April 8, 1990
The Pasadena Unified School District has received grants of $26,000 from Kaiser Permanente for two health education projects. A grant of $15,000 will enable the district to revise and expand its health curriculum. An $11,000 grant will allow the district to present a special workshop at the National Assn. of School Nurses' annual conference in New Orleans in June.
June 15, 1989
On behalf of Support South Pasadena Schools, we want to express our appreciation to the hundreds of parents, teachers, business people, school administrators and community members who worked tirelessly for the passage of Proposition A. While the measure lost at the polls, we believe a coalition in support of our schools has been built. We also believe that Support South Pasadena Schools is a good example of the greatness of our community--people working in concert to find solutions to some tough problems.
October 17, 1985
The Pasadena Educational Foundation has given the Unified School District $50,000 to help fund the first year of the Tutoring and Homework Assistance Network. The foundation has agreed to raise $161,000 for the network, an after-school assistance program that will be offered at no cost to students on all campuses when it begins later this month. The program is headed by Angie O'Brien, a district teacher for 30 years, and volunteer workers are being recruited by Tony Santilena.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1999
Although standardized test scores for the Pasadena Unified School District were primarily in the below-average range for the second year, there were gains across most grades and subject areas. The majority of reading scores on the Stanford 9 went up by 3 to 8 percentage points for the 17,745 students tested in grades 2 through 11. Greater improvements were made in math, which saw up to an 11-point percentage change from last year.
July 30, 1989
Phillip B. Jordan, who has been superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District since 1985, has announced he will retire in January. Jordan said he will be 59 and will have spent 35 years in education by the beginning of next year. His wife has already retired. She was a teacher in Los Angeles. The decision to retire seemed to catch the school board by surprise, Jordan said, even though he had told board members when he was hired that he would not stay more than four years.
September 9, 1993
School Supt. Vera Vignes and community leaders told more than 1,500 teachers, students and parents gathered at Lake Avenue Congregational Church on Wednesday morning that together the community can transform its schools this year. "We're in a period of transition, a period of change," Vignes said. The meeting was called to welcome the community to the new school year starting Monday--one that school officials hope will be a turning point for the district.
June 1, 1989 |
Say tax in this fiscally conservative city and, most of the time, get ready to duck. But Proposition A, a proposed education parcel tax that will be considered by the voters in a special election Tuesday, is different. Instead of clamorous protest, it is attracting harmonious across-the-board support, with everybody from PTA presidents to traditional tax-bashing organizations praising the measure. "I think it's significant that factions in this community who never agreed on anything in the past are all throwing their support behind this initiative," said Jessica Katz, a mother of two students who is managing the campaign for Proposition A. The proposal would impose a $98-a-year tax on each parcel in the city for five years.
April 13, 1989 |
Call it the phantom campaign. Juan Francisco Lara dropped out of the race for a seat on the Pasadena Unified School District board more than two months ago for unspecified personal reasons. Despite refusing to campaign, he still won enough votes in the March 7 primary to have his name placed on the runoff ballot. Next Tuesday, Lara will face George A. Padilla in an election that both candidates say has become a bit ridiculous. Lara, 45, former assistant dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education, asked to be dropped from the election, but the city said his name could not be removed from the ballot unless Lara obtained a court order.
July 10, 1986 |
Supt. Phillip Jordan this week unveiled a sweeping reorganization of the Pasadena Unified School District that includes the hiring of four highly touted administrators and the shuffling of personnel at the seven secondary schools. The Board of Trustees approved the plan unanimously and enthusiastically at its meeting Tuesday, with board members hailing it as "a bold move" that could begin "a renaissance of education" in Pasadena.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1999
The massive, gothic headquarters of the Board of Education should be sold and a more practical site found, a committee has recommended. A spokeswoman for the Pasadena Unified School District said it will hold a series of public meetings before deciding on the recommendation by the facilities committee, which includes many prominent city leaders. The District Administrative Center at Hudson and Del Mar avenues is estimated to be worth at least $4.5 million.