Burbank Unified's most pressing issues were up for debate Thursday during a forum that called on five school board candidates vying for two seats to address the budget woes of Burbank schools and suggest ways to improve student success.
The forum, hosted by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce and Burbank Business Partners, brought out a standing-room-only crowd of 70 people at the Buena Vista Library, where the $110-million Measure S bond began the discussion.
The measure is on the March 5 ballot and would generate funds to maintain and improve schools.
All five candidates voiced support for the bond and its potential to update school facilities and add technology to Burbank classrooms.
Moderators included former Burbank school board members Elena Hubbell and Richard Raad, who asked candidates about their solutions for the district's budget challenges.
Incumbent Larry Applebaum said he would combat the schools' growing deficit by renegotiating current agreements with the district's bargaining units to slow reserve spending.