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December 22, 1988
The Long Beach school board has voted, 3-2, to double its pay to the state-allowed maximum of $18,000 a year for each member. Members Jenny Oropeza, Bobbie Smith and Jerry Schultz supported the move Monday night to boost their pay while President Harriet Williams and Karin Polacheck were opposed. Oropeza said she needs the increase so she can devote more time to the school board, which usually meets three times a month. She recently quit her job as a legislative assistant.
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October 17, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A 35-year-old longtime volunteer coach at Hughes Middle School in Long Beach was charged Thursday with sexually abusing two children under 14, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Christopher Anthony Gray of Long Beach, who was arrested Tuesday, was charged with six counts of lewd acts upon a child, two counts of continuous sexual abuse and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. His bail was set at $200,000. He was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.
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April 1, 1999 | MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With a windfall $295 million heading for their coffers, Long Beach school officials will begin prioritizing the repairs and construction to be funded by the bond measure passed Tuesday. Final poll results show that 71% of the voters in the Long Beach Unified School District approved the bond measure, which required a two-thirds majority for passage. In all, 34,778 voters in Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and on Catalina Island voted.
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March 25, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details The Long Beach school board voted Monday to push start times at the district's middle schools from 8 to 9 a.m. -- a cost-cutting move officials believe will also boost student success. The board unanimously approved the plan, spearheaded by Supt. Christopher Steinhauser. Beginning in the fall, students at all of the district's middle schools will start class at 9 a.m. and get out at 3:40 p.m. The change will save the district about $1 million in transportation costs, Steinhauser said.
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December 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Long Beach Unified School District may lose a claim totaling more than $70 million in state funds for the district's voluntary desegregation programs because state auditors say the school system cannot fully document the claim. In a preliminary report, auditors concluded that the district is not entitled to the money and may actually owe the state another $9 million because of incomplete financial records, sources close to the audit said.
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March 23, 1995 | PSYCHE PASCUAL
Long Beach school officials plan to move out of their downtown offices by this summer if a deal to purchase a new office building closes next month. The district's administrative offices are in a 1930s-era building that is showing increasing signs of decay, business officer Tomio Nishimura said. Water pipes are rusting, the roof leaks, and there are chronic problems with the heating and air conditioning in the five-story, 60,000-square-foot building, Nishimura said.
NEWS
March 22, 1990
The Long Beach school board is having a two-day retreat this weekend and the public is welcome to attend if anyone wants to go to the trouble of boarding a boat, then a bus and possibly camping out. To sit in on discussions involving the future of the Long Beach Unified School District, those who are interested must first board a boat around 7 a.m.
NEWS
November 27, 1986 | RALPH CIPRIANO, Times Staff Writer
The school board has decided to tap local developers for at least $3.5 million a year in its campaign to build 13 new schools. Board members Tuesday voted unanimously to impose fees of $1.50 a square foot for new residences and 25 cents a square foot for commercial buildings. The fees are effective Jan. 1, and will bring in between $3.5 million and $4 million a year, school officials have estimated.
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September 28, 1989 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, Times Staff Writer
Toby Carpenter's parents don't speak Spanish, but they would like their daughter to learn. So the Long Beach 6-year-old will spend the first few years of her education learning how to read and write first in Spanish--then in English. "Que hace su mama?" teacher Margaret Sanders asked her class at the beginning of a social studies discussion about families and working moms. A little girl squatting on a rug understood that Sanders was asking what her mother does.
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December 7, 1995 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The attorney general wore orange. Everyone else wore Rogers red. U.S. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno, acting as an emissary from President Clinton, came to Long Beach's Will Rogers Middle School on Wednesday to sing the praises of school uniforms. She stood at the podium and, looking out, saw nothing but red sweatshirts, white shirts and blouses, and black shorts, pants and skirts.
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May 26, 2012 | By Rosanna Xia and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
A day after a former high school football star had his rape conviction dismissed, attention focused on the woman who recanted the sexual assault claim she made 10 years ago. Wanetta Gibson was a high school sophomore when she accused Brian Banks of raping her at Long Beach Poly High School. She and her family sued the school, receiving a $750,000 settlement, and Banks spent five years in prison after pleading no contest to forcible rape. Even though a judge tossed out the rape charge Thursday, it remains far from certain whether Gibson, 24, will face any consequences.
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December 3, 2009 | By Bob Pool
Students are welding the old to the new at Rosie the Riveter High School. The Long Beach charter school was created in 2007 to help prepare teenage girls for careers as welders, plumbers, carpenters, electricians and other trades. Today, its 50-member student body includes girls and boys, but its organizers still attempt to break down barriers for women seeking careers in what largely remains a man's world. "It's about trying to change the way society looks at women," said Lynn Shaw, who helped create Rosie the Riveter High.
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August 7, 2009 | Seema Mehta
A Long Beach school board member who is being sought by authorities and has not attended a board meeting in three months has resigned, district officials said Thursday. Michael Shane Ellis' letter of resignation was hand-delivered to a shuttered district headquarters sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. "It's been an enormous distraction in a very difficult time," said board member Dave Barton. The resignation "is long overdue.
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July 22, 2009 | Howard Blume
School trustees voted Monday to place a parcel tax on the November ballot. The measure, if approved by a two-thirds majority, would raise $11.5 million annually for five years with the goal of offsetting reduced state funding for schools. Individual property owners within Long Beach Unified would pay $92 per parcel. Voters in the state's third-largest school system have previously approved two local school construction bonds that remain on the tax rolls. Money from the two construction bonds cannot be used to pay for ongoing operations, unlike the parcel tax. The sales pitch to voters will include the district's being recognized as one of the more successful urban school systems.
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April 3, 2009 | Seema Mehta
For the fifth time, the Long Beach Unified School District on Thursday was named a finalist for the prestigious Broad Prize, which honors excellence in urban education and comes with a top reward of $1 million in college scholarships. School districts cannot apply for the award. Instead, researchers study student performance data in the nation's 100 largest cities and compare districts with similar demographics.
OPINION
September 19, 2007
Once again, Long Beach Unified School District has been recognized as one of America's best. Although New York City won the Broad Prize for Urban Education on Tuesday -- a distinction awarded to the district for demonstrating progress in closing the achievement gap between black and Latino students and whites -- Long Beach, which won the prize in 2003, made history by returning this year as a top-five finalist.
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