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January 31, 2009
1. State Controller John Chiang has said the state may run out of money early this year if legislators do not agree on a budget. If Burbank were forced to make cuts, where would you recommend making trims, and in what way can Burbank weather this financial crisis? I don’t believe there is any one answer to the projected budget deficit. I will look at all potential solutions before considering a rise in our utility rates. We need to be more efficient and look at underutilized portions of a program or low-priority parts of a program to temporarily cut back on. I would consider regionalization of services to help share the costs with our neighboring cities, so long as the quality of the service does not suffer.
NEWS
April 13, 2002
It's dismaying that so many well-spoken people would be so quick to absolve ex-school superintendent Dave Aponik of any responsibility for the deficits in the school budget, and be so quick to blame the school board. The city pays the Burbank Board of Education peanuts to oversee the district, while it paid Aponik more than $150,000 a year to run it. It was unconscionable that he sought a leave of absence when the district was facing this escalating financial crisis.
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By Zain Shauk | December 27, 2008
BURBANK — Teachers union representatives have agreed with the Burbank Unified School District on a contract that would continue current salary and benefit provisions through next year if it is ratified by union members, they said. The Burbank Teachers Assn. will present the agreement to its members in the coming days and expects it to be ratified after a relatively smooth series of negotiations. The talks came a year after the union won a 3% pay raise and an increase in benefit coverage during tense negotiations for a three-year contract, which lasted until April, said Susan Conway, the union’s co-president.
NEWS
June 17, 2009
SUPERINTENDENT SEND-OFF The Burbank Unified School District Board of Education will recognize retiring Supt. Gregory Bowman and his accomplishments as head of the school district. Area federal, state and local elected officials and their representatives will be in attendance to honor Bowman, who has served the district for 15 years, including seven as superintendent. Bowman also worked as assistant superintendent of instructional services for six years and deputy superintendent for two years.
NEWS
January 31, 2009
1. State Controller John Chiang has said the state may run out of money early this year if legislators do not agree on a budget. If Burbank were forced to make cuts, where would you recommend making trims, and in what way can Burbank weather this financial crisis? Financial times like these give us the mandate to scrutinize all of our programs and reassess their effectiveness. Programs that are having little impact on the community would be among the first places I would look when considering cuts.
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January 31, 2009
1. State Controller John Chiang has said the state may run out of money early this year if legislators do not agree on a budget. If Burbank were forced to make cuts, where would you recommend making trims, and in what way can Burbank weather this financial crisis? I don’t believe there is any one answer to the projected budget deficit. I will look at all potential solutions before considering a rise in our utility rates. We need to be more efficient and look at underutilized portions of a program or low-priority parts of a program to temporarily cut back on. I would consider regionalization of services to help share the costs with our neighboring cities, so long as the quality of the service does not suffer.
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