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March 12, 1991
The Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education will vote tonight on a series of proposed cuts that would trim $10.7 million from the district's budget next year. The cuts, which could result in more than 100 layoffs and reductions in several academic programs, will be necessary if Gov. Pete Wilson's proposed 1991-92 state budget is approved in its entirety, district officials said. The district, Orange County's largest, outlined the cuts at a special study session last week.
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June 1, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The passage for the seventh-grade lesson was blatantly offensive - an excerpt from a 1938 anti-Semitic children's book . But that was the point: to provide students in the Santa Ana school district with a perfect illustration of insidious propaganda. In the book, a mother and her son gather mushrooms in the forest, and she explains that, as with mushrooms, there also are poisonous people. Slapping his chest in pride, the boy says, "Of course I know, mother! They are the Jews!"
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1988 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Rudy Castruita, who rose from a limited-English El Monte kindergartner to earn a doctorate at USC, was named Tuesday as the first Latino superintendent in the heavily Latino Santa Ana Unified School District. The board chose Castruita, 44, to succeed Edward S. Krass, who submitted his resignation last week for health reasons. Krass, 58, is recovering from knee replacement surgery last month and is scheduled to undergo the same operation on his other knee in March.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Longtime Santa Ana Unified School District Supt. Al Mijares announced his resignation Friday to take an administrative position with an educational testing organization. Mijares, who has headed the district for 12 years, will become vice president of the Western region of the College Board, a nonprofit that creates such standardized tests as the SAT. The 53-year-old superintendent plans to leave his post by late August.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1986 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
In an unusual move, the Santa Ana school board has voted to buy a church complex and use it temporarily for an elementary school beginning this fall. Within the next three years, the school board said, a new school will be built on 5.75 acres of land now occupied by the Bristol Street Baptist Church, 1818 S. Bristol St. It will be one of six new elementary schools that the Santa Ana Unified School District will build by the early 1990s to handle the district's burgeoning enrollment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1993 | ALICIA DI RADO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two dozen fourth- and fifth-graders sat up straight in their tiny classroom chairs, tapping their feet to the beat of an anti-drug rap that blared from a boombox. "I don't drink it, I don't smoke it," the children sang, as their teacher, Dianna Marchese, paced back and forth before them keeping time. "I don't use it," they sang. "I don't hurt my body." Marchese, a songwriter from Tustin, smiled and stopped the tape.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1997 | JEFF KASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's 9:15 a.m., and students at Sierra Intermediate School are reading. So are teachers, secretaries and the principal. The head of plant maintenance, Charlie See, also is reading. He peruses "The Complete Handyman" as jazz music plays over the radio in his small office. The rest of the school is so silent that you can almost hear the pages of books being turned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1999 | Mathis Winkler, (949) 764-4311
The City Council has endorsed a $145-million bond measure for the Santa Ana Unified School District. Now council members want something in return: the freedom for Santa Ana students to attend Irvine schools. Irvine officials will ask school trustees in Santa Ana not to contest releases for students who live in parts of Irvine that belong to the Santa Ana district. Since districts existed before many Orange County cities--including Irvine--were established, boundaries often overlap.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2000
I am a teacher in the Santa Ana school district. I have seen good things happening in education this year. I am very afraid that the gains I am seeing, with the major shift in focus on education, will be set back if Proposition 38 is passed. Whether a person is for or against vouchers is not the problem here. This proposition is very faulty. There are no safeguards to ensure the students will receive a quality education. Standards on staffing, class size, accessibility and teaching standards have not been defined.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2006 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
Some parents of students at a Santa Ana school say they are upset that authorities kept quiet about an apparent gang shooting adjacent to campus Wednesday, but instead briefed faculty members and told them not to divulge details unless asked. A suspected gang member was shot in the buttocks late Wednesday afternoon on the boundary of Spurgeon Intermediate School when school was out but students still mingled on the other side of campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2005 | Claudia Luther, Times Staff Writer
John Dunworth, a lifelong educator and former superintendent of the Santa Ana School District who left retirement to rescue a tiny Florida school by becoming its principal, serving at the salary of $1 for the year, has died. He was 81. Dunworth died Monday at his Pensacola, Fla., home of a blood condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Ana school district and the construction company it sued for alleged gross mismanagement of an ambitious expansion program have settled the case out of court, officials announced Thursday. The district hired Del Terra Construction Group in 2000 after voters approved a $145-million bond measure to fund construction, modernizations and additions at 31 campuses.
OPINION
February 2, 2003
In six years on the Santa Ana school board, Nativo V. Lopez has given the public ample reason to wonder whether he's the man for the job. That's a question the voters should answer in two years, when Lopez's current term expires. We wouldn't endorse him for re-election, but the recall campaign is another matter. We recommend a "no" vote in Tuesday's recall election. Lopez's critics have no solid evidence that he committed misdeeds serious enough be pulled from office midterm.
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October 8, 2002 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soil samples from a proposed school site at the former Tustin Marine base showed unacceptably high levels of toxic substances, including metals and cancer-causing chemicals, according to an environmental report released Monday. The report, first acknowledged by officials last week, puts in doubt plans for a combined elementary and middle school campus by the Santa Ana Unified School District for 22 acres at the corner of Red Hill and Warner avenues.
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May 15, 2002 | Dana Parsons
I vowed (privately) not to return from vacation until Tustin and Santa Ana officials settled their argument over the former Tustin Marine base. Sly as a fox, I figured to be vacationing a long, long time. Given the cities' rhetoric over the years, I expected a Sharon-Arafat brunch before Tustin and Santa Ana ever broke bread.
NEWS
March 27, 1985
The Santa Ana Unified School Board has decided to postpone a decision on a site for a new high school until its next meeting on April 9 to allow more study on the issue, Assistant Supt. Anthony J. Delessi said. The board is considering five possible sites, all located in east Santa Ana near McFadden and Edinger avenues, but opted to delay the decision to allow Santa Fe Railroad officials to help in the search. Two of the proposed sites are on land owned by the railroad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2001 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chanting, "Shame on Tustin" and "Do the right thing," about 300 people rallied Monday at Tustin City Hall to demand that the city give up 100 acres of its closed Marine base to two Santa Ana school districts for new campuses. The protest was the latest skirmish in an increasingly acrimonious dispute between the districts and Tustin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO and HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Navy officials have approved a controversial plan by the city of Tustin to redevelop the closed Marine helicopter base there, a proposal that denies two Santa Ana school districts space for a kindergarten-through-college campus. The federal approval, called a record of decision, was signed Friday in Washington by Duncan Holaday, Navy deputy assistant secretary for installations and facilities. It will become official when it is posted in the Federal Register next week.
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