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Lafayette School Board Forum

The Lafayette School PTA has organized an event for the public to hear from the candidates for the Lafayette School Board.

The Lafayette School Board Candidates’ Forum will be held this Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:00 p.m., in the Stanley Middle School Library.

All four candidates for the Lafayette School Board are expected to be in attendance at the forum. The four candidates are Jean Follmer, Quinlan Tom, Nancy Wallace and Don Wolff.

The event will start with each candidate having an opening statement. That will be followed with a question and answer session.

Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2012
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Cunnane granted $1.5 million in restitution

Kristen Cunnane was granted $1.5 million in restitution by a judge Friday for the crimes committed against her by her former Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School teacher.

Cunnane’s former P.E. teacher, Julie Correa, pleaded no contest to four charges against her during the criminal trial last year. Correa had been charged with 23 total felony sex crimes for her sexual abuse of Cunnane over a four-year period beginning in 1996. Correa was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Although Cunnane was granted $1.5 million in restitution, she is unlikely to see anywhere near that amount due to Correa’s prison sentence and financial standing. Cunnane has received the first two checks totaling just $24 from the Department of Corrections on behalf of Correa.

Posted on Saturday, October 20th, 2012
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Civil suit filed against Merrick, Brill and Schrag

The girl who was sexually abused by former Stanley Middle School teacher Michael Merrick is suing Merrick, Lafayette School District Superintendent Fred Brill and Stanley Middle School Principal David Schrag. According to the lawsuit, the victim is asking for money for past and future medical expenses, a punitive award and general damages.

The lawsuit states that previous accusations by students about inappropriate behavior by Merrick were made to Schrag and Brill, but that they did not report these accusations as required by mandated reporting laws. Brill denies that he or anyone else in the district ever received any such accusations.

Merrick is currently serving a sentence of five years and eight months in state prison after pleading guilty to six felonies involving the sexual abuse of a female student. He pleaded guilty on those charges to avoid going to trial on 25 total charges.

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012
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Figuring out Props 30 and 38

The Educational Foundation of Orinda is sponsoring an Education Funding Town Hall this Thursday, Oct. 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Orinda Library Auditorium.

The event will feature a history of state school funding and an overview of Propositions 30 and 38 that appear on November’s ballot. The event will finish up with a panel discussion featuring AUHSD Superintendent John Nickerson, OUSD Superintendent Dr. Joe Jaconette and several other local educational leaders.

Diane Dwyer, NBC Bay Area News anchor and OUSD parent, will be hosting the event.

The event is open to the public.

For more information about the event, visit the EFO’s website at

Posted on Saturday, October 13th, 2012
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College admissions event at Acalanes

Stanley Challenge Success and Lafayette School District Parent Education are sponsoring the event, “The Scoop on the College Admissions Process: Develop Healthy Habits Now for Future Success!” this Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:00 p.m., at the Acalanes Performing Arts Center.

The event will feature Bob Patterson sharing his insight into the college admissions process and how families can start preparing early on for it. Patterson is a former Director of Admissions at Stanford, UC Berkeley and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

The event will also feature a panel discussion and a Q&A session.

Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple and can be purchased online at

Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
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Acalanes volleyball coach, Burton Valley aide arrested

Nicholas Daniel Kalustian, 22, of Martinez, was arrested Friday on suspicion of unlawful sexual conduct with a student, according to police. Kalustian has been working as the JV girls volleyball coach at Acalanes High School and an instructional aide at Burton Valley Elementary School. He has been placed on administrative leave by both schools.

Kalustian was arrested after police were made aware of an alleged relationship between he and a female high school student. The student does not attend Acalanes.

Kalustian was taken to Martinez Detention Facility where he is facing $100,000 bail.

Lafayette Police are asking that anyone with information please call them at 925-283-3680.

Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012
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Cunnane sues Moraga school district

Kristen Cunnane, 30, of Walnut Creek, sued the Moraga School District and three former administrators on Tuesday for their alleged negligence in reporting her being a victim of sexual abuse by two of their former teachers. The three retired administrators named in the lawsuit are former Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School principal Bill Walters, former assistant principal Paul Simonin and former superintendent John Cooley.

Cunnane was raped by her former Joaquin Moraga P.E. teacher, Julie Correa. Correa is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for her actions. Cunnane was also sexually abused by her Joaquin Moraga science teacher, Dan Witters. Witters committed suicide shortly after i accusations against him came to the surface in 1996.

Cunnane has said that she is hoping the lawsuit will continue to bring about changes in the district that will ensure a similar situation won’t happen again.

Cunnane’s full lawsuit against the Moraga School District:

Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
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Lafayette Candidates Forum

The Lafayette Candidates Forum will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:00 p.m., in the Manzanita Room at the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Rd.

The event, sponsored by the Lafayette Homeowners Council, will allow candidates for Lafayette City Council and Lafayette School District’s Board of Governors to speak to the public.

The five candidates for the three open spots on Lafayette’s City Council will be in attendance. They are Mike Anderson, Rob Lobron, Mark Mitchell, Traci Reilly and Yolanda “Jolie” Vega.

All four candidates for the two open spots on the Lafayette School District’s Board of Governors will also be in attendance. They are Jean Follmer, Quinlan Tom, Nancy Wallace and Don Wolf.

Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2012
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Police seeking suspect in suspicious activity near JM

Moraga Police are searching for a man seen near the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School campus asking students if they needed rides.

According to police, the male driver of a gold SUV, possibly with a broken back window, asked a male student at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday if he wanted a ride. When the student said no, the driver, who had been parked on Camino Pablo across from the school, drove off toward Canyon Road.

The same male student reported seeing the same vehicle parked near the school again after school on Thursday.

Police say that the description of the man matches one of a man who reportedly asked a student if they needed a ride two weeks ago near JM.

The suspect is described as a “clean-shaven, college-age white man with a buzz cut hair style.”

Call Moraga police at 925-284-5010 with any information or to report any sightings of the vehicle.

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2012
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Lafayette community celebrates life of Brett Olson

Approximately 1,000 people gathered at Acalanes High School on Tuesday night to hold a vigil to celebrate the life of Brett Olson.

Olson’s body was found Sunday by people fishing in the Sacramento River nearly a week after he went missing during a Labor Day tubing trip with some of his friends.

Olson, a 2010 graduate of Acalanes High School, was remembered by friends and family as a kind, confident and fun-loving guy. Many in attendance at the vigil wore bright colors as a sign of celebrating Olson’s life rather than mourning his death.

Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
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