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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.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 11, 2014
School board members refuted a recent suggestion by city officials to have Burbank Unified help cover the cost of three school resource officers who would work in Burbank schools. Last fall, Burbank won a grant to partially fund the officers for the next few years. However, the grant requires a $1.2-million local match , spurring Burbank City Council late last month to turn to the school district to help split the price - much to the dismay of some school board members.
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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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By David Laurell | February 4, 2014
Families, friends, supporters, neighbors and students of St. Robert Bellarmine Elementary gathered on the school's campus last week for an open house that included various activities, classroom tours, food and music. This annual event provides parents of students and prospective students, along with members of the community-at-large, the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day and meet with school staff and faculty. Among the performers featured during the day were various bands from the Burbank School of Rock, kindergartners who sang under the direction of Wyomi Fernando and the St. Robert Bellarmine school band directed by David Etterbeek.
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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 Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 31, 2014
Burbank received a federal grant to partially fund three school resource officers for the next three years - bumping up a program that has been reduced significantly in recent years - but it comes with a steep local match of nearly $1.2 million, which the city may not be able to afford. City officials emphasized the value of a police presence on campus in the wake of recent school shootings nationwide, but were overwhelmed by a price tag more than three times the amount of the grant.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 31, 2014
Burbank Unified school district is falling in line with a growing state trend that has seen student suspensions decline over the past school year compared to the year prior, according to data released this week by state officials. There were 246 fewer suspensions in Burbank schools in 2012-13 compared to 2011-12, the most recent years for which extensive data is available. While there were 948 suspensions across Burbank Unified in 2012-13, there were 1,194 the year before. There were also five fewer expulsions during the last academic year, compared to the year prior when there were 16. Statewide, expulsions decreased by about 12% from more than 9,700 in 2011-12 to about 8,500 in 2012-13.
THE818NOW
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.
THE818NOW
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 14, 2014
Burbank Unified Supt. Jan Britz could potentially receive a $15,000 raise if the school board approves it while discussing her contract on Thursday. Britz, who replaced former superintendent Stan Carrizosa, took the helm of the district in July 2012. She began with a starting salary of $185,250, which would have otherwise been $190,000, if not for a 2.5% pay cut that all Burbank administrators took temporarily in response to a weak economy encroaching on the district. When her contract automatically rolled over for another year beginning on July 1, 2013, her salary went up to $190,000.
THE818NOW
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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