The school has served as an after-hours playground to the Belmont Heights neighborhood for decades but now a fence could prevent neighbors from using it.
We sat down with Long Beach Unified Superintendent Chris Steinhauser, 60, who was appointed in 2002. He is the longest-serving big-city school superintendent in the state and one of the longest serving in the nation.
As the district prepares for a new school year, there are some twinges of uncertainty over who will lead when Chris Steinhauser, entering his 18th year as superintendent, finally decides to call it quits. The imminent retirement of two board members, Williams and Jon Meyer, adds to that feeling.
Yuen credited her teacher with making the transition to a new culture an easier process through her kindness and guidance.
The North Long Beach teacher learned Nancy Yuen, an immigrant from Taiwan, had never had a birthday party—so she gave her one. The memory had a lasting impact on Yuen, now a writer and speaker on race in media.