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October 22, 1991
There are two incumbents, an appointed incumbent and two challengers running for three at-large seats on the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Trustees in the Nov. 5 election. Rosemarie (Rosie) Avila Age: 43 Occupation: Teacher/ administrator. Background: Has served on the parent advisory committee for the Santa Ana district; oversees curriculum selection as an administrator; involvement in PTA and other community organizations.
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September 12, 2007 | Ashley Powers and Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writers
The Santa Ana Unified School District, already hurting from the loss of $2 million in state aid because it botched its class-size reduction program, announced Tuesday it was going to lose an additional $3.2 million because it overstated the number of special education students enrolled in its summer school programs.
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April 23, 1996
Santa Ana Unified is one of the fastest growing school districts in the county, increasing nearly 3% in just the last year: '95-'96: 50,309 Source: Santa Ana Unified School District
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August 29, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Class-size reduction was improperly implemented in Santa Ana high schools this past school year, according to an audit released Tuesday night. As a result, the audit found, the school district will lose nearly $90,000 in state funds. The same flaws may have occurred the year before, costing the district as much as another $20,000, according to the audit by accounting firm Nigro, Nigro & White that was presented at Tuesday night's school board meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2006
Jane Russo, a top city schools administrator, is now interim superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District, trustees announced Thursday. Russo, currently a deputy superintendent, takes over Aug. 1 from Supt. Al Mijares, who is ending a 12-year tenure to become vice president of the College Board's western region.
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January 15, 1999 | Jason Kandel, (714) 564-1038
Santa Ana Unified School District parents interested in placing their kindergarten-age child on the Greenville Elementary School waiting list for the 1999-2000 school year can sign up beginning Feb. 27, 8 to 11 a.m. Information explaining the waiting list is available at the school's office, 3600 S. Raitt St. Information: (714) 558-5555.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 1989
"Major Art, Minor Artists IV," an exhibition of artworks by students from the Santa Ana Unified School District, closes at the Art Store Gallery, 4040 Campus Drive, Newport Beach. Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission: free. Information: (714) 558-5727.
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July 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A state Department of Education probe of the Santa Ana Unified School District's special education program found the district to be in compliance with state and federal law, authorities said Monday. The investigation was prompted by complaints from two Valley High School teachers alleging that special education students had been shifted into regular classes because there was not enough space to give them separate classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Ana Unified School District will lose $2 million in state funding because it improperly implemented the state's class-size reduction program in the first, second and third grades this school year, according to the preliminary results of an independent audit released Tuesday night. "It's regrettable," said Supt. Jane Russo. "We will do everything we can to correct it, see where errors occurred and make sure it doesn't happen again."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Independent auditors will examine Santa Ana Unified School District's class-size reduction program, an investigation prompted by a Times report that the district falsified documents and misused substitute teachers in an effort to retain state funding earmarked for small kindergarten through third-grade classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Grappling with a budget shortfall caused by declining enrollment, trustees of Orange County's largest school district voted Tuesday to close two schools in June as part of a plan to cut $15.6 million in spending for the next school year. Closing Grant Elementary and Taft Intermediate schools will save the Santa Ana Unified School District $723,000 annually.
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February 28, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Santa Ana Unified School District board members discussed how to cut $21 million in spending for the upcoming school year but hadn't completed their work during a meeting that continued late into the evening Tuesday. "After several consecutive years of making reductions, it's not getting any easier," Rob Richardson, president of the school board, said before the meeting. Orange County's largest school district has declined by 6,000 -- to 54,800 students -- in four years.
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February 23, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Even though it is only the opening salvo in what are expected to be bitter negotiations over teachers' healthcare costs, a Santa Ana Unified School District proposal to raise premiums as much as $800 per month has teachers fuming. District officials say the proposal was meant to draw attention to rising health costs the district is paying. "You're trying to get a reaction out of them, and then you sit down and you negotiate," said district board member Audrey Yamagata-Noji.
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February 15, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education voted Wednesday to cut an additional $8.8 million from its budget for the 2007-08 school year. The cuts, which will eliminate some administrative staff, delay the opening of Heroes Elementary School and remove several leased portable classrooms, are being made in response to declining student enrollment.
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January 18, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jose Alfredo Hernandez has been appointed to Santa Ana Unified School District's board of trustees, the district announced Wednesday. The appointment of Hernandez, 33, an attorney who has two children attending district schools, fills a vacancy created by Sal Tinajero's election to the City Council in November. Hernandez, who attended city schools and has been a substitute teacher in the district, was chosen for the five-member board from a field of 16 applicants.
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