March 8, 2008
The board unanimously approved the appointment of George Washington Elementary School Principal Jane Clausen to the position of coordinator of special education. As coordinator, she will work with the department?s assistant director, Jessica Fullerton, to support the special-education teachers and staff, concentrating primarily on alternative programs and summer school programs. WHAT IT MEANS Clausen will begin her new position on March 17, and Arlene Zenian, assistant principal at Washington, will becomes the interim principal for the remainder of the school year.
November 3, 2007
BURBANK — The wait is over for a new assistant principal at Joaquin Miller Elementary School. The district’s board of education approved the appointment of David Kubela as the school’s new assistant principal at Thursday night’s board meeting. Kubela will officially fill the position Nov. 13, after a few months of vacancy following former assistant principal Sandra Cavalheiro’s departure to take a new job as principal at Walt Disney Elementary School.
July 13, 2002
Molly Shore They might not have 76 trombones with 110 cornets close behind, but the students in the summer band program at David Starr Jordan Middle School are as enthusiastic about music as Harold Hills' band members in "The Music Man." The music man in this case is John Whitener, who teaches the class. "Sit tall and sit forward," he told the beginning band members as they prepared to play "The Dreidel Song." Frances Del Valle, 14, who enters Burbank High School in September, has been playing the flute for two weeks, although she has taken trumpet lessons for three years and studied trombone for one year.
August 11, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- There are 21 top ranking school officials and principals in the Burbank Unified School District who are worth more than $100,000, based on total compensation figures in the district's 2001-02 proposed budget. Total compensation figures for the more than 2,000 full-time district employees include salary, retirement, Social Security, Medicare, state unemployment insurance, workers' compensation insurance, health and welfare benefits.
October 20, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- The students in Bonnie Shatun's second-grade class are learning standards-based mathematics with the help of Maurice Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are." And they're having fun doing it. During a math lesson Wednesday in Shatun's room at Bret Harte Elementary School, Shatun called out the names of seven ecstatic students who got to put on their handmade "wild things" costumes for a lesson in addition and subtraction.
July 14, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MEDIA CITY CENTER -- Diana Diaz is having a busy summer. On a normal weekday, Diaz shows up to work at 8 a.m. at the Burbank city manager's office, hurries over to her summer school Algebra II class between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., then goes back to the office until 5 p.m. In addition to all that, Diaz spends her Saturdays at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage as a junior volunteer. Diaz is just one of 100 Burbank students enrolled in the 2001 Summer Youth Employment Training Program, which places students between the ages of 14 and 18 in pre-employment training opportunities throughout the city of Burbank during summer vacation.
July 7, 2001
Lolita Harper HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- The modest brown house in the 2300 block of Sparks Street sits empty after an 81-year-old crossing guard collapsed and died Tuesday morning while on duty at Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School. Once filled with the sounds of laughter and jazz music, William "Bud" Kline's house now is quiet. Although he lived alone, the elderly man often had his grandchildren and neighborhood kids over to play, neighbors said.
July 9, 2005
NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL The board approved the appointment of David Cole as assistant principal of John Muir Middle School. WHAT IT MEANS Cole returns to the school district after serving as an assistant principal in Castaic since 2002. He came to Burbank Unified School District in 1999 when he worked as a teacher at Jordan Middle School and also served as summer school principal. His position becomes effective Monday. VOTE: 5-0 BUDGET CALENDAR The board approved the 2005-06 budget calendar.
July 24, 2004
Mark R. Madler As firefighter Jason Murphy climbed to the top of a 100-foot tall aerial ladder, a group of students attending summer school at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School sat in the shade of a playground tree, cheering him on. "Go, go, go!" the students chanted as Murphy made his way to the ladder's peak. Murphy and several other firefighters came to Roosevelt Wednesday morning to demonstrate firefighting equipment and give safety tips to deaf, hard-of- hearing and other special- needs students.
January 31, 2009
1.) One of the biggest challenges facing the new school board will be replacing Supt. Greg Bowman. What qualities would you look for in a new superintendent, and why? The new superintendent needs to come equipped with a blend of business, finance and education experience. It will be vital for this person to be visible in the schools and the community and to work with our local business leaders to involve the community as much as possible into the Burbank Unified School District family.