Bond funds eyed to meet class size demand

To meet a state mandate to have class sizes at an average of 24 students to one teacher by 2019, Burbank Unified may need to pay for new classroom buildings or portable rooms with bond funds, according to school board member Larry Applebaum.

More than $22K in total contributions for Burbank school board candidates

More than $22K in total contributions for Burbank school board candidates

With Burbank’s primary election less than a month away, the leader in the school board money race is Woodbury professor Armond Aghakhanian, who has raised nearly $12,000 as of Jan. 10.

Instrumental to learning

Instrumental to learning

On the back wall, the word “music” was spelled down a broad, white stripe in the midst of various academic subjects: the M came from music, the U from language, S from history, I from reading and C from science.

Board holds meeting regarding superintendent search

Two retired superintendents helping Burbank school officials with their search for the district’s next chief took notes Wednesday evening during a special board meeting during which school board members and local residents listed qualities they want in their next leader.

District seeks cleanup costs

When tree roots clogged a main sewer line that serves Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary and nearby homes late last month, sewage seeped into a bathroom, classroom and playground area of the school.

Local school shocked by attack in France

Students and faculty at Lycee International de Los Angeles, a school with a Burbank campus that has an international focus, had a strong emotional react to the killings at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday.

Lending a helping hand

Lending a helping hand

About 80 faculty and staff from Providence High School in Burbank arrived at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary School in Sun Valley Tuesday morning prepared to spend eight hours improving the school’s library and playground.

Looking Ahead: A year of stores and other stories in 2015

Looking Ahead: A year of stores and other stories in 2015

Change is in the air in Burbank, including a new school superintendent and new elected officials after the April election as three incumbents don’t plan to run again.

School board could add maintenance position

The Burbank Unified school board is expected to consider reinstating a position that was eliminated about 10 years ago in response to budget cuts.

School officials focus on GATE program

Burbank school officials are looking closely at how to better support participants in the Gifted and Talented Education Program, otherwise known as GATE.

Burbank Unified uses grant money to purchase 200-plus new computers

Burbank Unified school officials have made their first big dent in a $1.4-million grant the district was awarded earlier this year to create educational pathways for students to take from school into their careers.

Students work to get out the vote

With hopes of boosting voter registration and turnout, Burbank is looking to local high school and college students for fresh ideas.

Study focuses on teen smoking, e-cigarettes

More teenagers in middle school and high school reported using electronic cigarettes rather than tobacco cigarettes within about 30 days of taking a government-sponsored survey recently published by Monitoring the Future, an organization conducting an ongoing study of the behavior of secondary...

Burbank school board hires search firm for next superintendent

Burbank school board hires search firm for next superintendent

The Burbank school board agreed to hire Leadership Associates to search for its next superintendent, who will take the helm of Burbank’s 20 campuses by July.

Feet poked by playground wood chips spur change

Feet poked by playground wood chips spur change

After two students and an instructional aide had their feet poked with playground wood chips at Washington Elementary, the Burbank Unified school board has agreed to spend about $80,000 to replace the wood chips with artificial turf.

Burbank school board race heats up

Three open seats on the Burbank school board have drawn six candidates, but only one is an incumbent.

Burroughs High gets new principal

Deborah Madrigal will take the helm of John Burroughs High School in December, Burbank educators announced this past Thursday during a meeting of the Burbank Unified school board.

Homework talk sparks 'spirited debate'

Guidelines that suggest how long students should spend on homework were reviewed by the Burbank Unified school board last week during a meeting that had a teacher and former student speak out against them.

Task force talks homework

Burbank school officials on Thursday will discuss the final draft of homework guidelines created by parents and teachers that define what homework is and suggest how much time students should spend doing it.

School bill is labeled 'lunacy'

A bill that prohibits school administrators from expelling students if they willfully defy educators, set to take effect next year, was panned by Burbank school officials last week.

Tests show student fitness

A quarter of Burbank fifth graders tested on their physical abilities need to improve their aerobic capacity when they run or walk, as do 15% of seventh-graders and 16% of high school freshman, according to a study released by the California Department of Education.

Arts foundation donation is highest in its history

The Burbank Arts For All Foundation recently wrote a check for $30,585 to support arts programs in Burbank schools — the biggest check it’s delivered during any one of its twice-a-year grant cycles since it was established in 2006.

French attache promotes study abroad

Students in French-language classes at John Burroughs High School were visited by a representative of the French Embassy promoting study abroad and university programs in the nation known for its art, literature and food.

Burbank Unified to review search firms to find next superintendent

Burbank Unified to review search firms to find next superintendent

School officials have sent requests to five search firms, looking for proposals from them to take on the search for Burbank Unified’s next superintendent.

Four to vie for open seats on Burbank school board

With three open seats on the Burbank Unified school board this coming spring, at least four people intend to toss their hats into the ring.