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February 1, 1996
The San Marino Unified School District hopes to do something about "the sorry state that our schools are in," said Supt. Thomas Godley. The district's five schools have not been refurbished since libraries were added to some schools more than four years ago, and one board member said, "The walls are crumbling around us." To raise money for renovation, the school board this week unanimously approved placing a $34.9-million general obligations bond on the June 4 ballot.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2007 | SANDY BANKS
The grumbling reaches fever pitch at many schools this time of year. The semester is nearing its end and homework assignments are piling up -- just as the winter break is about to begin. Parents of school kids know what that means: Their children will be lugging loaded backpacks on ski vacations and ditching family dinners to finish school projects. Not even on holiday, it seems, can a kid escape the homework demons.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1991
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at halting a March 5 election over the transfer of 71 homes from the Pasadena Unified School District to the San Marino Unified School District. Judge Ronald M. Sohigian refused to overturn a Sept. 14 decision by the state Board of Education authorizing the vote. Only one of more than 40 children in the unincorporated 22 acres attends Pasadena schools, according to the county Office of Education. The rest go to private schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2002 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former San Marino schools administrator was charged Wednesday with embezzling more than $50,000 through a series of false invoices for district equipment and labor. John Hughes, former maintenance director for the San Marino Unified School District, is charged with one felony count of misappropriation of funds and one felony count of embezzlement with the special circumstance that he took more than $50,000. He faces up to eight years in prison if convicted, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Kerry White.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1992
In the latest twist of a long-running battle between Pasadena school officials and 71 homeowners who want to secede from the district, a state Court of Appeal has invalidated a 1991 election in which the residents voted to become part of the San Marino Unified School District. Appellate Court Judge P. J. Gates last week ordered a second election to give all residents of the Pasadena Unified School District an opportunity to vote.
NEWS
June 16, 1991
The San Marino Unified School District, its finances bolstered by the recently passed land parcel tax, will be able to spend $150,000 annually for the next four years for earthquake safety refurbishing of 10 classrooms at Huntington Intermediate School, officials announced last week. The tax, approved by voters June 4, is expected to boost school district coffers by $500,000 a year for four years.
NEWS
June 10, 1993
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a court ruling that prevents the transfer of a three-block county area from Pasadena Unified School District to the academically stronger San Marino Unified School District. The nine justices refused to hear an appeal by John Musser and the other 125 residents of an affluent, unincorporated neighborhood along San Pasqual Street.
NEWS
January 6, 1994
An education foundation is hoping to raise a record $750,000 by the end of the summer semester for the city's school district. The San Marino Schools Foundation has set the goal $250,000 higher than the amount it raised for 1992-93. The foundation is already on its way to its goal. Contributions are up 32% compared to this time last year, foundation officials said. Since it was formed 14 years ago, the foundation has raised more than $4 million for the San Marino Unified School District.
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February 24, 1991 | HOWARD BLUME, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At face value, the Pasadena Unified School District will probably lose just one student and one small neighborhood, thanks to a court decision last week permitting a March 5 school-district transfer election in an area just north of San Marino. But Pasadena officials look beyond this redistricting skirmish. They fear the urban district is losing its war to stop white flight to private schools and public school districts, such as San Marino, that serve wealthier areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2002 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former San Marino schools administrator was charged Wednesday with embezzling more than $50,000 through a series of false invoices for district equipment and labor. John Hughes, former maintenance director for the San Marino Unified School District, is charged with one felony count of misappropriation of funds and one felony count of embezzlement with the special circumstance that he took more than $50,000. He faces up to eight years in prison if convicted, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Kerry White.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1997
Calling it a unanimous vote for continuity, San Marino school board officials appointed Assistant Supt. Jack Rose on Thursday night to replace departing school chief Thomas Godley. Rose, 54, who joined the school district as a junior high school assistant principal in 1981, was chosen based on his knowledge of the community and his work with the school board, said school board member Marnie Dam. "I think he'll do a fabulous job," Dam said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1996 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a stately San Marino home with quiet, dark-wood floors, an unplugged baseball bat lamp and two empty beds, Diana and Milan Cheyovich wait and pray for the return e two boys they wistfully call their "children." The couple had reared their grandchildren for more than half the boys' lives, during their daughter Joan's frequent escapes from a bad marriage in France. When Joan Cheyovich Joye died suddenly in 1992, the boys' father agreed that they should stay with their maternal grandparents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1996
The San Marino Unified School District hopes to do something about "the sorry state that our schools are in," said Supt. Thomas Godley. The district's five schools have not been refurbished since libraries were added to some schools more than four years ago, and one board member said, "The walls are crumbling around us." To raise money for renovation, the school board this week unanimously approved placing a $34.9-million general obligations bond on the June 4 ballot.
NEWS
September 22, 1994 | CYNTHIA WALKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert and J.R. Davidson went to a Huntington Middle School dance last Christmas expecting to rock and roll. Instead, they said, they were kicked off the campus and told to wait for a ride at a closed library. Contending that the incident was racially biased, the Davidson brothers, who are African American, are suing the school district in federal court.
NEWS
January 6, 1994
An education foundation is hoping to raise a record $750,000 by the end of the summer semester for the city's school district. The San Marino Schools Foundation has set the goal $250,000 higher than the amount it raised for 1992-93. The foundation is already on its way to its goal. Contributions are up 32% compared to this time last year, foundation officials said. Since it was formed 14 years ago, the foundation has raised more than $4 million for the San Marino Unified School District.
NEWS
November 28, 1993 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To some political activists, the recent election of several Chinese Americans to San Gabriel Valley school boards reflects a coming of age in a community dominated by immigrants. But to Rosa Tao Zee, whose win in one of those races made her the first Asian American elected to office in San Marino, victory came down to a less abstract formula: painstaking campaigning and a decade of community service that won her respect in a city known as an enclave of old wealth.
NEWS
February 3, 1991 | HOWARD BLUME, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying that the quality of education in the district is at stake, San Marino Unified School District board members voted unanimously last week to place a property tax increase on the June ballot. The so-called parcel tax would levy $100 per property and raise about $500,000 a year for four years, beginning in 1991. Those over 65 could apply for an exemption for their homes.
NEWS
September 22, 1994 | CYNTHIA WALKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert and J.R. Davidson went to a Huntington Middle School dance last Christmas expecting to rock and roll. Instead, they said, they were kicked off the campus and told to wait for a ride at a closed library. Contending that the incident was racially biased, the Davidson brothers, who are African American, are suing the school district in federal court.
NEWS
June 10, 1993
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a court ruling that prevents the transfer of a three-block county area from Pasadena Unified School District to the academically stronger San Marino Unified School District. The nine justices refused to hear an appeal by John Musser and the other 125 residents of an affluent, unincorporated neighborhood along San Pasqual Street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1992 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Holocaust survivor who taught math in the San Marino Unified School District for 21 years has sued the district, claiming she was subjected to years of anti-Semitic harassment that school officials failed to stop or discourage. Georgia Gabor, 62, a Hungarian immigrant whose entire family was killed by the Nazis in World War II, said she became the target of anti-Semitic attacks at Huntington Middle School after she published her autobiography, "My Destiny: Survivor of the Holocaust," in 1981.
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