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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | April 6, 2012
In the wake of a controversial proposal to install a telecommunications facility in a local church, the Burbank Unified School District is moving to ban similar equipment on any of its campuses. The district's spokeswoman, Kimberley Clark, said a sentence prohibiting cellular antenna equipment and towers on school property was added to the district's safety policy by school officials on Monday. The move was a nod to neighborhood opposition to the telecommunications facility planned for the Little White Chapel on Avon Street.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | May 26, 2012
After airing plans to name an interim replacement for outgoing Supt. Stan Carrizosa, the Burbank Unified school board went one step further Friday and announced Assistant Supt. of Instructional Services Jan Britz as the new permanent head of schools. Board President Debbie Kukta and Vice President Larry Applebaum confirmed the decision just minutes before taking the stage at the Starlight Bowl for the Burbank High School commencement. It came after eight hours of meetings on three separate days, and conferences with multiple district staff members, they said.
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October 9, 2002
Molly Shore Students at Burroughs and Burbank high schools last month began attending classes in the new buildings of the first phase of modernization construction at the two campuses. Now, family, friends and community members have the opportunity to see the sparkling new additions at both schools during open houses on two successive Sundays. Burroughs High School opens its doors to the community from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, and Burbank High School holds its open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20. There will be dedication ceremonies with the Board of Education in attendance and the unveiling of a plaque, said Ali Kiafar, the district's chief facilities and development superintendent.
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September 20, 2003
Molly Shore Coke might be the real thing, but beginning next year, Burbank Unified middle school students will have to quench their thirst with water, milk or fruit juice instead of soda. Gov. Gray Davis this week signed Senate Bill 677, which restricts the sale of soft drinks in elementary and middle school vending machines. The legislation goes into effect in January. Although soft drinks are not sold in the district's elementary schools, they are available at middle schools.
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July 26, 2003
Molly Shore Burbank public schools have exceeded federal standards for reading, writing and math, according to new academic performance indicators released this week. Nearly 39% of Burbank Unified students tested last year were proficient in English-language arts, and nearly 42% were proficient in math, according to the Adequate Yearly Progress Report, a component of the No Child Left Behind Act. The baseline numbers for students statewide were 12% for reading and writing and 12.8% for math.
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By Zain Shauk | February 11, 2009
NORTH GLENDALE — State Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell rallied with parents and educators at Glenoaks Elementary School on Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to make education a priority and to prevent midyear budget cuts to schools. Speakers at the rally, which included California PTA President Pam Brady and Glendale Unified School District officials, urged parents, students and teachers to implore their local representatives to help keep California from worsening its current ranking in per-pupil funding for education, they said.
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By JEFF TULLY | January 14, 2006
tullyDrive by Burbank and Burroughs highs and it's hard not to be awed by beauty of the schools' new buildings. Updated facilities and formidable structures make the schools look modern and appear to provide a fine place for young students to receive an education. However, under the surface, the impressive facades hide the embarrassment of numerous problems, dangers and troubles that although not all viable to the casual passerby, have, nevertheless, surfaced since the schools were refurbished just a few years ago. Unfortunately, sports facilities have not been immune from what many consider was poor planning, shoddy workmanship and a rush to finish the construction "on time and under budget."
THE818NOW
December 17, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Monday, December 17. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is calling for more security at LAUSD schools in the wake of Friday's mass shooting in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. Beck says he hopes to have LAPD officers patrol the district's K-8 schools each day , beginning after students return to classes on Jan. 7 following winter break. Patch A big rig accident snarled traffic along the Golden State (5) Freeway early Monday, reports the Daily News . Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the death of his grandmother , who appeared to have been stabbed multiple times with a barbecue fork.
NEWS
May 20, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- Voracious reading habits are paying off for Walt Disney and George Washington elementary school students whose schools were winners in a new reading program introduced by Gov. Gray Davis. The schools will receive $5,000 each in cash awards, said district officials. The "Reading Awards Program," implemented this school year, provides $2 million in awards as an incentive for students in kindergarten through eight grade to read every day. A total of 400 schools from throughout the state will receive awards from the six-month program.
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April 21, 2007
WORK COMPLETE AT DAY SCHOOL Board members accepted the completion of a construction contract for Community Day School for site improvements, including asphalt, fencing and a new electric gate. Cost totaled $372,663.88 for the work by Neil Edwards Construction and was inspected by district staffers upon completion. WHAT IT MEANS This ends some of the modernization work to be done on the Community Day School. VOTE: 5-0 SECURITY CAMERA INSTALLATIONS Board members approved the installation of security camera systems at John Burroughs and Burbank high schools at a cost of $108,020 for both schools.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 2, 2014
Improving students' overall academic success was a key component in two local elementary schools receiving 2014 California Distinguished Schools' awards this week. Joaquin Miller and R.L. Stevenson elementary schools were also each presented an additional distinction honoring their "exemplary" arts programs, a nod that only 13 schools in the entire state won out of the 424 that earned the awards. "I'm really proud of our students. The [award] respects all of the hard work that they've done," said Miller Principal Judy Hession, who added that the teachers' dedication and parents' involvement were also part of the school's success.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 2, 2014
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.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 18, 2014
Burbank school officials reported this week that about 100 fewer students are currently in the district compared to this time last year. There are currently 15,191 students enrolled in Burbank schools this spring, 94 fewer students than in 2013. Of the total, 1,046 have received interdistrict permits, meaning they live beyond Burbank's boundaries, but their parents own a Burbank business or they are employed within the school district's boundaries. The school district also grants permits to release students who live in Burbank to attend other school districts.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 18, 2014
McKinley Elementary School will house a portion of Burbank Unified's Spanish dual-language immersion program beginning in the fall with a kindergarten class half made up of native English speakers and the other half native Spanish speakers. The school district established its first dual-language program at Disney Elementary at the start of this school year and nearly 30 kindergarten students will progress to first grade in the fall at that school site. While educators first considered adding a second Spanish dual-language class to Disney, they found the school's capacity would not be large enough, said Tom Kissinger, director of elementary education for Burbank Unified.
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April 16, 2014
Jefferson Elementary has a new hummingbird garden on its campus, which also features a butterfly habitat. Like the nearby butterfly area, the hummingbird garden has flowers, feeders and baths to welcome the small, energetic birds. The garden was built with help from a $2,000 grant ING Direct that helped pay for supplies. A local Boy Scout named Ryan Austin coordinated the overhaul of the garden area as his Eagle Scout project, said first-grade teacher Kim Anderson. Anderson's students, along with fifth-graders from teacher Tish Reed's class, will study, explore and maintain the garden.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
The Burbank Unified school board offered few assurances to the district's head nurse Lenora Aguilera last week when she asked school officials to consider hiring three more certificated school nurses to add to the six that currently serve 15,200 students. Along with Aguilera voicing her concerns about more nursing staff, Bret Harte Elementary Principal Sheari Taylor described a recent Friday in which she stepped into her school's office and saw several students lined up sitting on a bench.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
The staffing of nurses in Burbank Unified is expected to be discussed during a special school board meeting on Friday and the district's head nurse plans to tell board members that additional nursing staff is needed. There are currently six certificated nurses who divide their time among the district's nearly 20 campuses and 15,200 students. That equates to one nurse for about 2,500 students, more than three times the ratio recommended by the National Assn. of School Nurses, which suggests one school nurse for every 750 students.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
Hundreds of local residents raised nearly $10,000 for the Talbert Family Foundation on Saturday during a 5K walk at David Starr Jordan Middle School held in honor of Christopher Wilke, the 12-year-old boy who died last month after battling a rare form of cancer . Christopher was a student at the school, where more than 400 people participated in the walk. The event started with a warm-up led by Christopher's physical education teacher and class. "There was just a huge feeling of support and emotion," said Principal Stacy Cashman.
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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 21, 2014
Seventh graders at John Muir Middle School participated in their annual “Around the World Day” that had outside drummers and dancers bring their music and performances to the students in a daylong event on Friday. Organized by the seventh grade teachers, Muir Principal Greg Miller said there were Taiko drummers, Peruvian dancers and sword play. The day began with medieval jousting, and throughout the day, performers and dancers invited students participate in the activities.
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