The Del Rey Homeowners & Neighbors Association fall general meeting will allow residents to meet the leaders of all of the area’s Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) campuses and to hear from their local school board representative, Marlene Canter.

Entitled “Making the Grade: A Forum on Del Rey’s Public Schools,” the event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 24th, at the Playa del Rey Elementary School auditorium, 12221 Juniette St. at the corner of Centinela Avenue.

The participating schools will have display tables outside the auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“Many of our board members have noticed young families moving into our neighborhoods,” noted Chris Nevil, Del Rey Homeowners & Neighbors Association president. “These parents need to know about the wonderful educators and programs available to their children at our local public schools.

“The improvement of our LAUSD campuses is an important factor in the quality of life and perceived value of our community,” Nevil continued. “This will be a rare opportunity to hear from the leadership of our schools at both the campus and district levels.”

School principals who will make presentations at the event include Karin Diskin, Playa del Rey Elementary School; Pamela Williams, Stoner Avenue Elementary School; Deborah Brandy, Braddock Drive Elementary School and Highly Gifted Magnet School; Stephanie Harris, Short Avenue Elementary School; Erick Mata, Marina del Rey Middle School and Performing Arts Magnet; and Jan Davis, Venice High School and Language Magnet.

The principals’ remarks will be followed by comments from Canter, LAUSD board member for District Four and former board president.

“I’d like to thank the Del Rey Homeowners & Neighbors Association for providing a community forum to highlight the progress our local schools have made in recent years,” Canter stated. “Events like these are invaluable tools in bringing local students back into our public schools. I appreciate their efforts tremendously.”

The public is invited and there is no charge to attend.

Information, the association’s Web site,