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City Pays Tribute to Longtime Principal

Laguna Niguel Elementary School Principal Ellen Fine will retire at the end of June after 32 years. She was recognized Tuesday night by the City Council for her role, as well as her community volunteering.

The City Council on Tuesday night paid tribute to for her three decades of of service as a community volunteer and educator.

After 32 years with the Capistrano Unified School District, Fine will retire at the end of June. She came to the distict in 1980 as an elementary teaching assistant principal at Las Palmas Elementary School in San Clemente. She has taught every grade from kindergarten through 8th grade and was the founding principal at and Laguna Niguel Elementary schools. In addition to her role as an educator,  Fine has been actively involved in the community for the many years. She is currently a member of the  nd plans to continue her community service after retirement. 

The council also named the new members of its which maintains and updates a teen website, helps to direct volunteer services, employment opportunities including a youth job fair, and community activities. The youth committee also provides input for some city council projects.

It is made up of up to 15 members that are appointed by the City Council. To qualify for the committee, members must be high school students from Laguna Niguel. The new members of the committee are: Nikkolai Bellinghausen, Lauren Daggett, Cole Dieterle, Cierra Djokovich, Kendra Djokovich, Amelia Guesman, MacKenzie Hartung, Tommy Nelson, Tatum Prosswimmer, Benjamin Wang and Spencer French.

 meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the City Council Chambers.

The City Council also:

  • Recognized Ryan Lindeborg and Meaghan Hurr as recipients of the Disneyland Resort Scholarship award.
  • Commended Garrett Blair, Wyatt Blair, Christopher Bradley and Matt Goode for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.
  • Recommended that the remaining $525,000 in the reserve for renovations be re appropriated to the new Crown Valley Community Park improvement project.
  • Recommended that the decision on the flash crosswalk markers for Moulton Elementary, which is part of the Annual Review of Traffic Controls and Suggested Route to School Maps for Schools, be deferred to the school budget workshop scheduled for June 13.

The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the  at City Hall, 30111 Crown Valley Pkwy.

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