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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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NEWS
March 7, 2014
The month of March is bringing us a circus-themed carnival at Disney Elementary School PTA. The annual carnival will be on Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the playground at Clark Avenue and Mariposa Street, opposite George Izay/Olive Park. Everyone is welcome to attend and share the fun. Bring your friends and family too. There will be a photo booth, rides, games, prizes, silent auction of wonderful baskets prepared by each classroom, and much more circus fun. This a way to enjoy your Saturday and help the school too, a win/win proposition all around.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
A lawsuit alleging Burbank Unified officials failed to properly oversee a teacher - convicted of having sex with a middle school student in 2009 - is scheduled to go to trial later this month. Amy Beck, then an instructor at David Starr Jordan Middle School, turned herself into police in March 2010, admitting she had a sexual relationship with the then 14-year-old student between the spring and fall of the previous year. She later pleaded no contest to one count each of unlawful sexual intercourse and committing a lewd act on a child.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 4, 2014
Four strands of colorful beads dangled from Christopher Wilke's IV pole as he sat on the couch in his hospital room overlooking Los Angeles. PHOTOS: Burbank 12-year-old's battle with rare form of cancer The yellow beads - more than two dozen of them - represented the number of nights the 12-year-old Burbank resident has spent in the hospital in the last two months. The white ones stood for each round of chemotherapy. The black beads: every time he's been poked. Silver: every clergy visit.
NEWS
March 1, 2014
Since a new roof was installed at David Starr Jordan Middle School last summer, fumes have intermittently been reported coming from the roof over the main office . School officials are still looking into the matter, but seem to be downplaying the lingering odors - their views bolstered by a report that showed 93 chemicals used in the roofing materials fell within or well below accepted levels for toxicity. But, as we reported this week, one teacher had to relocate her class last fall after her tongue felt numb and she experienced burning sensations in her lungs and throat . That's reason enough for some concern, but there's more: a total of 18 employees have filed 18 workers' compensation claims due to exposure to the fumes.
THE818NOW
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
David Starr Jordan Middle School's main office remains closed several months after the school's roof was replaced, due to employees at the school site still able to detect lingering fumes . Concerns about the fumes among employees began after school started in August , not long after Jordan's roof was replaced using Measure S bond funds. By mid-October, English teacher Dana Rangle had relocated to another classroom after feeling numbness in her tongue and lips and a burning sensation in her lungs and throat.
SPORTS
By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
As the track season is just about to commence, all four city squads begin with different goals and expectations, but all with one similar commitment, which is to be competitive within their respective leagues. Here's a look at each of the squads. BURBANK The Bulldogs turned in a pair of top-three efforts during the Pacific League season last year, as the boys were second and the girls took third. On the boys' side, the league and city's best battle might be in the pole vault, as both Burbank's Chris Miranda and Burroughs' Matt Schwartz are back.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 26, 2014
As Burbank students prepare to take a set of computerized exams - part of a multistate standardized testing effort called Common Core - administrators are rushing to buy equipment, spending $90,000 in state funds to purchase about 120 laptops and headphones. "That has been our mad dash and our scramble to make sure schools are ready to handle that," said Sharon Cuseo, who oversees the program for Burbank Unified. Despite the rush, neither students nor district employees will see the results.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 25, 2014
Burbank residents wishing to share any concerns or complaints with the city's elected officials can do so at a town hall meeting next week. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at John Muir Middle School, located at 1111 N. Kenneth Road, and is an opportunity for the public to meet with the Burbank City Council in a casual setting away from City Hall. “It's healthy for us to just go out and listen,” said Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, adding that she hopes the meetings can continue regularly every six months.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | February 20, 2014
Burroughs High boys' basketball Coach Adam Hochberg confirmed late Thursday that starting senior transfer players Amaad Wainright and Rashid Ewing have left the team. Both players transferred to Burroughs from Kansas City, Mo during the offseason and played just one abbreviated season for the Indians. "Wainwright and Ewing have quit the team and left school," Hochberg said. "They left the team over the weekend and checked out of school Tuesday. Yeah, they bailed out on us. " Hochberg said a problem with the players' grades, along with being homesick, prompted them to depart Burroughs and go back home to Missouri.
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