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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1996
Embattled Compton schools chief J. Jerome Harris, installed by state officials two years ago to help rescue the ailing district, announced Thursday night that he will step down from his post months earlier than expected in the face of rising local opposition to his policies. Harris told hundreds of parents who packed a district auditorium, where he was presenting data on his record as the school system's administrator, that he would leave by the end of March.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1996
Embattled Compton schools chief J. Jerome Harris, installed by state officials two years ago to help rescue the ailing district, announced Thursday night that he will step down from his post months earlier than expected in the face of rising local opposition to his policies. Harris told hundreds of parents who packed a district auditorium, where he was presenting data on his record as the school system's administrator, that he would leave by the end of March.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1996 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than two years after conditions in Compton public schools deteriorated to the point that state officials decided to take them over, the local school board is launching a concerted effort to wrest control back from Sacramento. A majority of the seven-member Compton school board charges that J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1996 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While the sun shone brilliantly on a recent Friday afternoon, J. Jerome Harris sat in his office in the headquarters of the Compton school system with the curtains drawn and his driver-bodyguard outside. It was the day the children of the troubled 28,000-student school district were commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and Harris had spent the last few hours inspecting his schools, showing up unannounced in more than a dozen classrooms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1996 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While the sun shone brilliantly on a recent Friday afternoon, J. Jerome Harris sat in his office in the headquarters of the Compton school system with the curtains drawn and his driver-bodyguard outside. It was the day the children of the troubled 28,000-student school district were commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and Harris had spent the last few hours inspecting his schools, showing up unannounced in more than a dozen classrooms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1995
The mayor of Compton presented a $500,000 check to Compton Unified School District officials Thursday, money that will be used to convert a high school auditorium into a city cultural center. "Our search to find the perfect performance hall led us to Compton High School's auditorium," Mayor Omar Bradley said during a news conference at the auditorium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1996
In "School Board Seeks Control of Compton District" (Jan. 10), The Times inaccurately reports that the Compton Unified School District, "which borrowed $20 million from the state to cover payroll and other expenses shortly before Harris was appointed, has not paid back any of the loans, according to district officials." The facts are that since my appointment, Compton Unified has been on schedule as regards repayment of this loan. Per an agreed-upon payment schedule with the state, the school district submitted its first scheduled loan payment on June 30, 1995, in the amount of $900,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1996
State education officials are expected to appoint Deputy Supt. Dhyan Lal on Thursday to take over as the state's administrator of the troubled Compton Unified School District. Lal would replace J. Jerome Harris, who has presided for two years over the school system that was taken over by the state in 1993 amid financial and academic collapse. Four members of the Compton School Board have sued the state seeking return of local control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1995
Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Compton's shuttered Enterprise Middle School will reopen in September after a year-long reconstruction. The $2-million overhaul of the school included replacing the administration building that sat, charred and boarded up, for a decade on campus after it was badly damaged by fire 10 years ago. The school was also painted inside and out, received new carpets and central air conditioning and a modernized auditorium. When school opens Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1996 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than two years after conditions in Compton public schools deteriorated to the point that state officials decided to take them over, the local school board is launching a concerted effort to wrest control back from Sacramento. A majority of the seven-member Compton school board charges that J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1994
A controversial Compton School Board decision to appoint an applicant with a criminal record to fill a vacant school board seat has been thrown into limbo. State education officials said Friday that they are investigating whether the school board had the authority to fill the vacant seat, and whether an applicant who has been convicted on felony charges is eligible. The school board, voting last week by secret ballot, appointed Saul E.
NEWS
May 12, 1994
The state-appointed administrator running the Compton School District came under fire this week for recent appointments of new top administrators in the district. Administrator J. Jerome Harris promoted Acting Supt. Harold Cebrun to superintendent. He also named George J.
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