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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1996
The state has declared a fiscal emergency in the Centinela Valley Union High School District and will send workers to help the district sort out its monetary woes. The state's Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team, formed in 1992 as a public agency to help school districts solve their budget problems before they face bankruptcy, made the declaration this week.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1996
An audit of the Centinela Valley Union High School District in the Hawthorne area shows a number of financial and personnel irregularities that have resulted in one administrator being fired and another quitting. The district, with nearly 6,000 students, includes Leuzinger High School and Hawthorne High School. The $42,000 audit, commissioned in April 1995 by district Supt.
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June 15, 1991 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fight between a black youth and a Latino youth at Hawthorne High School on Friday erupted into a racially tinged melee that involved more than 200 students, spilled onto neighboring streets and forced school officials to cancel classes, authorities said. The brawl was the second in less than two months in the Centinela Valley Union High School District, which has been plagued by racial tensions among students, teachers, administrators and board members over the past year.
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July 21, 1990 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
McKinley Nash, superintendent of the troubled Centinela Valley Union High School District, was abruptly fired Friday, more than four months after students staged massive walkouts to protest allegations of racism in the district. The controversial administrator, who is black, had been superintendent since 1984. Teachers in the district had criticized Nash for not doing enough to improve student performance and for branding their criticisms of him as racist.
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November 4, 1993 | CAROL CHASTANG and TERESA ANN WILLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Winners in the Centinela Valley Union High School District election say their top priority will be to strengthen a system hobbled by racial friction, teacher disputes and budget problems. Board President Pam Sturgeon, the only incumbent in the race, beat two challengers Tuesday to retain her seat in Area 1, which covers Lawndale. Her allies in the two other races, Area 2 and Area 5, also won.
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March 6, 1990 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Monday's demonstration by students from two South Bay area high schools, which was sparked by the resignation of a popular black principal, culminated months of racial tension in a district that has seen dramatic ethnic changes in recent years. Hawthorne High Principal Ken Crowe announced last Wednesday that he would resign at the end of the year under pressure from the Centinela Valley Union High School District Board of Trustees, which decided last week to reassign him.
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April 4, 1991 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Department of Fair Employment and Housing has accused the Centinela Valley Union High School District and its board of trustees of racial discrimination against two high-ranking former black employees at Hawthorne High School.
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November 2, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
Eighteen-year-old Rafael Ramirez hasn't been able to play his favorite "NBA Live" video game or hang out with friends much lately. Since he graduated from Hawthorne High School in June, Ramirez has been calling and visiting area voters, trying to persuade them to elect him to the Centinela Valley Union High School District board on Tuesday. Ramirez, the son of migrant farmworkers, is enrolled at El Camino Community College with hopes of becoming a teacher.
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June 14, 1991 | ELAINE WOO and KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It started as a teen-age prank: Dennis had hidden Albert's notebook. One boy started pushing, the other shoved back. Soon, the two Leuzinger High School students were pounding each other with their fists. The scuffle, as Dennis sees it, went deeper than it seemed. Dennis is black and Albert is Latino. In junior high, they had been friends.
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August 7, 2001 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
School secession fever is running high in a cluster of communities southeast of Los Angeles International Airport. Community leaders in two of the four elementary districts that make up the troubled Centinela Valley Union High School District are launching petition drives, initial steps in a long and arduous process they hope will enable them one day to leave the district and add ninth through 12th grades to their own educational programs.
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