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By Mona Shadia | October 22, 2012
Two Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley teachers were among five honored with the 2013 Orange County Teachers of the Year award during a celebration Oct. 19 at the Disneyland Hotel, according to the Orange County Department of Education. John H. Wood, who teaches at Talbert Middle School in the Fountain Valley School District, and Deanna Zamiska, who teaches at Peterson Elementary School in the Huntington Beach City School District, each received $15,000 from the Dr. James Hines Foundation, said Sharon Nelson, Orange County Department of Education coordinator of academic events.
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September 27, 2012
The sentencing for two former teachers who pleaded guilty to sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy has been postponed to Nov. 1. Daniel Shepard and his wife Gay Davidson-Shepard, both of Huntington Beach, were scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning at West Justice Center in Westminster. Judge John S. Adams agreed to postpone the action after the prosecution objected to the proposed sentence. The extension, Adams said, would give the court time to review the motion and give the defense time to respond.
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By Michael Miller | September 26, 2012
The Orange County district attorney's office plans to object to the proposed sentence for two former teachers who pleaded guilty to having sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy. Deputy District Attorney Nicole Varner said her office will file its objection at the hearing Thursday morning of Daniel Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard. The Huntington Beach couple is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. at the West Justice Center in Westminster. Varner declined comment on the sentence her office would recommend for the Shepards, but said the couple had worked out a plea deal with Judge John S. Adams that comprised three years' formal probation, counseling and 60 days of community service.
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From the Los Angeles Times | August 30, 2012
Two married teachers in Huntington Beach were convicted Thursday of having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 17-year-old high school student they repeatedly invited to their home for evenings of playing board games, watching movies and drinking alcohol. Daniel Alma Shepard, 63, and his wife, Gay Davidson-Shepard, 60, pleaded guilty to multiple felony and misdemeanor charges related to the sexual relationship with a minor, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.
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By Chris Epting | July 9, 2012
"The hardest things are questions about the time - about what she endured in the last eight, 12 hours. He has admitted to nothing. And that is hard because the imagination is worse than any reality - and then there is the place where she was found. " Erin Runnion and I were having a cup of tea in Huntington Beach last week and she was describing, in part, what inspired a journey she had made several days before to an outpost along the Ortega Highway - to the spot where her daughter Samantha's body was discovered 10 years ago, brutally murdered after being abducted the day before at her home in Stanton by a man named Alejandro Avila (who is now deservedly on death row)
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By John Briscoe | July 3, 2012
As the only independent on the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees, I am frequently asked why I vote no. I am writing to explain recent events from my perspective. I voted no on classroom size increase. Ocean View district administration has contrived to save money by increasing kindergarten-through-third-grade class sizes from 24 to 29. This action saves money by eliminating teachers. Several hundred community members and teachers have appeared at recent board meetings to testify.
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By Mona Shadia | June 15, 2012
A lawsuit has been filed against the Pegasus School in Huntington Beach by an HIV-positive teacher who claims he was harassed and then forced to quit under threat. Science teacher and Irvine resident Matthew Edmondson is accusing the head of the school and its middle school director of discriminating against him, creating a hostile work environment and verbally abusing him, among other work-related violations. He is demanding a jury trial. Edmondson's allegations were denied by Head of School John Zurn, who said Pegasus will defend itself.
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By Mona Shadia | June 13, 2012
A group of Marina High School seniors from two departments collaborated and built a house for the future. About 30 students from the Construction Technology and Advanced Placement Environmental Science departments incorporated scientific techniques to build the 20-by-16-foot house that provides natural lighting almost year round, and saves and generates energy without a single solar panel. The house was built with passive solar techniques that cool it down during the summer and heat it during the winter, said construction teacher Bob Meade.
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June 8, 2012
I believe that education should be a top priority. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Sacramento. Once again in 2012, the governor's budget proposes cutting education so that more money can go into social service programs. This year, like years before, my Republican colleagues and I found some areas that can be cut back to help protect education. In March, we proposed a "Roadmap to Protect Classrooms and Taxpayers" to avoid any tax increases and to protect schools. However, rather than using this roadmap to avoid cuts in education, the governor's revised budget instead takes $2 billion worth of these solutions to fund other priorities.
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By Michael Miller | May 22, 2012
The Ocean View School District may eliminate as many as 38 teachers for the coming school year as it continues to struggle with budget cuts and class-size increases. The district recently issued 64 layoff notices to temporary teachers, and only 26 of them may return this fall, Supt. William Loose said. The announcement came days after a heated school board meeting at which dozens of teachers, students and parents decried Ocean View's recent decision to boost class sizes from 24 to 29 students in the lower grades.
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