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By David Laurell | November 19, 2013
It was a magical mix - more than 160 talented young singers and musicians, a dedicated director, committed parents, supportive family members, friends and alumni and an eclectic mix of pop, rock and show tunes. Those elements came together and it made for quite a night - as the Burbank High School's Vocal Music Assn. staged its 17th annual “Night of Magic” fundraiser at Pickwick Gardens this past week. Beginning with a spectacular silent auction featuring more than 200 gift baskets, the event included dinner and a live auction conducted by auctioneer Bruce Osgood.
By Kelly Corrigan, | November 13, 2013
Burbank's elementary schools will no longer be able to rely on volunteers to work at libraries that lack a staff librarian, putting an already anemic system further into limbo. Due to deep cuts to education funding in recent years, Burbank Unified officials did away with the library assistants or clerks who once worked full time at all elementary schools. Schools who couldn't afford to pay for an assistant turned to parent volunteers or teachers to assist students to check out books.
By Joyce Rudolph | November 5, 2013
The instrumental music associations of Burbank and Burroughs high schools are setting aside their crosstown rivalry this week and producing a fundraising jazz concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Burbank High School Auditorium. “An Evening of Jazz” will showcase TV composer and Burbank resident Ron Jones (“Family Guy”) and his Influence Jazz Orchestra, along with jazz ensembles from the two high schools. Proceeds will benefit the music education programs at Burroughs and Burbank high schools.
By Kelly Corrigan, | October 29, 2013
A hot-air balloon that floated above the grassy field at David Starr Jordan Middle School on Monday carried some special passengers - two teachers and three administrators - much to the amazement of the students dozens of feet below. Because the balloon, named “Lofty Idea,” needed to share the skies with traffic from Bob Hope Airport, it didn't get too far above the field, where ropes tethered it to a trio of pickup trucks. The balloon's appearance followed two balloon-themed science projects that math and science teachers Sarah Reed and Catherine Eskandar conducted earlier this year.
By Kelly Corrigan, | October 15, 2013
Burbank school officials will consider implementing a new kindergarten program for the school district's youngest five-year-olds. A new junior kindergarten program scheduled to be proposed to the Burbank school board Thursday would provide five hours of instruction each school day to help the district's youngest students prepare for the 2014-15 school year by working with classmates, adjusting to a school schedule and becoming more independent....
October 14, 2013
The Burbank Police Commission will host a community forum Wednesday on safety and security in Burbank schools. Burbank police, along with school district officials, will report on how they're tackling school safety issues, including bullying, mental health and traffic safety around schools, according to Police Commissioner Hagop Hergelian. “This is a way to report to the community on what the police department is doing in working with their schools as far as the safety and security of our students,” Hergelian said.
By Kelly Corrigan, | October 14, 2013
Concerned about a persistent smell following the installation of a new roof at Jordan Middle School during the summer, officials moved a class out of one classroom and relocated 11 administrators and staff members from the campus' main office while they try to determine its cause. Jordan Middle School was one of eight Burbank campuses to receive new roofs over the summer that used materials manufactured by a company called Tremco. The work was paid for with Measure S bond funds. Four other schools, including Luther Burbank Middle School, Disney Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and Burbank Adult School, received new roofs that emitted odors after the installation, but the fumes dissipated at those sites, said Craig Bell, the district's director of facilities.
By Kelly Corrigan, | September 26, 2013
A school finance expert predicts that the Burbank Unified School District could see a significant increase in state money under California's new school funding system. Under the new plan, Burbank Unified could receive at least $7,000 for each elementary and middle school student. For every high school student, the district could be paid about $8,600, according to calculations made by School Services of California. However, chief executive Ron Bennett told the board earlier this month, the new funding formula will take about eight years to be fully implemented.
By Kelly Corrigan, | September 20, 2013
The Burbank Unified School District could recover about $1 million in funding for special education following the repeal of a bill regulating, but neglecting to pay for, how educators intervene when students exhibit behavior problems. The 1990 law required schools to create detailed intervention plans to deal with students who assault others, cause injuries to themselves or cause damage to property. State officials, however, did not reimburse districts for the costs of implementing the plans.  In 1994, this spurred a number of districts - including San Diego Unified - to formally demand to be paid back.  In July, the state Legislature repealed the bill, which in turn prompted the state controller to issue instructions on how school districts could access more than $1 billion set aside for that purpose.
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