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December 16, 1993 | HOWARD BLUME and PSYCHE PASCUAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
State officials have selected a veteran educator with a reputation for turning around urban school systems to take the helm of the financially strapped, academically struggling Compton Unified School District, where discontent erupted this week into gunfire. Jerome Harris, 62, will be asked to bring solvency, stability and academic success to a school district that is demoralized by a state takeover, massive layoffs and employee pay cuts.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1994 | HOWARD BLUME, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Veteran school district administrator Jerome Harris took control of the Compton Unified School District on Thursday, announcing that he would work around the clock to rejuvenate the troubled school system financially and academically. Harris, former superintendent of the Atlanta public schools, will serve as the district's state-appointed administrator, replacing interim administrator Stanley G. Oswalt.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1994 | HOWARD BLUME, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Veteran school district administrator Jerome Harris took control of the Compton Unified School District on Thursday, announcing that he would work around the clock to rejuvenate the troubled school system financially and academically. Harris, former superintendent of the Atlanta public schools, will serve as the district's state-appointed administrator, replacing interim administrator Stanley G. Oswalt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1993 | HOWARD BLUME and PSYCHE PASCUAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
State officials have selected a veteran educator with a reputation for turning around urban school systems to take the helm of the financially strapped, academically struggling Compton Unified School District, where discontent erupted this week into gunfire. Jerome Harris, 62, will be asked to bring solvency, stability and academic success to a school district that is demoralized by a state takeover, massive layoffs and employee pay cuts.
NEWS
February 23, 1995
Schools Supt. Harold L. Cebrun has received a three-year contract extension to July, 1998. State-appointed administrator Jerome Harris approved the extension, saying the move is aimed at providing the district with high quality, stable leadership. Cebrun's $106,646 annual salary will remain the same, a spokeswoman said. Cebrun joined the district in 1991 as an area superintendent. He became acting superintendent in December, 1992. He was named superintendent in March.
NEWS
July 21, 1994
The state administrator appointed to run the Compton Unified School District has approved a budget for next school year that cuts funds for paying employees but increases spending for books and supplies. Administrator Jerome Harris also passed a five-year plan for the troubled district to repay nearly $20 million in state loans. The plan includes reducing staff by attrition or possibly by layoffs. The 1994-95 budget increases spending for supplies by 1.5%, from $6.7 million to $6.8 million.
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
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.
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.
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March 3, 1991 | DON SNOWDEN
Cellist Roberts' Birds of Prey quintet is just your everyday chamber-folk-funk-fusion-avant-rock-blues improvising ensemble. This CD could easily be a mutant mess if not for female vocalist D.K. Dyson, a shining beacon. Roberts doesn't hog the spotlight and his compositions ably negotiate juxtapositions which are often jarring but rarely forced.
NEWS
October 13, 1994 | JOHN D. WAGNER
School officials are accepting applications to fill the seat formerly held by Lynn Dymally, who was ousted last month after she had not attended a school board meeting in a year. A committee of community members will screen the applicants. The filing deadline is Wednesday. Board officials are expected to announce a successor to Dymally at their Nov. 8 meeting.
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.
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