Longtime Finance Executive Selected to Lead Magnolia Public Schools Board

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For Immediate Release                         Contact:   Molly O’Brien
September 14, 2016                                         Larson Communications
(703) 863-8773

Noël Russell-Unterburger, VP of Finance and IT for YWCA of Greater Los Angeles and Magnolia parent, to continue to strengthen organization’s operations
 Los Angeles, CA – Magnolia Public Schools announced today that successful business and financial executive and Magnolia parent Noël Russell-Unterburger was unanimously voted the new chairperson of the board for Magnolia Public Schools, a network of 10 high-performing public charter schools that serves close to 4,000 students throughout Southern California. Russell-Unterburger’s immediate goals are to ensure that the organization’s operations and existing systems stay strong. An accounting and finance expert, she has worked on developing and strengthening internal controls at different organizations throughout her career. The California State Auditor formally closed in July its exhaustive review of the schools concluding that they are operationally sound and financially responsible with taxpayer funds. “I have watched Magnolia go from an organization that started out on multiple QuickBooks accounts to one that is now operationally strong and with systems in place to ensure accountability and transparency,” said Russell-Unterburger, who has served on Magnolia’s board since 2012, and has had two children attend its schools.

Young: Anaheim Union Needs to Live Up to Its Own Standards for Accountability

Caprice Young, CEO and Superintendent of Magnolia Public Schools, writes that Anaheim Union High School Districts are wrong to fight charter schools and should instead choose to collaborate with new options for schooling. Magnolia is also threatening legal action against AUHSD alleging false statements by board members against the charter school.