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June 28, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
Trustees of the county's largest school district approved an annual spending plan this week that is smaller than the current budget but continues funding for most programs. Santa Ana Unified's $239-million budget for the 1996-97 school year retains spending for special education and a regional occupational program, but designates no additional funds to accommodate a growing student population.
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November 25, 2000 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year after voters approved a $145-million bond measure, the Santa Ana Unified School District is under fire for moving so slowly to design construction projects that it has lost the chance to get millions of dollars in matching state funds--and could lose millions more. The missed opportunities are pitting angry board members against each other and getting parents riled. "There were some bureaucratic and administrative bungles along the way," board member Audrey Yamagata-Noji said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1996 | JEFF KASS
A tax proposal that would cost the average household about $15 a year and would be used to improve classroom technology is scheduled for a review by the school board tonight. Faced with overcrowding and badly needed repairs at some schools, trustees of the Santa Ana Unified School District appointed a committee in June to gauge public support for a bond measure. The district estimates that it needs more than $125 million to expand and modernize its schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2000 | Chris Ceballos, (714) 966-7440
The City Council on Monday approved $1.7 million in redevelopment funds for the Orange County High School of the Arts. School officials will use the money as needed to cover the $16-million cost of opening the new campus. The school received approval from the Santa Ana Unified school board last month to operate as a charter school in the district, under the condition that 25% of enrollment be reserved for local students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1996 | JEFF KASS
The school district's preliminary 1996-97 budget will be about $239 million, officials said this week, down by $6 million from the budget for the current year, which benefited from several one-time cash infusions. The preliminary budget presented to trustees of the Santa Ana Unified School District for review Tuesday is set for approval June 25. Trustee Robert W. Balen questioned why a handful of grants, such as the $1-million Safe Schools Program, are disappearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1992 | JON NALICK
The Santa Ana Unified School District board on Tuesday approved a revised 1992-93 budget that includes no new cuts for now, but officials warned that state budget problems have soured hopes that future reductions can be avoided. Controller Bob Giritz said Wednesday that the plan will cover a $316,000 deficit by reducing the district's reserve to its legal limit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1992
The Santa Ana Unified School District has been awarded grants totaling $343,305 for educational programs for infants and young children. District spokeswoman Diane Thomas said a recently awarded $175,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will pay for a program for pupils with limited English at Henninger, Lowell and Martin elementary schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1992 | JON NALICK
The Santa Ana Unified School District must come up with $1.3 billion to build the dozens of new schools and refurbish old ones needed to house students over the next 28 years, according to a district report. The report, presented to the Board of Education at its regular meeting Tuesday, states that the expanding student population will require the district to open 42 new schools by the year 2020 to accommodate an estimated 98,000 new students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1993 | JON NALICK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three Latino activists urged the Santa Ana school board to reconsider its support of a controversial city redevelopment plan. The board recently endorsed the plan, which was expected to bring in tens of millions of dollars to the district for building schools over the next 35 years. But the City Council dropped consideration of the project for now after more than 2,000 residents, most of them Latino, showed up to oppose it last week.
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June 26, 1992 | JON NALICK
Fewer teachers, fewer classes and higher fees for student athletes are just some of the painful decisions that Santa Ana Unified School District officials approved this week to balance its anemic 1992-93 budget. On Tuesday, the district board passed its $198.4-million spending plan, which eliminates 90 teaching positions, reduces benefits for employees and increases average class size to its legal limit.
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February 12, 1997 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A fund-raising arm of the Santa Ana Unified School District has come under fire for accepting a donation from the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. shortly after the district took part in a nationwide effort led by President Bill Clinton to crack down on teen smoking. School officials said Tuesday that the donation--the amount of which has yet to be determined--will not deter them from preaching the hazards of smoking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1996 | JEFF KASS
School board members say they will consider a state proposal to pay a bonus for reducing class size, but for now they will focus only on first grade. Gov. Pete Wilson has offered $650 a student to school districts that reduce class size to 20 students through third grade. The proposal is expected to pay for about 80% of the cost associated with the reduction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
Trustees of the county's largest school district approved an annual spending plan this week that is smaller than the current budget but continues funding for most programs. Santa Ana Unified's $239-million budget for the 1996-97 school year retains spending for special education and a regional occupational program, but designates no additional funds to accommodate a growing student population.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1996 | JEFF KASS
The school district's preliminary 1996-97 budget will be about $239 million, officials said this week, down by $6 million from the budget for the current year, which benefited from several one-time cash infusions. The preliminary budget presented to trustees of the Santa Ana Unified School District for review Tuesday is set for approval June 25. Trustee Robert W. Balen questioned why a handful of grants, such as the $1-million Safe Schools Program, are disappearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1996 | JEFF KASS
With a budget surplus of more than $6.4 million, school board members say they want to spend about $2 million on projects ranging from reducing classroom size to hiring new employees. At the Santa Ana Unified School District board meeting Tuesday, trustees asked for a list of spending options by March after hearing a presentation on the budget. "We're still looking at a very substantial surplus here," board member Robert W. Balen said. Supt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1996 | JEFF KASS
A tax proposal that would cost the average household about $15 a year and would be used to improve classroom technology is scheduled for a review by the school board tonight. Faced with overcrowding and badly needed repairs at some schools, trustees of the Santa Ana Unified School District appointed a committee in June to gauge public support for a bond measure. The district estimates that it needs more than $125 million to expand and modernize its schools.
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September 12, 1994 | JON NALICK
Schools throughout the Santa Ana Unified School District have received more than $550,000 from the state Department of Education to fund drop-out prevention programs, a spokeswoman said. The grant will be shared by 13 schools. Each will receive almost $43,000, district spokeswoman Diane Thomas said. In awarding money, state officials asked school districts to show proof of the success of their drop-out programs. Santa Ana Unified has cut its drop-out rate by 45% since 1985, Thomas said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1995 | RUSS LOAR and JEFF KASS and DEBRA CANO
An advisory committee has recommended that the Santa Ana Unified School District put a bond measure on the June ballot to raise $32 million for new classroom computer technology. The recommendation came on the heels of a poll commissioned by the district, which is seeking solutions to overcrowded and outdated classrooms.
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January 6, 1995 | JON NALICK
Students at an elementary school are seeking donations of aluminum cans to help raise money for a $2,500 playground backstop, school officials said. The students at Walker Elementary School have collected and recycled enough cans since the start of the school year to raise about $200 toward purchase of the equipment. School Principal Robert De Berry said that, although the school is 16 months old, it is not fully equipped.
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