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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 15, 2014
City officials will be installing a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Oak and Myers streets after requests from dozens of parents with children attending St. Finbar School in Burbank, who argued that the current two-way stop sign was unsafe for children walking to and from school. The Burbank City Council unanimously approved the installation, which went against a recommendation by city staff members that the intersection didn't warrant the change. There are currently two-way stop signs on Myers at the intersection.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 11, 2014
Responding to a request for help from principals , Burbank Unified officials agreed to fund full-time curriculum specialists at three elementary schools during the next school year. Before the district weathered significant cuts, curriculum specialists assisted principals, provided instructional support to teachers and oversaw English language learners. At the start of this current school year, Burbank Unified only had six such positions, and only one - at Jefferson Elementary - was full time.
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