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September 27, 1996
Workers for Custodian Crew The Inglewood Unified School District has hired five custodians, the first since custodian supervisor Andrew Truesdale was arrested 10 months ago for allegedly embezzling $440,000 from the district. The Inglewood school board voted at its Wednesday night meeting to hire five people for a roving night crew. The shift is the same one that Truesdale supervised and has been worked by substitute employees for the last two years.
April 25, 1989
Caroline Coleman, board president of the Inglewood Unified School District, died Saturday at her home in Inglewood after what her family said was a long illness. She was 51. Mrs. Coleman, who was also a county probation officer, was appointed to the Inglewood school board in 1979 and won election to the board twice. At the time of her death, she was seeking a third term and had won 44% of the vote in a primary election April 4. She was facing a runoff election in June. In 1986, she won dismissal in Superior Court of embezzlement charges brought in connection with expense accounts filed as a school board member.
March 31, 1998
Centinela Health Care Foundation has awarded $1.2 million in grants to six community health care projects that benefit indigent children in Inglewood, Hawthorne and Lennox. The nonprofit health care foundation awarded the $200,000 grants to the Freeman Hospitals Foundation to establish a plastic surgery unit at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital for children and the Inglewood Unified School District for the expansion of its school nurse program. The Children's Dental Center also received funds.
September 16, 1995
The Inglewood educators wanted an honest report card and they got it: staff morale from kindergarten through high school is low, the curriculum has various inadequacies and the district is plagued by poor classroom instruction. On top of that, students in half of the district's 12 elementary schools are falling short of national and state standards when it comes to reading and language. The American Assn.
July 4, 1997
Three Inglewood Unified School District administrators have been granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the district from demoting or reassigning them. It is the second time that employees have sued the district in the last week. Debra Tate and Karen Peters, both assistant principals at Inglewood High School, joined Director of Special Services Hollis Dillon in filing the motion earlier this week.
July 1, 1997
The union that represents nonteaching employees in the Inglewood Unified School District has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the school board that alleges that their 6% raise has been delayed because the board did not conduct negotiations properly. The board and the union reached a tentative agreement on a 6% raise in April.
December 2, 2000
A man who apparently shot his girlfriend to death Friday morning in Pomona and then fled the house with another woman as captive shot himself to death after his car crashed in Inglewood, police said. James W. Jackson, 28, of Inglewood killed himself as a police officer from the Inglewood Unified School District approached his wrecked car at Florence Avenue near Cedar Street at 4:15 a.m.
May 25, 1996
The Inglewood Unified School District has another scandal brewing. John Rabun, principal for 10 years of the Inglewood Adult School, has been charged by the District Attorney's office with embezzling $27,000 to put a down payment on a $425,000 Ladera Heights home. Rabun was arrested Tuesday, released on $27,000 bail and charged Thursday with one count of grand theft and one count of embezzlement.
September 13, 1988
George McKenna, the Los Angeles principal whose tough-but-compassionate approach to inner-city education inspired a movie and recognition from President Reagan, has been offered the job of superintendent of the Inglewood Unified School District. Inglewood school board members announced Monday night that they had selected McKenna, 47, from among nine finalists. McKenna, principal of Washington Preparatory High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, was an early favorite for the post.
November 12, 1997
The Inglewood Unified School District has hired political consultant Larry Tramutola to explore a school bond measure for the district and educate residents about how the money would be used. The district entered into a $5,000 monthly contract with Tramutola on Nov. 1 that calls for the Oakland-based company to assist the district in developing a master plan, evaluate school sites and organize community educational meetings. The contract will run a minimum of eight months. Tramutola Co.
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