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May 12, 1990
Nearly half of the teachers at Compton's three high schools called in sick Friday in an ongoing protest over the lack of a contract. Thurman Johnson, associate superintendent of the Compton Unified School District, said 118 of the district's 243 high school instructors were absent. Administrators and substitutes took over teaching duties. Teachers at various elementary, middle and high schools in Compton have called in sick over the last two months.
August 12, 1993
The state administrator for the Compton school system has ordered 38 layoffs, demoted several administrators and proposed a 10.5% salary reduction for teachers as part of ongoing efforts to balance a $91.2-million budget. All five financial managers and 33 part-time instructional assistants will lose their jobs in the Compton Unified School District. The financial managers controlled school accounts such as student council funds.
September 17, 1992
The Compton Unified School District must make about $2.5 million in cuts because of budget miscalculations. Officials said they are optimistic that cuts in the district's $88-million budget can be made without layoffs or severe program reductions. Some of the money is likely to be saved through a limited hiring freeze and the elimination of one to two dozen unfilled positions, they said. The miscalculations surfaced during a routine county review of the district's budget.
August 18, 1990
J.L. Handy, former assistant superintendent of the Sacramento schools, was named Friday to head the Compton Unified School District. He has a three-year contract and an annual salary of $100,000. Handy was chosen by trustees of the 26,000-student district after a nationwide search. Among the five finalists for the job was Compton Deputy Supt. Elisa L. Sanchez, who has been acting superintendent for the past seven months. She will return to her post as deputy on Sept.
March 11, 1995
The state Department of Education has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Compton Unified School District to pay for services for homeless youth, it was announced Friday. "The effects of homelessness on students is almost invariably lowered academic performance," said J. Jerome Harris, state administrator for the district. Under the terms of the grant, a homeless student is defined as someone who has had no stable housing for more than six months, or is living in sub-par housing.
February 21, 1990
Auditors from the state Department of Education arrived in Compton Tuesday to determine if the city's school district inflated the number of meals it serves to low-income children, which would increase the amount of federal and state money it receives. The audit--a rare occurrence, according to state education officials--was ordered after federal and state inspectors visited the district and said they believed that some children were being counted three and four times.
December 9, 1992
The Compton Unified School District's Board of Education fired Supt. J. L. Handy on Tuesday and named Area Supt. Harold Cebrun as his interim replacement. The 4-3 vote to dismiss Handy was announced after a two-hour closed session. The board then voted 5 to 2 to name Cebrun, who is in charge of Dominguez High School and its feeder schools, as acting superintendent. Handy, who was placed on probation last month, has been criticized for mismanagement.
February 5, 1999
Assemblyman Carl Washington introduced a bill in Sacramento on Thursday that would return the state-run Compton Unified School District to local control by July 1. Washington's initiative comes after a report issued Monday by a team of outside consultants that established a recovery plan for the district and also painted a bleak picture of progress under state receivership.
October 6, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
The teenage athlete whose allegations triggered the firing of decorated Compton Dominguez High boys basketball coach Russell Otis testified Monday that Otis tried to persuade him to engage in a sexual "experiment" last year. The boy, now 17, said Otis drove to his home late one night last August, met him at the rear alley and showed him a stack of money Otis claimed was $1,500. He said he declined the coach's offer but accepted $100 to buy cellphone minutes. Otis is standing trial in Compton on felony charges of making an unwanted sexual advance on a minor, and using an allegedly forged document to deposit a $15,000 check from Nike Inc. to the Compton Unified School District into his personal bank account.
January 22, 1987
Striking public school teachers returned to their classrooms Wednesday, ending a six-day walkout without any sign of a settlement in their wage dispute with the Compton Unified School District. For the past two months, the 1,200 members of the Compton Education Assn. have been conducting an on-again, off-again job action in protest of a pay scale that makes them the lowest-paid teachers in Los Angeles County.
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