BURBANK — The John Burroughs High School teacher whose recent production of “Romeo and Juliet” ignited criticism as well as support from the local community is leaving the district to teach at a charter high school in Van Nuys.
Scott Bailey, who had taught drama and English at Burroughs High for nine years, submitted his resignation at the end of June. He has taken a post at Charter High School of the Arts — Multimedia and Performing, which is also known as CHAMPS, where he’ll teach English and be involved in the theater program this fall.
The new position was appealing, Bailey said, in part because the charter school’s principal seems to embrace the arts. Bailey’s working relationship with Burroughs Principal Emilio Urioste has been strained for some time now, in part over artistic choices, such as what kind of theater was appropriate for teens, he said.