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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 7, 2014
In Burbank, an anticipated increase in revenues for the school district has educators beginning a new conversation about how to improve the education of local students after years of devastating budget cuts. On Thursday, the Burbank Unified school board will meet for a special study session - which will be open to the public - to review the budget reductions the district has weathered since 2007 and kick-start a discussion about where the district can expand its academic programs. “We want to see where we can go,” said school board president Dave Kemp, who said Thursday's meeting signifies the beginning of a new dialogue on restoring academic programs and perhaps employees, following a decade that has largely seen the school board examining where to make cuts in order to keep the district solvent.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 20, 2013
Since Burbank voters approved the $110-million Measure S bond in March, Burbank school district officials say there has been significant impact to the local economy. During a Burbank Unified school board meeting on Thursday, officials estimated that 83% of the 29 vendors that have been approved to work on bond projects so far are located within 50 miles of Burbank. Additionally, 85% of the $3.5 million spent as of Nov. 30 were tied to companies located within 50 miles of the city.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | December 17, 2013
Longtime Burbank residents Marjorie and Les Jonkey received an early Christmas present with the birth of their ninth great-grandchild, Jackson Andrew Schulze, on Nov. 29. Jackson was born at 3:40 p.m., weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 inches long. His parents are Jeramie and Melissa “Jonkey” Schulze of Burbank. The Jonkeys both turned 95 last month and their family celebrated with a party at the Castaway restaurant on Nov. 17. They will celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary in January.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 13, 2013
Joaquin Miller Elementary students gathered in the school's quad Friday morning to see the unveiling of a new plaque bearing the name of Gail Copeland, who served as the school's principal for 19 years . Current Principal Judy Hession, who worked under Copeland for six years before she retired in 2003, also named its quad, "Copeland Courtyard. " Most of Miller's 700 students also wore purple on Friday, the former principal's favorite color. The former educator, who was known for putting students first and never wanted to take credit for the school's overall achievement, once oversaw 125 employees and 1,000 students at Miller when it was at its most populated.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 10, 2013
Educators at Joaquin Miller Elementary School on Friday will dedicate their quad to the late Gail Copeland, a longtime Burbank educator who served as principal of the school for 19 years. A 1957 graduate of Burbank High, Copeland spent over 42 years as an educator with Burbank Unified, beginning as a fourth-grade teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary in 1961. She worked at Bret Harte and Washington elementary schools before she began teaching at Miller in 1975 and served as the school's principal from 1984 through 2003.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan | December 7, 2013
Within seven days, students at Providence High School helped raise $5,000 for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The students raised money in late November by selling baked goods during lunch breaks as well as bracelets for at least $1. Bob's Big Boy also partnered with Providence by giving the school 20% of the sales it made on Nov. 20. The money will be donated to Catholic Relief Services, an international relief organization, to support those affected...
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By Kelly Corrigan | December 6, 2013
Burbank school officials are hopeful they will receive up to $3.3 million in state funds to spend over the next five years to make upgrades at school facilities to make them more energy efficient. Late last month, the Burbank Unified school board agreed to spend $75,000 in Measure S funds to pay for the services of J.E. School Consulting - a company that has worked with Burbank Unified in the past and will help district officials develop a plan for how they will spend the millions of state dollars expected to come down the pipeline.
THE818NOW
December 4, 2013
A 14-year-old female student at John Burroughs High School was cited and released Monday after reportedly coming to school drunk, police said. Police and paramedics were called to the school just before 9 a.m. after a teacher noticed the student “acting strange” and smelled of alcohol, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The student, who was not identified because she is a minor, was transported to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center after reportedly becoming argumentative and slightly combative with authorities.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 4, 2013
The nearly 700 students at Joaquin Miller Elementary have raised more than $2,700 for victims of Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the Philippine Islands last month, killing and displacing thousands. Fifth-grade teacher Melissa Pamperin, whose brother works at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, helped spark the fundraising campaign when she shared photos and images of the damaged city of Tacloban to her students, who suggested they raise money for the victims. The city, about 360 miles southwest of the capital, was one of the hardest hit by the storm.
NEWS
December 3, 2013
Can it be true that Burbank school board members did not know until recently that several elementary school libraries had closed (“District clears way for books,” Nov. 21)? I thought that the only elected officials who didn't know what was happening on their watch were Burbank City Council members. In any event, it's wrong that volunteers are no longer able to assist teachers in Burbank's public school libraries. How difficult can it be to check books in and out and put them back on the shelves?
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