The Community Learning Center (CLC) has now been renamed the Dr. Doug Sears Learning Center (DSLC) in honor of its retiring principal Doug Sears.
On Wednesday, July 16, the Temple City Board of Education voted unanimously to change the name of the CLC in tribute to Sears, who is retiring. Sears, a Temple City resident, served twenty-nine years as an administrator of the Temple City Unified School District (TCUSD). Sears has been principal of the CLC for fifteen years and an administrator of Oak Avenue Intermediate School for fourteen years.
The idea of dedicating the CLC in tribute to Doug Sears was first proposed to the School Board on June 25, 2008. Audience members spoke highly in favor of the plan and praised Sears for his ability to motivate students to succeed.
“Within my first week at the CLC, I already could tell that Mr. Sears is a good person,” said student Victor Lee. “He tries to help out people at [the] CLC by encouraging students to make up their credits so they can go back to the high school.”
The Dr. Doug Sears Learning Center strives to provide additional assistance and aims toward developing each individual’s talents. Opened in 1993 with about two dozen students, the DSLC has grown drastically over the years. In September 1995, the school founded a Junior Academy directed towards students under the age of sixteen years old.
Sears and his wife, Sally Sears, are both Temple City residents and have worked within the TCUSD. Both decided to retire this year and pursue traveling adventures in their future.
The Temple City School Board also voted 4-1 to confirm Superintendent finalist Dr. Chelsea Kang-Smith as the seventh Superintendent for the TCUSD. Smith was awarded a three year contract and her salary for the 2008-2009 fiscal year is $175,000.
Her first day on the job will be this Friday, August 1, 2008.
This article was written by Ivy Vuong. It was published in the Temple CIty Voice on July 30, 2008.