Crabb, an NCAA National Player of the Year with Long Beach State’s men’s volleyball team, was slated to compete in beach volleyball.
Last year, Benitez was passed over for the position, drawing criticism from prominent politicians like Mayor Robert Garcia to State Sen. Lena Gonzalez.
“The reality is that our summer program this year, the number of students enrolled is larger than many school districts in the state of California.”
Amid the pandemic, the LBUSD feared a dire financial picture, but increased state funding and $150 million in one-time COVID relief money reversed that.
LBUSD’s classified staff—such as maintenance workers, instructional aides and nutrition workers—say they deserve larger raises after putting themselves in harm’s way.
“I got that closure that I needed to say that this was my career and I can feel good about what I did,” said Nancy Hoyt, who is retiring from Carver Elementary.
A survey showed just 3.1% of LBUSD teachers have “very high” morale going into the summer, with 59% marking “low” or “very low.”
This year’s ceremony was held virtually, so Long Beach teachers were honored the way they spent much of their jobs recently: via Zoom.
The superintendent recently said the LBUSD, “will be pushing to have all students return to in-person instruction for full-day, full-program experiences.” But some uncertainty remains.
The Long Beach Unified School District has rescheduled its Board of Education meeting about the budget to start two hours earlier than originally planned.