March 2, 2005
Here are some of the items the Burbank Unified School District board will discuss Thursday. PLAN FOR ARTS EDUCATION The district plans to create a formal plan to integrate music, visual arts, drama and dance into the kindergarten through 12th-grade curriculum through its new membership with the Community Arts Education Project and Arts for All, Los Angeles County's 10-year plan to restore standard-based art education...
February 26, 2003
I would like to thank the Leader for featuring my son, J.D. Adams, in the article titled "Burbank Idol." The Burbank Unified School District's vocal music programs need to be commended for their superior quality. We have several extremely gifted and talented music teachers in our district who provide excellent music education to our children. I hope our superintendent and the Burbank school board will continue to provide our children with quality music teachers so that the vocal music programs continue to thrive.
December 18, 1999
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- A Burbank Unified School District literacy program that encourages parents to get involved with their children's reading assignments has been awarded a Golden Bell by the California School Board Association. The Golden Bell awards spotlight positive trends in public education by focusing success stories in California's public school districts, officials said. The awards were presented during the association's Annual Education Conference at a luncheon at the San Francisco Marriott on Dec. 8. The Burbank Unified School District's Parent and Literacy Seminars program was recognized as an innovative and outstanding educational program in the state, association officials said.
February 14, 2004
TONY AND JOAN GOFFREDO Tony and Joan Goffredo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a dinner party Nov. 9 in the Mountain View Room of the Castaway restaurant. They were joined by more than 125 of their family and friends. The party was organized by their children: Michael and his wife, Karen; Cathy and her husband, Terry; and Dan. The couple's maid of honor and best man, the bride's sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Frank Montesanto, flew in from New York to attend this special event.
May 11, 2005
Inter-district applications available The Burbank Unified School District is accepting applications for inter-district permits through July 28. Those employed with a full-time, permanent position in Burbank or who own a business in Burbank but do not live within district boundaries can apply to have their child attend Burbank schools. Parents need to provide documentation of their work status and their child's birth and academic records. For details, call the Burbank Department of Pupil Services, (818)
October 8, 2003
SUZANNE FREEMAN Suzanne Freeman, 94, died Oct. 2, 2003, in Oakland. She was born May 30, 1909 in Olathe, Colo., and lived in Burbank for about 48 years. She worked as a secretary for the Burbank Unified School District. She was also a Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Freeman is survived by her daughters, Joann Sutro and Joyce Nuckles; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The memorial service for family and friends will be Oct. 26 in Oakland.
April 11, 2001
Richard J. Currier In 1995, the Burbank Unified School District successfully defended itself in a federal lawsuit brought by demoted principal Keiko Hentell. Six years later, the Burbank Leader unfortunately publishes a letter written by Jim Carlile, a disgruntled former school employee, that clumsily attempts to rewrite the facts of the case. Hentell brought a lawsuit against the district and several individuals including board members and former superintendent Arthur Pierce.
November 25, 2000
A few weeks ago, one of our local newspapers carried the banner headline "Burbank Scores Soar" referring to the great increase in test scores in most of the schools of the Burbank Unified School District. It would have been very fitting and accurate if the next banner headline had read "Thank you Burbank Teachers!" because -- without overlooking all the others who also work long and hard to improve the education we deliver -- it is, ultimately, what the teacher does in the classroom that makes the big difference.
October 28, 2000
What happened to those days when teachers really cared about our children? With the exception of some good, dedicated teachers and principals, I believe we have a major problem. I'm very disappointed about our Burbank School District. Educators claim they are working for our children, but are they? More and more kids are falling through the cracks and everyone is looking the other way. Kids are in 100-degree classrooms, yet the administrators are in brand new, air-conditioned offices.