After Roberta Reynolds took her seat as president of the Burbank School Board on Thursday, she congratulated David Gordon for becoming the city's mayor earlier that day — the first time he was selected for that role after serving eight years on the City Council.
Reynolds credited him for raising "some very difficult questions" several years ago over the school district's spending of its previous bond that voters approved in 1997.
With the district's accountability in question by several residents as well, Burbank Unified spent $300,000 to hire a firm to perform an audit that discovered in 2011 that no fraudulent activity occurred. The firm found the district accurately reported how it spent about $274 million from 1995 through 2010.
"It resulted in our efforts to dig into all the spending that we had done on the bond previously," Reynolds said of Gordon's questions. "And the end result of that is we restored a lot of the credibility that we had in this district and that was probably one of the reasons that we were able to pass [another] bond," she said of the $110-million Measure S bond voters passed in 2013.