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News From the Students, For the Students

The Griffin Gazette

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Staff Spotlight: Bud Jones

Bud, an LAUSD staff member, is an important part of the community
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Reese Neiger
A beloved member of the Los Al community, Bud always maintains a smile while on the job.

LOS ALAMITOS, CA — Many students at Los Alamitos High School know Bud Jones, a security guard who rotates between schools patrolling the area. Bud is well-known on campus and is a favorite among numerous students. He has worked in Los Alamitos Unified School District for almost 11 years, rotating through Los Alamitos Unified School District schools including the high school, McAuliffe Middle School, and Oak Middle School.

Bud has been a favored staff member by the majority of the community. Griffins may know him from seeing him around campus at different LAUSD schools, where he has worked to secure and maintain the campus for students and their safety.

“We walk around, and everything’s secure for you guys,” Bud said. “As long as nobody’s running around, we know everybody’s in class, and then we just watch everything.”

Students at Los Al can see him on campus occasionally during class or passing period. He always offers a wave, a smile, or a small conversation, which can improve their day.

“I like Bud because he is very funny and nice,” said Angel Johnston, a freshman. “His fist bumps are the highlight of my day.”

“Bud is so nice to everyone,” said Alyssa Mathews, another freshman.

On a normal day working at Los Al, Bud smiles as he prepares to continue his day.

Before working for LAUSD, he was a sheriff at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for 22 years. After he worked as a sheriff, he retired and began working at LAUSD. 

“This is a [more], controlled environment,” Jones said. “The kids are pretty good here.”

Many Los Al staff members have known Bud since they began working at Los Al and see him as a familiar face on campus.

“He knows a lot of the students,” said Mr. Wheeler, a Los Al campus supervisor. “He’s known them since they were young, so he knows a lot about what issues that might have. He’s like a friendly face that they can recognize and say hello to”

Bud enjoys all the schools he works at and does not prefer a certain grade. He works with students in grades sixth to 12th grade, making sure each student is well-behaved and respectful on campus.

“We got to look at everything in perspective,” Jones said. “All you [students] are still kids and still [have to] keep that in perspective.”

Bud’s dedication and love of working with students make him a well-loved LAUSD community member. 

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Reese Neiger, Staff Writer
Reese Neiger is a freshman at Los Alamitos High School. This is her first year in journalism, but she has always enjoyed writing and wants to pursue it in the future. She enjoys writing about current events, especially activities and pop culture. In her free time, you will catch her playing with her dog and having a good time at her swimming practice. She is excited to write impactful articles during journalism class this year.
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    ElenaNov 8, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    Great article Reese!

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