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  • Letter: Problem wasn't really the insulation

    The Burbank Leader of Aug. 13 regarding the noxious odor in several offices and classrooms at Jordan Middle School only tells half the story. The issue at the school wasn’t “poorly drying wet attic insulation,” but it was attic insulation that had become contaminated due to a poorly written re-roofing specification. The chemical roof adhesive used during the re-roofing project had penetrated through the new roof membrane and into the attic space. In so doing, this chemical adhesive had become lodged in the attic insulation. Consequently, the trapped chemicals in the adhesive did not dissipate over time, but instead became trapped in the attic insulation. This same problem also occurred at other Burbank district campuses last summer, but not to the same degree. Jordan Middle School was the worst case.
  • New school year kicks off for Burbank kids

    New school year kicks off for Burbank kids
    More than 16,000 kids returned to Burbank schools on Monday, ushering in a new academic year that will see Burbank educators continue to shift to new curriculum standards and restore some academic programs. At Walt Disney Elementary, where fewer than 400...

    Editorial: Geo Listening in the light, finally

    Editorial: Geo Listening in the light, finally
    When it first hired Geo Listening in late 2012 to monitor the public social-media postings of students for signs of, among others, depression or suicide, Glendale school officials were less than transparent. In fact, they were opaque, failing to...

    Ice challenge makes its way to Glendale High

    Ice challenge makes its way to Glendale High
    Glendale High Principal Monica Makiewicz agreed on Friday to have a bucket of ice water poured over her head as part of a trend that has recently swept the country to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig&...

    Roosevelt Middle School unveils new seventh period

    Roosevelt Middle School debuted an extra period this week, a move educators say will give students more time to take electives or receive targeted intervention in math or English. Roosevelt Principal Mary Mason said teachers felt the old six-period...