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School board candidate Roberta Grande Reynolds

January 29, 2011

Current school board member Roberta Grande Reynolds is a Burbank native, and a member of a three-generation Burbank family. As a child she attended Franklin Elementary, Luther Middle School and Burbank High School. Her two adult daughters also attended Burbank schools.

Reynolds has a degree in chemistry from Cal State Northridge, and a pharmacy degree from USC, and currently works as a pharmacist.

Reynolds was first elected to the board in 2007.

Why are you seeking reelection?

I have a passionate commitment for public education and for the community of Burbank. The quality of our schools is one of the reasons why people choose to live in Burbank.

Over the last 3 ½ years that I have served on the Board of Education, our schools have continuously improved as measured by our standardized test scores. In spite of the budget crisis, we have maintained our programs while keeping the district fiscally sound. I wish to continue to serve to provide the strong leadership that we have already demonstrated to bring our district through this crisis.


What is the district doing well?

As a district, we have maintained our commitment to arts education through maintaining the position of district arts coordinator and the elementary music program. While districts throughout California have been cutting arts programs, we have actually expanded our course offerings through our Community Partnerships, such as the partnership with Woodbury University, through which we can offer concurrent college credit to our high school students.

We have maintained or improved on student well-being by implementing an elementary PE program and by re-establishing the breakfast/nutrition program in all of our schools. Despite budget struggles and increased class size, we have improved Academic Performance Index scores and continued to have more students test at the proficient or advanced level each year.

What does the district need to improve upon?

We need to improve upon our use of data to help drive continued student achievement through collaborative professional learning communities. We need to improve our technology infrastructure and better integrate current instructional technology tools and programs into our classrooms.

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