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April 22, 1996
Like many school districts, Brea-Olinda Unified is looking for donations of computer equipment to replace PCs that date back to the late 1980s. Of course, the newer the better. But the district has also found a way to make use of over-the-hill equipment by creating a student loan program. PCs with 286 chips might be a little outdated for the classroom, but can be loaned to students to do homework, said Gary Goff, assistant superintendent.
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February 6, 1996 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Brea Olinda Unified School District board member Todd Spitzer, known for his criticism of grade-changing that resulted in a scandal in his district, will speak at a Wednesday meeting of the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce. Spitzer was the most outspoken critic in regard to the scandal, in which hundreds of Brea Olinda High School students' grades were illegally changed. He will talk about the need for public officials to expose wrongdoing.
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December 6, 1995 | JOHN POPE
Bus drivers in the Brea Olinda Unified School District will be subject to random testing for drugs and alcohol beginning Jan. 1. The district has not had problems with drivers being under the influence, Assistant Supt. Peter J. Boothroyd said, but officials want to have the testing program in place to comply with federal mandates. "The intent is to improve the safety net that we place around students' transportation," Boothroyd said.
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August 31, 1995 | JOHN POPE
The $23-million budget approved this week by the Brea Olinda Unified School District trustees includes funds for elementary school computers and a part-time principal at Olinda Elementary School. Although costs will be higher in some areas for the 1995-96 school year, officials said, the district's total revenue is expected to increase by about $480,000 above last year's through additional student and day-care funding, as well as cost-of-living increases from the state.
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June 21, 1995 | JOHN POPE
Trustees of the Brea Olinda Unified School District approved a preliminary $22.9-million budget this week that showed healthy reserves despite higher costs in some areas and a potential loss related to Orange County's financial crisis, officials said. The district's total revenue is expected to increase for the 1995-96 school year by about $480,000 above last year's, officials said, mostly through additional student and day-care attendance, and cost-of-living increases from state funding.
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June 8, 1995 | MIMI KO
Trustees of the Brea-Olinda Unified School District have imposed fees for all students who ride school buses. Beginning in the fall, families will be charged a maximum of $300 per year--$150 for the first student rider, $100 for the second and $50 for the third. The cost will average less than $1 a day, school board members said. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunches will be eligible for free bus rides, Assistant Supt. Peter J. Boothroyd said.
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June 7, 1995 | MIMI KO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the second consecutive year, Brea Olinda Unified School District trustees have reduced the number of credits needed to earn a high school diploma, a move that will allow as many as 19 seniors affected by last year's grade-switching scandal to graduate on time next week. The board's action, taken late Monday night, was the result of a promise made last year to not penalize students who wrongfully received double credit for taking the same course twice, Assistant Supt. Peter J. Boothroyd said.
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May 18, 1995 | MIMI KO
Brea Olinda Unified School District employees may soon be able to enroll their children in the schools where they work. School board members voted this week to ask the state Department of Education to allow Brea Olinda employees who are Brea parents to receive priority in placing their children at the schools where they work. The state Education Code allows teachers and other school employees to enroll their children in their place of employment based on a "random unbiased process" only.
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May 17, 1995 | MIMI KO
Trustees of the Brea Olinda Unified School District have postponed a decision on whether to impose new bus fees. Instead, they offered parents two more weeks to comment on the matter. The school board is considering charges of as much as $380 per family for students who ride the bus to and from school. No parents voiced concerns on the proposed fees during Monday night's school board meeting, prompting trustees to wait until their June 6 meeting before voting.
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March 22, 1995 | MIMI KO
The Brea Olinda Unified School District had the lowest dropout rate in Orange County during 1994, according to an Orange County Department of Education survey released this week. Thirteen of the district's 2,463 pupils--0.5%--quit school last year. "We are extremely pleased with that number," Assistant Supt. Peter J. Boothroyd said. "Obviously we can do better and our goal is to get it down to zero but . . . this lets us raise our head above the clouds and applaud a little bit."
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