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June 28, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Science courses for kindergartners will be eliminated and their art and music classes will be reduced under a budget proposal adopted Tuesday by the Irvine Unified School District. The proposal was developed by a task force of educators, community members, the Irvine Music Coalition and the Irvine Public School Foundation. School board member Karen Preston said the program, which offers 25 to 35 minutes of weekly instruction, is supposed to be covered by donations from the school foundation.
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April 26, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET
As part of a broad plan to give $25 million over several years to improve schools serving Irvine Ranch communities, Irvine Co. and the Donald Bren Foundation on Wednesday announced the first distribution of funds. For the 2001-02 school year, about $2.8 million will go to 52 schools as cash awards of $15,000 each to teachers and principals for outstanding work, and to two other education programs. Rich Elbaum, a spokesman for Irvine Co.
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February 26, 2001 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Already considered a trendsetter in Orange County, the Irvine Unified School District has been sponsoring brainstorming sessions among more than 50 students, teachers and administrators to map out a vision for the district's future. Called the Future Force Committee, the group is trying to dissect and plan for crucial issues cropping up in the district, including fiscal stability, attendance boundaries, technology training, school security, teacher training and parent involvement.
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February 21, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine Unified School District trustees voted 4 to 1 Tuesday night to oppose the placement of a proposed $2-billion light rail line in their city, saying that the line would run adjacent to two high schools and come too close to an elementary school. Among other complaints, Irvine Trustee Carolyn McInerney said that Orange County Transportation Authority planners failed to consult with the school district before proposing the route.
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January 19, 2001 | Deniene Husted, (714) 966-5908
School custodians, nurses, cafeteria workers and other non-teaching employees of the Irvine Unified School District received a 10% raise this year, and those working 30 hours a week or more will be entitled to health and welfare benefits under a contract ratified this week by the school board. Teachers and administrators received similar raises before the holidays as more cash was made available for salaries and benefits, board member Margie Wakeham said.
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January 17, 2001 | Deniene Husted, (714) 966-5908
The Irvine Public Schools Foundation contributed $750,000 to local schools Tuesday--making the first installment on a pledge to give $2.25 million to the Irvine Unified School District by the end of the academic year. Foundation President Jerry Amante and Executive Director Greg Bradbard presented the funds at the school board meeting, where officials praised the efforts of the local fund-raising organization.
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December 18, 2000 | Deniene Husted, (714) 520-2508
The Irvine Public Schools Foundation has named Jerome Amante, a former chairman of the foundation's corporate fund-raising arm, to succeed former President Carolyn McInerney, who was elected in November to the Irvine Unified school board. McInerney will remain on the foundation's board as an unofficial member, while Amante assumes the leadership role of the foundation, which hopes to raise $2.25 million for local schools next year.
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November 3, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON and MARTHA GROVES and RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the Irvine Unified School District, students on sports teams who can afford it must pay $195 to cover transportation costs. Fifty miles away, nervous officials in the Bonita Unified School District are returning money that was collected for the busing of students to extracurricular events over the last eight years because of fears that the practice is illegal.
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