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February 25, 2001
Re "School Border Dispute Grows," Feb. 12: It is ridiculous how the high schools surrounding Laguna Niguel are overpopulated. I attend Dana Hills High School and know, firsthand, the effects of an overcrowded school. The school lockers are shared, classes are mostly in added-on portable classrooms, and hallways and staircases are always congested with people during passing periods. Lunch is a burden rather than a break, with long lines for buying lunch or using the bathroom. I am absolutely for the building of Tesoro High School.
January 22, 2002
Much-needed renovations at the four oldest high schools in Oxnard and Camarillo will begin as early as this spring. Oxnard Union High School District leaders this week approved a $16.5-million plan to upgrade facilities at Adolfo Camarillo, Hueneme, Channel Islands and Rio Mesa high schools. All four campuses will get new restrooms by next fall.
October 3, 1997 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
The board of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District decided this week it would establish a secondary education task force to study ways to improve the high schools. The public has presented many ideas to board members, including expanding the number of electives offered and building better athletic facilities. Recognizing it would be a lengthy project that would take many months of study, Supt. Mac Bernd suggested putting together a committee that would report to the board.
October 15, 1998 | NANCY FORREST
Joining with the Police Department, the Ventura Unified school board has approved an $80,000 plan to hire two officers to work at the city's high schools. Armed "school resource officers" will work at Ventura High, Buena High and the district's continuation campuses. The officers will serve as liaisons with the school principals and staff and the Police Department. They will also provide informal counseling to students, work in gang suppression and work with students who have probation officers.
January 12, 1996 | JOANNA M. MILLER
In a move to enhance security at Thousand Oaks high schools, the Conejo Valley school board agreed Thursday night to hire deans for each of the district's three high schools as soon as possible. The deans--responsible for campus discipline, overseeing extra-curricular activities and advising student government groups--will each earn about $52,000 a year. "This will help us ensure that our schools remain a safe haven," said Conejo Valley Schools Supt. Jerry C. Gross.
El Camino Real and John F. Kennedy high schools will not open on Tuesday, but will probably resume classes the following week, Los Angeles Unified School District officials said Friday. District spokeswoman Diana Munatones said that while 60 temporary classrooms have been delivered to Kennedy, 30 still need to be installed and furnished. El Camino, she said, is still awaiting 25 portable bungalows, which school officials expect to receive during the weekend.
April 21, 1985
Last year, hundreds of Huntington Beach residents launched a drive to recall the three Huntington Beach High School District trustees who backed Supt. Jack Abbott's firing of Marina High School Principal Paul Berger. Although thousands of residents signed the recall petition, it fell a few thousand short of the signatures required for a recall election. Berger's critics admitted that he was popular with students, faculty and parents, but claimed that he was not an effective administrator.
March 29, 1986
Of course birth control should be easily available in high schools. I thank Ellen Goodman for her column (March 11), "Sex and the Single Teen-Ager." Goodman clearly describes the necessity for such programs by stating the alarming numbers of pregnancies occurring at Du Sable High School in Chicago each year. The principal of Du Sable commented, "People who left school 30 or 40 years ago would be shocked." She is right, times have changed. Not long ago I graduated from a Chicago South Side high school.
March 18, 1993
In recent weeks, there have been a number of disturbing incidents at Mark Keppel High School which have resulted in heightened conflict between Asian and Latino students, arrests, and police being brought on campus. The ethnic tensions in the school district involve larger underlying issues which the school district needs to address. For example, we need to know why Latinos have such a high expulsion rate. In the academic year 1990-91, Latinos by far had the highest expulsion rate of any group in all three high schools.
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