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July 10, 1986
Trustees of the Pasadena Unified School District are bracing for a possible $1.18-million budget shortfall that would result from cuts in the state's 1986-87 budget. Gov. George Deukmejian has blue-penciled the state's urban impact aid program, which was to have provided $70 million for urban school districts with high minority enrollments.
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.
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.
June 1, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
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 | ASHLEY DUNN, Times Staff Writer
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 | JEFFREY MILLER, Times Staff Writer
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.
March 25, 1993
The Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to sell a former school site to Pasadena City College for use as a new skills center. The five-member board's approval of the sale will allow two board members and an administrator to begin negotiating a price with the college for the property at 3081 Foothill Blvd. The negotiating team will consist of board President Elbie J. Hickambottom, board member Wilbert L. Smith and Nitra Brazile, assistant superintendent for business services.
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