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April 17, 2021
9:30 AM
Virtual meeting via Zoom
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County Preliminary Hearing on City Petition to form Malibu Unified School District

Saturday, April 17, 2021

The community is invited to join and participate in a virtual preliminary hearing of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Committee on School District Organization (County Committee) regarding the City's petition to form an independent Malibu Unified School District (MUSD).

Children and youth in Malibu and the surrounding unincorporated area have attended schools within the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) since prior to the City's incorporation. Local school families and community groups have long expressed the desire to separate from SMMUSD and to form an independent Malibu Unified School District (MUSD). On October 12, 2020, the Malibu City Council voted unanimously to reinstate the City's petition for unification of an independent MUSD to the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Committee on School District Organization (County Committee).

Community Participation
On March 3, 2021, the County Committee voted to hold a preliminary hearing on the City’s petition on Saturday, April 17. This is the first of many steps to an independent MUSD. 

Members of the community are invited to join the meeting. Participants will have the opportunity to 
tell the committee why they support separating the Malibu and Santa Monica schools and forming two, separate unified school districts.

HOW TO JOIN THE April 17 Public Hearing:
Webinar Link:
Password: 547531

Join By Phone:
iPhone one-tap: US: +16699009128,,81101324358#,,1#,547531#
or +12532158782,,81101324358#,,1#,547531#
Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 811 0132 4358 Password: 547531
International numbers available: Or an H.323/SIP room system: H.323: (US West) or (US East) Meeting ID: 811 0132 4358 Password: 547531 SIP: Password: 547531

To provide public comment in advance, submit written comments or documentation by e-mail to Anna Heredia at

Any advance public comment or documentation must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the hearing. Any comments received shall be acknowledged at the hearing and shall become part of the administrative record.

Learn More
Members of the community may submit personal testimonials sharing their experiences with SMMUSD and the reasons why they support the formation of an independent MUSD using this online form.

Stay informed by following the City’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Next Door) for regular updates and information about school separation.

Sign up for the School Separation e-notification list for updates, including the upcoming April 17 preliminary hearing, or visit the City’s webpage for more information on local efforts to form an independent MUSD.