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March 17, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
A police sergeant with the Santa Ana Unified School District was arrested Friday in a child pornography investigation, authorities said. Kendall Scott Poole, 49, was taken into custody about 9:30 a.m. at his Irvine home in the 4600 block of Roxbury Drive, according to Lt. Rick Handfield, a spokesman for the Irvine Police Department. He would not say how Poole came to investigators' attention and provided few other details.
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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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January 18, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two teenage boys killed in a Tustin garage fire over the weekend were identified Wednesday by the Orange County coroner's office. David Finnerty, 14, and David Grant, 16, both of Tustin, died early Sunday when the garage in which they were apparently sleeping caught fire and burned. The cause of the fire in the 16500 block of Lorelei Lane is under investigation, police officials said.
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January 10, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Jane A. Russo has been named superintendent of Orange County's largest school district, Santa Ana Unified officials announced Tuesday. Russo, who has served as interim superintendent since August, will oversee the 53,000-student school district with a budget of $453 million. She replaces Al Mijares, who was superintendent for 12 years before leaving last year to join the College Board, which publishes the SAT test.
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January 4, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Facing declining enrollment, which means less money for Orange County's largest school district, Santa Ana Unified will eliminate 60 teaching positions and cut $15 million from its upcoming budget, according to the district. Santa Ana has cut $58 million from its budgets since 2004. "The last few years, we've hacked. The effort has always been to keep it out of the classroom," said district spokeswoman Susan Brandt. This year "we may wind up getting to things like the music and arts program.
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January 2, 2007 | Yvonne Villarreal, Times Staff Writer
Before her sophomore year in high school, Gloria Alday never dreamed of going away to college. Her traditional Mexican father didn't want her to leave the family home. But a two-year mentorship program in Santa Ana inspired her to academic greatness, and despite her father's disapproval, she was accepted by Yale, UC Berkeley, New York University and the University of Michigan.
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