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Board appoints an interim trustee

Burbank Police Lt. John Dilibert, a product of the Burbank school system, isn't sure he'll run for reelection to seat in April.

December 23, 2006|By Ani Amirkhanian

BURBANK — The Board of Education selected a veteran Burbank Police officer as interim trustee on Thursday to occupy the vacant seat of outgoing board member Paul Krekorian.

John Dilibert, a lieutenant with 19 years of service with the force, took his seat at the dais after being sworn in on Thursday.

He will fill Krekorian's unexpired term, which ends in April.

"The Police Department is in partnership with the school district and this is an opportunity for someone with the Police Department to have a connection with the schools," Dilibert, 42, said.

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Dilibert, a Burbank native, is a product of Burbank schools.

His father, Joe Dilibert, served the district as a teacher and administrator for 32 years and worked with then-principal Ted Bunch, the current board president, at the former Jordan Junior High School in the 1960s.

John Dilibert has volunteered as a softball coach at Burbank and Burroughs high schools.

His wife, Patty, was also a volunteer performing-arts coach.

"We have always felt, even if we don't have children, we definitely have something to contribute to them," Dilibert said. "This is just an avenue for me to give back to the community."

As an interim trustee, Dilibert wants to take an active role in the bargaining agreement between the Burbank Teachers Assn. and the district, he said.

"Having worked on labor negotiations, I understand what they are trying to say," Dilibert said, referring to the district's teachers who came to speak at the board meeting about salary negotiations. "It was important for me to listen to what they had to say. It gives me an opportunity to look at budgets and salary surveys and to see where our teachers are. There is always room for compromise."

Dilibert also wants to look into the progress and completion of school modernization projects.

"The next step further is to modernize the athletic fields," he said. "It's a community collective effort to make it happen. It's going to be a partnership between the city and the citizens."

Dilibert will complete his term, but isn't sure if he will run for reelection.

"John is a good guy and we will work with him to bring him up to speed as fast as possible," Bunch said. "All five of us bring different perspectives to running the school district."


  • ANI AMIRKHANIAN covers education. She may be reached at (818) 637-3230 or by e-mail at ani.amirkhanianlatimes.com.

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