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Culver City Unified School District Receives Recognition But Loses A Board Member

The Culver City Unified School District has had both good and bad news this last week. On Thursday, California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson was at Culver City High School to nominate the CCUSD as a Green Achiever District and as one of only three districts in the state to compete in the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition program. To counter that good news however, the CCUSD also announced last week that Sue Robins, President of the CCUSD Board of Education, would be resigning her position this month as her family was relocating to Portland Maine.

In conjunction with Ms. Robins’ resignation, the Board accepted applications through March 10th from any Culver City resident interested in being considered for a provisional appointment. Ms. Robins’ term runs through 2018 and anyone filling her spot would be expected to remain on the board for that time. The Culver City Unified School Board will review applications and make a provisional Board Member appointment on Tuesday March 14th at the regularly scheduled Board Meeting. Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, wishes the board luck as they make their decision.

As the School Board looks toward a future without Ms. Robins, the CCUSD is looking forward to May when it will receive its state award, and then July when it will be honored at the Capitol in Washington D.C. as part of its federal recognition. The California Green Ribbon Schools recognition award honors schools that promote health, environmental literacy, and conserve resources. California is one of 25 states that are expected to nominate schools for federal acknowledgment.

The Culver City Unified School District has been a leader in environmental initiatives since October 2010 when the CCUSD Board of Education created the Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC). The ESC is made up of parent volunteers with knowledge and expertise in sustainability, and has helped the District become more environmentally and fiscally stable. It has also focused on helping the student body to be more environmentally literate and responsible.

Board of Education member Kelly Kent states, “CCUSD is working hard to foster a culture of sustainability. When people come to CCUSD’s campuses and see our solar PV arrays, award-winning custom designed sorting stations, Green5 banners and posters, they know the District embraces the responsibility to create a more sustainable world. CCUSD students and staff have cultivated a habit of practicing the Five Rs, and an understanding of what kind of positive impact they are making as a collective community. And, as they go out into the world, they are carrying this knowledge with them.”

Culver City Real Estate benefits from a community that is aware of its environmental footprint. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, appreciates the work the CCUSD does in helping both students and adults learn efficient ways to be better stewards of the area’s resources.