Former Board of Education members Julie Giulioni and Elisabeth Eilers were honored recently by South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) administrators with the Golden Apple Award, sponsored by the Northwest San Gabriel Valley Administrators Association.

Eilers and Giulioni were selected for recognition based upon their willingness to serve through challenging times., according to a SPUSD press release issued Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Fiscal management and the establishment of collaborative practices with all constituents and school leaders were key among their contributions, the release states.

Under their leadership, a $98-million bond measure and three parcel tax measures were passed, and major construction projects were completed including a new middle school gymnasium, administration office and library, and a high school STEM building, according to the release.

The two further shepherded the successful implementation of kindergarten through fifth-grade Spanish and Mandarin dual language programs and kindergarten through 12th grade articulated career pathway courses in engineering, arts, bio-medicine, and business.  Additionally, the elementary, middle school, and high school counseling model was redesigned, infusing appropriate and timely mental health supports for all students, school officials said in the press release.

Eilers and Giulioni leave the district in strong financial standing, having a balanced budget while providing SPUSD employees with highly competitive salaries. Their leadership exemplifies the highest order of praise from their nominators…grace, kindness, integrity, appreciation, and a students’-first approach to all problems.  Their calm supportive demeanor in the face of extraordinary challenges helped to set a tone of respect and civility, school officials said.

Eilers was on the School Board for 14 years and ran for the position after she saw a need to bring stability and thoughtful, proactive leadership beyond the roles she had assumed as a school-site volunteer and active parent, including serving on a high school task force study team, according to the press release.

Giulioni had been a PTA president, SPEF president, program coordinator for the PTSA and, as was Eilers, a member of the School Site Council at several District schools. Giulioni served on the Board of Education for five years.

Established in 1886, the SPUSD serves about 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school.

For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent, scarroll@spusd.net

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