La Mirada High School Parents Want to Ensure Academics at Top of the List

There are 39 comments on the Los Cerritos Community News story from Mar 1, 2012, titled La Mirada High School Parents Want to Ensure Academics at Top of the List. In it, Los Cerritos Community News reports that:

NLMUSD Board Member Chris Pflanzer foreground left, listens attentively at the La Mirada High School parent's meeting focusing on academics.

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Grateful

Whittier, CA

#21 May 9, 2012
Watching wrote:
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You are correct, the adult school did not receive thousands and thousands in supplies yet they were charged for them. Fact
Parents cant get involved in something they dont know exists. The other thing is even if the information is out there, the majority of parents either dont know what to do about it, are intimidated by other parents or administration, dont have the time, encounter language barriers, or simply dont care. Fact
I cant remember the last time I actually sat on my couch. Fact
Thanks Watching. We are so lucky to have such a concerned unbiased person to point out all of these criminal offenses. With all of your inside knowledge and investigative techniques we now know the truth. Now that you have spread the word and shown the light I can see the district firing all of those involved and returning the money that was stolen from your little Johnny! Thanks for saving us it is people like you that make this such a great community to live in.
Wondering

La Mirada, CA

#22 May 9, 2012
I heard there was a fraud investigation involving Greene (Bentons principle) while she was at the HS in Texas, anyone know if that is true?

And she is 100% only interested in a select group of kids! It's that group of kids her own are in. Funds should be divided equally...performing arts and athletics. But that's not going to happen with her in charge
La Mirada Dad

Los Angeles, CA

#23 May 10, 2012
Actually Watching is not alone.
I too have observed the actions of the Greene group for the last 5 or so years.
It will be interesting to see if she follows her son to LMHS or develops a program at Benton to serve high school age kids. Sort of like a magnet high school for her son and others in her special arts group.
LM Parent

Norwalk, CA

#24 May 10, 2012
La Mirada Dad wrote:
Actually Watching is not alone.
I too have observed the actions of the Greene group for the last 5 or so years.
It will be interesting to see if she follows her son to LMHS or develops a program at Benton to serve high school age kids. Sort of like a magnet high school for her son and others in her special arts group.
I have had two students go through both La Pluma and now Benton. I have been very pleased with their experience. Getting to participate in band and have an Art teacher in Elementary school was awesome. I have received flyers and postcards from ABC school district touting their Magnet school programs and trying to convince us to leave NLMUSD for ABC. I think that if you do not progress you will be left behind and I think schools are paid per student, so everyone who leaves for another district is like $8,000 dollars lost. Do the math, those students who go to Troy, ABC school district, La Habra and private school is more money lost for our children. I give Profs to both Mrs. Greene and NLMUSD for making the corrections necessary to compete for students and bring additional revenue to the district. This in turn helps all the students in NLMUSD. Change is scary but necessary!
LM Parent

Norwalk, CA

#25 May 10, 2012
Wondering wrote:
I heard there was a fraud investigation involving Greene (Bentons principle) while she was at the HS in Texas, anyone know if that is true?

And she is 100% only interested in a select group of kids! It's that group of kids her own are in. Funds should be divided equally...performing arts and athletics. But that's not going to happen with her in charge
Not sure if what you "heard" is a fact, but the truth is
athletics are no longer part of the equation at any public school. In OC students now pay-to-play. Some schools in LA have no after-school sports at all in middle school and many high schools no longer have freshmen programs. Many districts do not even pay coaches anymore and those that do, barely pay enough to pay for gas to events. My kids only took the bus to league events, any tournaments, non league contests and all the summer, spring, and fall league games, they were on their own. It is a sad state of affairs in education today!
LM Parent too

Buena Park, CA

#26 May 10, 2012
I hope she does go to LMHS with her son
the cat fight for power between her and Biondi
would be legendary
Watching

Los Angeles, CA

#27 May 10, 2012
Grateful wrote:
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Thanks Watching. We are so lucky to have such a concerned unbiased person to point out all of these criminal offenses. With all of your inside knowledge and investigative techniques we now know the truth. Now that you have spread the word and shown the light I can see the district firing all of those involved and returning the money that was stolen from your little Johnny! Thanks for saving us it is people like you that make this such a great community to live in.
Your welcome. Since you injoyed my post so much I've included the "uses of VAPA grant money" document. You'll note that this is intended for "per pupil". Benton makes the students test to be included which is illegal and they also call VAPA "GATE". Two totally different programs. These students in this group have been using money from at least four other large grants intended for every student. The money spent on these handful of students is mind blowing. Phlanzer's kid is one of them. There is nothing courageous about that man. See Post re VAPA grant money and thank your for your support.
Watching

Los Angeles, CA

#28 May 10, 2012
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS (VAPA)-$105 MILLION
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS (VAPA) AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION -$500MILLION
Consultants to contact for further information:
Nancy Carr Visual and Performing Arts [email protected]
Diane Wilson-Graham: Physical Education [email protected]
$105 million Arts and Music Block Grant (AB 1811) AS OF 4-24-07
1. on-going funding allocated to school districts/charters/county offices of education programs based upon school
enrollment data; 75% payment was made early January based upon 2005-2006 school enrollment data with the
remaining 25% anticipated to be paid out late June, 2007 based upon 2006-2007 school enrollment data
2. schools with 20 or fewer students will provide the district with $2,500 contribution to the district warrant
3. schools with 21 or more students will provide the district with no less than $4,000 contribution to the district warrant
4. this apportionment turned out to be $15.94 per pupil when School Fiscal Services completed computation of the data
5. there is no deadline for spending this money
6. there is no direction of the proportion of funds that need to be provided dance, music, theatre and/or visual arts
7. it is hoped there is collaborative decision making among district administration, principals, department chairs and
teachers of dance, music, theatre and visual arts
8. these funds are to supplement, not supplant expenditures for dance, music, theatre and visual arts
9. these funds are for kindergarten, and grades one to twelve inclusive
10.there are three basic uses of these funds:
a) professional development for generalist teachers (content and sequential standards-based learning instruction), for
single subject teachers of dance, music, theatre and visual arts (sequential standards-based learning units of
instruction - here's the opportunity to have teachers take long used units and morph them to sequential standards-
base instructional learning) and administrators
b) hiring credentialed NLCB compliant dance, music, theatre & visual arts teachers or coordinator for VAPA
c) acquisition of sequential standards-based learning instruction supplies, books and equipment
11. listing of apportionments for this fund may be found at www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r14/artmusic06result.asp
Watching

Los Angeles, CA

#29 May 10, 2012
$500 million Arts, Music and Physical Education Grant
(AB 1802 and SB 1131) AS OF 4-24-07
1. one-time funds allocated to districts/charters/county offices of education programs based upon average daily
attendance data; letters went out to county superintendents April 24, 2007 and first warrants
of 75% payment to be made two-four weeks later; final 25% payment anticipated to be paid in late June,
2007; both payments based upon 2005-2006 average daily attendance
2. districts are guaranteed an allocation of no less than $2,500 for each of their schools and have the responsibility to
expend no less than $2,500 per school site
3. if districts manage a school's apportionment they have to evidence expenditures of no less than $2,500 a school site.
4. there is no deadline for spending this money
5. there is no direction re proportion of fund distribution for dance, music, theatre, visual arts or physical education
6. it is hoped there is collaborative decision making amongst district administrators, principals, department chairs, and
teachers of dance, music, theatre, visual arts and physical education
7. these funds are for kindergarten and grades one to twelve inclusive
8. these funds are for 10 a) and 10 c) as noted above for the $105 million
9. listing of apportionments for this fund may be found at www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r14/artsmusicperesult.as...
**********
Watching

Los Angeles, CA

#30 May 10, 2012
*Professional development includes: generalist training (content plus learning sequential standards-based instruction),
singles subject dance, music, theatre and visual arts (and physical education) training (teachers are needing to work on
instruction to sequential standards-based learning); evaluating district arts education plans; up-dating or writing district
arts education plans; writing of curriculum (textbooks support the curriculum but are not the curriculum; curriculum
developed around the standards). If a district has structured professional development including year-long collaborative
participation, they may consider conferences within the larger professional development package; if there is no
constructed larger plan, conferences in and of themselves are not considered professional development (see NCLB
guidelines on professional development)
*The % a district may take may be found at www.cde.ca.gov/fg/ac/ic . It is that percentage and no more.
*If a district utilized Instructional Materials funds for books, those must be state adopted texts (2006 adoptions for K-8
vocal music, visual arts and theatre); book purchased with $105M/$500M funds need not be state adopted texts.
*Supplies & equipment do not include buses for transportation or tickets for performances or the hiring of outside
people to deliver the instruction (since California requires that credentialed teachers deliver instruction and in the
case of the four arts, they need to be NCLB compliant credentialed teachers) or fees to enter competitions or festivals.
Supplies are quickly consumed or have short life span; equipment is anything one plugs in, class sets of items,
instruments, items of larger value.; are portable,; not permanent items so that precludes a new all weather track, new
floor in the dance studio (though a portable or Marley floor would be okay) as they are improvement of site, school
facility or building expenditures since they would be attached to the land, nailed down, screwed/bolted in/on, concreted
in and are now part of the permanent school structure or in permanent form and are not supplies or equipment.
Watching

Los Angeles, CA

#31 May 10, 2012
LM Parent wrote:
<quoted text>
I have had two students go through both La Pluma and now Benton. I have been very pleased with their experience. Getting to participate in band and have an Art teacher in Elementary school was awesome. I have received flyers and postcards from ABC school district touting their Magnet school programs and trying to convince us to leave NLMUSD for ABC. I think that if you do not progress you will be left behind and I think schools are paid per student, so everyone who leaves for another district is like $8,000 dollars lost. Do the math, those students who go to Troy, ABC school district, La Habra and private school is more money lost for our children. I give Profs to both Mrs. Greene and NLMUSD for making the corrections necessary to compete for students and bring additional revenue to the district. This in turn helps all the students in NLMUSD. Change is scary but necessary!
All it did was crowd classrooms. The money brought in by these students is not getting spent on the students. Why do you think programs are getting cut? Now our students have to share an already overstretched dollar even more with higher enrollment. Except for Benton's 30 select students. Their IPADs were "given" to them two years ago.
Watching

Los Angeles, CA

#32 May 10, 2012
LM Parent wrote:
<quoted text>
Not sure if what you "heard" is a fact, but the truth is
athletics are no longer part of the equation at any public school. In OC students now pay-to-play. Some schools in LA have no after-school sports at all in middle school and many high schools no longer have freshmen programs. Many districts do not even pay coaches anymore and those that do, barely pay enough to pay for gas to events. My kids only took the bus to league events, any tournaments, non league contests and all the summer, spring, and fall league games, they were on their own. It is a sad state of affairs in education today!
This is the kind of misinformation that make parents believe it is acceptable to cut afterschool sports and coaching staff. The district was givinn another huge grant for afterschool programs. La Pluma used some of this grant money to give the 6th grade "academy" students (the same ones we are refering to now at Benton coming into LMHS next year) a beautiful graduation ceremony at the La Mirada Golf Course. In fact Phlanzer's youngest daughter was the "validictorian" and gave a speech. The district celebrated with them. Again, a gross missappropriation off funds.
Watching

Los Angeles, CA

#33 May 10, 2012
from Benton's Gate website:

How are students identified?

Students scoring 550 & above on the CSTs are identified as GATE High Achiever.

Intellectual and High Achieving Gifted students can also be identified by scoring in the top 11% of nationally norm-referenced tests, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) and Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). The students' performance on these tests is evaluated along with other multiple measures.

Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA) GATE students are identified through audition and portfolio evaluation.

Who is tested?

All students who have scored Advanced on the CSTs in grades 5-7. Students may also be referred for testing by teachers and/or parents who have completed a Nomination Form.
huh

United States

#34 May 10, 2012
Watching wrote:
<quoted text>
This is the kind of misinformation that make parents believe it is acceptable to cut afterschool sports and coaching staff. The district was givinn another huge grant for afterschool programs. La Pluma used some of this grant money to give the 6th grade "academy" students (the same ones we are refering to now at Benton coming into LMHS next year) a beautiful graduation ceremony at the La Mirada Golf Course. In fact Phlanzer's youngest daughter was the "validictorian" and gave a speech. The district celebrated with them. Again, a gross missappropriation off funds.
The community voted Phlanzer in. School board is his only "real" job. Reap what you sow.
ricky lake

Los Angeles, CA

#36 May 11, 2012
huh wrote:
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The community voted Phlanzer in. School board is his only "real" job. Reap what you sow.
oh pleeze school board is the only REAL JOB this man has had in 12 years. his wife was hired full time by green at benton teaching photography and she won a scholarship thru the district to complete her masters degree in math. no doubt green will hire her at the high school when she gets there. their kids were fed free lunches thru the district for 12 years and he goes on a week long science camp trip to malibu. only the "special" kids got to go on that trip. the rest of us went to arrowhead. and now that i think about it, how did phlanzers and the other kids in this group afford to go to every single science adventures all those years. I know i couldnt afford all the classes. most of those kids got free lunch. does anyone know if they even had to pay? ill join a lawsuit if i find out these kids didnt pay for crap and their creepy pta moms used the money i raised to pay for their own kids. im going to look at la plumas yearboo for 2008 and up, i dont have bentons though.
watching

Los Angeles, CA

#38 May 11, 2012
LM Res wrote:
<quoted text> Wow, these sound like serious accusations. I hope this all gets cleared before new administration takes over.There has to be a balance between sports and performing arts. It can't be all one sided. Kids need to be able to choose. Who are the select few your refering to that have been given grant funds but not others? What area? Just curious since you put it out there.
Get your hands on the La Pluma yearbook for 2009/2010. they would be the students in that 6th grade class. Match the names of the parents running the pta, school site then match the names with the kids in the 6th grade class. PTA donated at least 15,000 towards a program only their students participated in and from money the school raised by the entire studend body. The same pta phlanzer was auditor for. Nice. They continued to do the same thing over at Benton. These kids are now going to be freshmen. Guess who is becoming board members over at LMHS and lets see if there is a change in principals also. I say absolutely.
watching

Los Angeles, CA

#39 May 12, 2012
Parent who cares wrote:
<quoted text>
La Pluma had a sixth grade class for two years. Three other schools also had a sixth grade class. Norwalk schools receive far more money than La Mirada schools. Check the board minutes for how much is allocated to each school. It is all there. I think parents like you should get involved and change things if you think they are not right! But I guess it is easier to throw out baseless comments on some forum than actually participate in your child's education! If you aren't part of the solution.....
By the way brainiac, the other schools with the sixth grade class is working under the same umbrella of funds as the La Pluma group. The middle school they fed into was Corvallis. There were costs involved to create 6th grade classes yet that same year look how many district employees lost their jobs and how many programs got cut from our schools including weekly district team sports? Where did the money come from to pay for the costs to run these 6th grade classes? What was their ciriculum? My guess is the education given in those classrooms was custom and all new materials were purchased including books. I know the PTA at La Pluma paid for the students to have matching shirts. But it was for their kids and to hell with the rest of the students who actually raised the money.

The 6th grade classes were paid for with grant money from at least four different funds every student is entitled to, PTA donations, and the money students paid to take afterschool classes.

Baseless my ass. you have to look beyond the minutes. I've got the expenditures.
Fishy

Downey, CA

#40 May 12, 2012
Gee, "Watching" sure seems to know alot...hmmmmmmmmmmm could that be from a new board member???
There is so much being allowed to go on in this district..it just amazes us.
LM Parent

Whittier, CA

#41 May 12, 2012
Fishy wrote:
Gee, "Watching" sure seems to know alot...hmmmmmmmmmmm could that be from a new board member???
There is so much being allowed to go on in this district..it just amazes us.
Sounds like a disgruntled employee. Where were they when they claim this all started? I guess they where "Whatching and waiting for just the right moment.

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