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THE818NOW
January 20, 2012
Just hours after delivering the state of the state address in Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown brought his message to Burbank Wednesday, meeting with several dozen local educators at Bret Harte Elementary School to discuss how his budget proposal would affect education on the ground level. Brown spent about 20 minutes with Burbank Unified administrators providing an exchange that participants described as warm and frank. “It was a good meeting,” Burbank Unified Supt. Stan Carrizosa said.
NEWS
July 27, 2002
Molly Shore What if high school graduation requirements included laying railroad tracks, working at the Special Olympics, or cleaning up beaches and riverbanks? For Burbank students, it can be any of those tasks, and many more. The volunteer work is part of the service-learning program every public high school student must complete to graduate. "Unlike community service, service-learning is not court-ordered, and is not a punishment," said Claudene Bell, teacher on special assignment, who oversees the program at Burroughs High School.
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June 3, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- Teachers and administrators who have served the Burbank Unified School District for a combined 550 years were honored at Thursday's Board of Education meeting. The 20 educators who were recognized have worked at the district for between 17 and 38 years. They are Julia Black and Neala Sullivan from John Muir Middle School; Roma Chavez and Ruth Mottem from Ralph W. Emerson Children's Center; Marilyn Deal, Lois Futrell and Patricia Kowalke from George Washington Elementary; Judy Dexter of the district's fiscal services office; Martha Hankins from Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary; Frank Kallem, Dave Kemp, Clyde Richards and Merle Stone from Burbank High; Claudia Larsen from Theodore Roosevelt Elementary; Margaret Lucas from Bret Harte Children's Center; Margarita Sandoval from the Adult School; Joyce Sedlak from Thomas Jefferson Elementary; Elizabeth Sjolund and Lynne Uhl from Joaquin Miller Elementary; and Marlene Urrutia from Walt Disney Elementary.
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October 5, 2002
Molly Shore When Ancell Schecker of the Dominican Republic's ministry of education told Lynn Morgan's fifth-grade class at Miller Elementary School that her country's favorite sport is baseball, a student responded with two words --"Sammy Sosa," referring to the Chicago Cubs' home run king who hails from that nation. Schecker was one of 10 educators from the Caribbean nation who came to Miller Elementary School as part of the Calabasas-based Center for Civic Education's exchange program.
NEWS
May 21, 2005
"The Kindergarten Cop" isn't winning over many students in Burbank, or their teachers. In fact, the governor isn't too popular with teachers and administrators all the way through to the high school level. And frankly, their frustration is understandable. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's revised May budget, announced last week, was not exactly an olive branch. Despite a $4-billion windfall, the governor offered only $252 million more to education in his revise than the original budget -- still a far cry from the $2 billion educators have been demanding he return in Proposition 98 funds.
NEWS
September 26, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School will dedicate its new playground this week. A dedication ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Friday. Parents of Stevenson students are invited to attend and bring a picnic lunch to share with their children. Students in various grades at the school will read poetry, sing songs and read a note of thanks to educators who applied for the grant that funded the purchase of the playground equipment.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | November 1, 2006
BURBANK — A lack of employment opportunities in trade industries has prompted Burbank Unified School District officials to look for ways the district can expand career technical opportunities and vocational training to students before they graduate from high school. The district hosted a career technical-education seminar Tuesday at Burbank High School for local business leaders and educators to exchange ideas on how schools can provide career technical opportunities to students who can be trained to qualify for positions in the trade industries.
NEWS
June 6, 2001
Karen Hubbard Last Thursday morning, I had the distinct pleasure of being an invited guest at the Burbank/Magnolia Park Optimist Club's meeting. This special day was devoted to recognizing and honoring the 10 students selected from the 49 applicants who will receive club scholarships in the amount of $500 each. As I searched for a word to describe these students, their scholastic achievements, awards earned, volunteer community service given, athletic participation, goals and dreams, I continued to come up with the same word over and over again -- amazing!
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By Zain Shauk | May 16, 2009
California’s fiscal future, amid a swirl of mixed signals from politicians, educators and special-interest groups, will be in the hands of voters during a special election Tuesday. Legislators crafted five ballot measures as part of a plan to fix a $42-billion deficit. They added a sixth initiative to prevent elected officials from receiving pay raises during deficit years. But since developing the propositions, Democratic and Republican lawmakers have failed to endorse all of the measures on which their budget plan now relies.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
After 38 years as an educator, McKinley Elementary Principal Bobbie Kavanaugh will step away from the school office and into retirement at the end of the school year. “Education has changed a lot,” said Kavanaugh, who's been head of McKinley the past seven years. “We're expecting more and more of the children.” Kavanaugh, who has worked for Burbank Unified for 17 years, took the helm at McKinley after serving as principal at Disney and Washington elementary schools. She said she will miss the students the most, but she is planning to spend time with her grandchildren and traveling in the fall.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
David Starr Jordan Middle School is one of three middle schools that are finalists in a countywide competition to reduce the amount of trash schools send to landfills. Months ago, Jordan students began participating in a competition overseen by Grades of Green, an environmental nonprofit that works with the sanitation districts in Los Angeles County to promote environmental education. Over time, students already involved in a club on Jordan's campus known to pick up trash after lunch began educating other students by informing them in classroom presentations about which bins on campus should be used for recyclables, trash or compost items such as orange peels or salad.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 11, 2014
Burbank educators announced a plan this week to install Wi-Fi in all school libraries, weed out old resources and purchase more fiction and nonfiction books. The plan, the first comprehensive strategy in nearly a decade, comes several months after school board members learned that some elementary libraries had been shut down since the beginning of this school year. Though the school board must still vote on specific aspects of the project, members approved of the idea for the 2014-15 academic year in concept.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 8, 2014
Burbank educators are taking another step toward establishing more technologically advanced classrooms nearly a year after voters passed the $110-million Measure S bond. The bond has emerged as a timely resource for the school district, officials say, as they begin to implement the new Common Core state standards that promote greater use of technology in the classroom, such as multimedia presentations, as well as more in-depth critical thinking, reading and writing skills. School officials estimate it will cost $9 million - or $10,000 per classroom - to bring the 21st-century technology to students.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 1, 2014
Summer bond projects, the new Common Core curriculum and technology use in the Burbank school district will be up for discussion this Saturday during the annual school board retreat. At the public retreat at district headquarters, school board members and district administrators will also discuss the district's potential for expanding world languages in its curriculum and hear updates on the district's special education programs. Members of the district's technology committee will also be present, along with Charles Poovakan, director of information technology and educational support.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 21, 2014
Burbank educators say that the Spanish dual-language immersion program they started this year has been successful so far, and they hope to expand it in the fall. Twenty-nine kindergarten students belong to Burbank Unified's inaugural dual-immersion class in which they spend 80%of the day speaking and learning math, science, language arts and social studies in Spanish. The district launched the program with unanimous support from the board last year because school officials were seeing a demand for it. In 2012, Burbank Unified granted about 200 permits for Burbank elementary students to enroll in dual-immersion programs outside of the district.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 11, 2014
Burbank educators approached the school board Thursday night to discuss what they believe should be restored in the district as local school officials look to bring back some programs and staff positions that were affected by years of state budget cuts. In a special study session, Roosevelt Elementary Principal Jennifer Meglemre requested the school district add a curriculum specialist at her school and other sites. Currently, there are six curriculum specialists, the majority of whom are shared among 11 elementary schools in the district.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 3, 2014
Former Burbank Unified educator, administrator and coach Benjamin Hamilton Lloyd, known as “Ham” to generations of Burbank students and locals, passed away Dec. 30 from congestive heart failure, his family said. He was 89. Lloyd was born on March 10, 1924, in Ohio. Beginning in 1942, Lloyd spent three years fighting in the Army during World War II. He fought in North Africa, Italy, Southern France, and helped liberate prisoners in concentration camps in Belgium, Austria and Germany, his daughter, Sharon Cox said.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 3, 2014
The number of alcohol- and drug-related car crashes dropped in 2013 when compared to the previous year, while the number of arrests made for driving under the influence spiked, police reported this week. In 2013, there were 557 drunk or drugged driving arrests, up from 386 the year before, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Meanwhile, there were 86 impaired-driving collisions last year, 26 of which resulted in injuries, down from 107 collisions in 2012, 36 of which resulted in injuries, Ryburn added.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 13, 2013
Joaquin Miller Elementary students gathered in the school's quad Friday morning to see the unveiling of a new plaque bearing the name of Gail Copeland, who served as the school's principal for 19 years . Current Principal Judy Hession, who worked under Copeland for six years before she retired in 2003, also named its quad, "Copeland Courtyard. " Most of Miller's 700 students also wore purple on Friday, the former principal's favorite color. The former educator, who was known for putting students first and never wanted to take credit for the school's overall achievement, once oversaw 125 employees and 1,000 students at Miller when it was at its most populated.
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