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September 1, 1996 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jan Vickers' way of focusing on a difficult problem is to run. Or swim. Or ride a stationary bike. The president of the Laguna Beach Unified School District board, a former marathon runner and triathlete, had cut down to "only" 50 running miles and five hours on the bike a week. That was until the schools' startling financial meltdown struck last month, just weeks before classes are to begin. And Vickers has cranked it back up again.
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August 30, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday adopted an $8.9-billion budget that beefs up spending on textbooks, bathrooms and janitors, but fails to provide new funds for some chronic weak spots. The 2000-01 budget--about $12,500 per student--contains an increase of about $39 million for administration, said chief financial officer Joe Zeronian. He acknowledged that this year's reorganization into 11 mini-districts--once billed as a cost-saver--has actually made the bureaucracy more expensive.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
It was an emotional night Tuesday for school board members who apologized for taking a loan to invest in the troubled county bond pool and argued over the formation of a citizens' budget task force. After passing a resolution declaring a state of fiscal emergency in the Irvine Unified School District, board members cut an estimated $795,000 from the current school year's budget by delaying the hiring of a new superintendent until July 1 and freezing hiring and "nonessential" spending.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1996 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jan Vickers' way of focusing on a difficult problem is to run. Or swim. Or ride a stationary bike. The president of the Laguna Beach Unified School District board, a former marathon runner and triathlete, had cut down to "only" 50 running miles and five hours on the bike a week. That was until the schools' startling financial meltdown struck last month, just weeks before classes are to begin. And Vickers has cranked it back up again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1992 | KRISTINA LINDGREN
Satisfied that fellow trustees are beginning to work together, two members of the Rancho Santiago Community College District Board of Trustees have withdrawn a complaint lodged with a regional accrediting board. Trustees Carol Enos and Shirley Ralston two weeks ago wrote to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, charging that fellow board members were failing to live up to their responsibilities in governing the 46,000-student district.
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April 14, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Texas Board of Education voted to keep tobacco stocks despite protests that owning the shares sends conflicting signals to schoolchildren. The board rejected on a vote of 8 to 6 a proposal to divest 1.5 million shares of Philip Morris Cos. stock, worth at least $94 million, from the Permanent School Fund. "If you go through our portfolio I guarantee you'll find a substantial number of stocks that someone will object to," said board member Bob Akin of Commerce, Tex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
Chipping in to close a $2.2-million deficit in its 1993-94 budget, the Orange school board approved reducing its own compensation package last week by about 10% in a move that will save the district about $7,000 annually. The school board voted 6 to 1 Wednesday to trim its benefits package. Under the new program, trustees will receive a monthly stipend of $750. Previously, trustees received $380 plus a $450 health insurance package. Board President Maureen Aschoff cast the lone dissenting vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1992 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Still reeling from budget cuts that have slashed salaries along with hundreds of jobs, the chief financial officer for the Los Angeles Unified School District said Monday that the district will start the next school year with a shortfall of at least $348 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday adopted an $8.9-billion budget that beefs up spending on textbooks, bathrooms and janitors, but fails to provide new funds for some chronic weak spots. The 2000-01 budget--about $12,500 per student--contains an increase of about $39 million for administration, said chief financial officer Joe Zeronian. He acknowledged that this year's reorganization into 11 mini-districts--once billed as a cost-saver--has actually made the bureaucracy more expensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1992 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge ordered two county school districts Wednesday to stop using public funds to build opposition to the proposed Parental Choice Initiative but rebuffed an attempt to keep school boards from taking a stand on the measure. Just three minutes into an afternoon hearing, Superior Court Judge C. Robert Jameson said he had already decided that he would not order local boards to rescind resolutions they have passed opposing the proposed ballot initiative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1996 | CATHY WERBLIN
Eliminating programs, reassigning teachers and reducing employee benefits are some of the things Laguna school board members will discuss tonight as they seek to cut $700,000 from the district budget to avoid a fiscal crisis. A financial consultant announced to school officials Tuesday night that the Laguna Beach Unified School District will not have money to operate legally unless it makes the substantial cut in the budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
It was an emotional night Tuesday for school board members who apologized for taking a loan to invest in the troubled county bond pool and argued over the formation of a citizens' budget task force. After passing a resolution declaring a state of fiscal emergency in the Irvine Unified School District, board members cut an estimated $795,000 from the current school year's budget by delaying the hiring of a new superintendent until July 1 and freezing hiring and "nonessential" spending.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
Despite a plea from its president, the Anaheim City School District Board of Education has rejected a proposal to reinstate a DARE officer cut from its new $65-million budget. The board voted 4 to 1 Tuesday night to hire three part-time math and science teachers at a cost of $80,000 instead of retaining the drug education officer. "What can I say--I think it's wrong," board President Lou Lopez, a city police officer, said after the vote. "The DARE program is an important role model for students."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
Chipping in to close a $2.2-million deficit in its 1993-94 budget, the Orange school board approved reducing its own compensation package last week by about 10% in a move that will save the district about $7,000 annually. The school board voted 6 to 1 Wednesday to trim its benefits package. Under the new program, trustees will receive a monthly stipend of $750. Previously, trustees received $380 plus a $450 health insurance package. Board President Maureen Aschoff cast the lone dissenting vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1992 | KRISTINA LINDGREN
Satisfied that fellow trustees are beginning to work together, two members of the Rancho Santiago Community College District Board of Trustees have withdrawn a complaint lodged with a regional accrediting board. Trustees Carol Enos and Shirley Ralston two weeks ago wrote to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, charging that fellow board members were failing to live up to their responsibilities in governing the 46,000-student district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1992 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge ordered two county school districts Wednesday to stop using public funds to build opposition to the proposed Parental Choice Initiative but rebuffed an attempt to keep school boards from taking a stand on the measure. Just three minutes into an afternoon hearing, Superior Court Judge C. Robert Jameson said he had already decided that he would not order local boards to rescind resolutions they have passed opposing the proposed ballot initiative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
Despite a plea from its president, the Anaheim City School District Board of Education has rejected a proposal to reinstate a DARE officer cut from its new $65-million budget. The board voted 4 to 1 Tuesday night to hire three part-time math and science teachers at a cost of $80,000 instead of retaining the drug education officer. "What can I say--I think it's wrong," board President Lou Lopez, a city police officer, said after the vote. "The DARE program is an important role model for students."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1996 | CATHY WERBLIN
Eliminating programs, reassigning teachers and reducing employee benefits are some of the things Laguna school board members will discuss tonight as they seek to cut $700,000 from the district budget to avoid a fiscal crisis. A financial consultant announced to school officials Tuesday night that the Laguna Beach Unified School District will not have money to operate legally unless it makes the substantial cut in the budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1992 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Still reeling from budget cuts that have slashed salaries along with hundreds of jobs, the chief financial officer for the Los Angeles Unified School District said Monday that the district will start the next school year with a shortfall of at least $348 million.
NEWS
April 14, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Texas Board of Education voted to keep tobacco stocks despite protests that owning the shares sends conflicting signals to schoolchildren. The board rejected on a vote of 8 to 6 a proposal to divest 1.5 million shares of Philip Morris Cos. stock, worth at least $94 million, from the Permanent School Fund. "If you go through our portfolio I guarantee you'll find a substantial number of stocks that someone will object to," said board member Bob Akin of Commerce, Tex.
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