Westchester High School is forging a new path, as one of the first schools in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to join the iDesign (Innovation Division) Schools.

Parents, community members and teachers recognize the need for reform at the school, and have begun an intense effort to make it happen. A “Transition Team” has been working all summer to bridge the gap between being completely under L.A. Unified’s control and having a good measure of autonomy and decision-making authority. Westchester High School will, after an election process has been determined, create a governing body that will make these decisions.

Since this is new and exciting territory, the Transition Team has had to learn quickly about school budgeting, hiring and programs to help improve academic performance and school culture. The team must present information and recommendations to the school community in the fall, so that a governing council can be formed and real work can begin.

The Transition Team includes not only parents and teachers working together, but also community members, such as Loyola Marymount University (LMU) staff, and a representative from the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce.

This partnership brings the new perspective of the business community to local education and promises a truly innovative future.

The public is invited to a presentation about school governance at the Westchester/Playa del Rey Education Foundation meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 7th, at the Municipal Building, 7166 Manchester Ave., in Westchester.

Samantha Brown, an Education Pioneer Fellow on loan to LMU for the summer, will present information to Transition Team members from all schools, and anyone else who is interested.

Because governing a school requires commitment from many interested parties, especially parents, the Transition Team will greet new and returning parents at a Registration Fair to be held as their children register from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday, August 14th, 15th, 18th and 19th. Parents or other interested community members are welcome to stop by during that time to learn more about what’s happening at the school, sign up for email communications, and join the effort.

JET TO JETTY — The Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation and the Parking Spot will present Airport Marina Counseling Service’s 24th Annual Jet to Jetty on Saturday, August 23rd, at Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey.

Jet to Jetty participants will enjoy the 10K Run, 5K Walk/ Run, Team Competition, Kids 1K Fun Run and 10- or 20-mile Family Bike Ride, as well as booths and prizes.

Gates will open at 6:30 a.m. for registration and packet pickup.

The Family Bike Ride will begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K Walk/Run kicks off at 8 a.m., with the 10k Run at 8:30 a.m., and the 1K Kids Fun Run at 9:30 a.m.

The 5K and 10K events start on Vista del Mar, with the finish line in the beach parking lot.

Jet to Jetty festivities will include food, lots of water, prizes, and fun exhibitors.

The race will also offer a drawing for a Hawaiian vacation trip to Maui, with an eight-day/seven-night stay at Maui’s Royal Lahaina Resort, $500 hotel restaurant credit and roundtrip airfare, made possible by a gift from the William H. Hannon Foundation.

Early registration is available between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, August 16th, and from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, August 22nd. Registration and packet pickup are available at the Top to Top Athletic Footwear & Apparel Store, 4224 Lincoln Blvd. Marina del Rey area.

Runners can also register on-line at www.w2promo.com/.

Fees are $25 for 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run through Saturday, August 16th, and $30 afterwards; $15 per bike for the Family Bike Ride; and $10 per child for the 1K Kids Fun Run.

All participants will get a free Jet to Jetty T-shirt. Parking is available for $1 at Dockweiler Beach lot on the day of the race.

Karen Dial, president of the H.B. Drollinger Company, will be the grand marshal, and proceeds from this event will benefit Westchester’s Airport Marina Counseling Service, a nonprofit community-based clinic that has provided mental health services in the community since 1961.

Information, Airport Marina Counseling Service, (310) 670-1410.

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