Friends embraced, counselors distributed schedules and administrators provided directions Monday as Burbank High School swelled with students for the first day of the school year.
“I couldn’t sleep,” said 14-year-old freshman Jasmine Castillo as she ascended the front steps. “I stayed up until four in the morning.”
The scene at Burbank High was replicated at campuses across the district this week as they opened their classrooms for the start of the 2011-12 academic year. A preliminary count has total Burbank Unified enrollment numbers at about 14,690 students, officials said. While that figure will fluctuate in the coming weeks, it is comparable to last year’s enrollment of 14,763.
The school year will be the second under Supt. Stan Carrizosa, who came on board in July 2010 following a tumultuous period during which his predecessor announced his resignation after just six months on the job.
At the time, some stakeholders questioned the vetting process that brought Carrizosa to Burbank, but school board members said that he has since more than proven himself. The superintendent has engineered in recent months a series personnel moves that will mean new faces in some key administrative positions.