Retiring Board Members Honored

Trustee Mary Mangold was installed in 2006. In her 12 years of service, Mary was elected Board President by her fellow trustees an unprecedented six times.  The amount of achievements the District has made under her leadership is exceedingly long but here are some noteworthy highlights.


  • WSD became the first District in the county to institute all-day kindergarten throughout the district.
  • WSD became the first District in the county to install SMART Boards in every classroom in the District. This marked the beginning of our strong commitment to technology that has kept us on the leading edge of the education technology revolution of the last decade.


  • Measure O passed which was a $130 million bond that transformed all three middle schools with new exploratory buildings, resource centers and two gymnasiums. In addition, the funding was used to increase safety and security and new communication systems were added throughout the district.
  • The VAPA program (Visual and Performing Arts) began which placed music and PE teachers at all elementary schools. This was at a time that other districts were eliminating these programs.
  • A new, state-of-the-art Nutrition Services Warehouse was built.


  • Academic Performance Index (API) scores exceeded the state goals in every school in the District.


  • We expanded after-school program opportunities throughout the District which was a wonderful benefit for students and parents alike.


  • Clegg & Warner became STEAM magnet schools
  • Johnson was one of the first few schools in OC to offer Robotics as an elective class in middle school.

In January of 2014, Mrs. Penny Loomer was appointed to the Board and was then elected to the Board the following November.  In her five years on the Board, Mrs. Loomer was elected Board President by her fellow Trustees twice.  Together, she and Mrs. Mangold (along with their fellow trustees) provided the leadership for the following remarkable achievements:


  • Implemented a Saturday Academy that provides enrichment activities and recoups revenue lost from student absences.
  • Foreign language classes offered at all middle schools.
  • Installed large-scale ceiling fans in every non-air conditioned room in the District.
  • Began the 1:1 Chromebook initiative.


  • First District in California to implement a Vietnamese Dual Immersion program.
  • First District in the nation to commit to implementing the BRAVE Program in every school. This program teaches children important personal safety and resilience skills.
  • i-4 Blended Learning was instituted.
  • Leveraged $2.2 million in grants to fund a $22 million project that is improving energy efficiency and providing clean, renewable energy generation at all of our schools.  This program will save the district $18.3 million over the life of the program.


  • Measure T passed which is a $76 million bond measure that has funded a beautiful, new gym at Stacey and will provide air conditioning throughout the District.
  • Board refinanced bonds and certificates of participation to save taxpayers $5 million.
  • Spanish Dual Immersion Program was implemented at Willmore.
  • Sequoia Elementary became Sequoia GATE Magnet School.
  • The California School Board Association awarded us with the coveted Golden Bell for technology.


  • We opened the first Computer Science Magnet School in Orange County at Finley Elementary.
  • Awarded another Golden Bell for our Vietnamese Dual Immersion program.


  • Grand Opening of the new Stacey Gymnasium.

Under Mrs. Penny Loomer’s Tenure:

  • 10 schools received Title I Achievement Awards
  • 12 schools were named Gold Ribbon Schools

Under Mrs. Mary Mangold’s Tenure:

  • 14 schools received Title I Achievement Awards
  • 12 schools were named Gold Ribbon Schools
  • 3 schools were named California Distinguished Schools

Thank you to Trustee Mangold and Trustee Loomer for the extraordinary leadership and service they have both provided in governing the Westminster School District.