Dr. Edward Trimis, principal of Verdugo Hills High School, presented his annual update to the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Town Council at their meeting on August 12, 2015. The new school year starts in earnest August 17 with all teachers and staff returning on August 17 and the first day of classes beginning on August 18. Back-to-School Night is August 27 and the first home football game is September 3. Dr. Trimis shared a brief update with the STNC framed around Verdugo 4 pillars as a AAA school, Academics or Achievement, Athletics, and Arts, all supported and working alongside Community. Verdugo is excited to be a part of the new Local District North East and welcoming the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for a 1-day visit this Spring. Verdugo is in the second year of a local autonomy plan and has expanded autonomy with local decision-making over budgets, curriculum and instruction, calendars, and more.