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June 26, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
Saddleback Valley Unified School District trustees have approved a one-year, $1.29-million busing contract with Santa Barbara Transportation, a growing company whose bid was more than $200,000 less than its nearest competitor.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2000 | ANA CHOLO-TIPTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A sharply divided Buena Park school board voted 3 to 2 Monday to cancel a contract with a private day-care center that is leasing four classrooms at Gordon H. Beatty Elementary School. A facilities planning committee recently reported that the school would need more classrooms to accommodate expected enrollment growth in the fall. As part of the solution, the board also voted to return transfer students from other schools and other districts to their neighborhood campuses.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1998
A development group that lost out to a higher bidder to construct a downtown high school filed suit Thursday against the Los Angeles Unified School District, seeking $5.7 million in damages. The firm, California Partnerships, had teamed up with developer Goldrich, Kest & Associates to propose plans for the high school, which is under construction near Temple Street and Beaudry Avenue.
NEWS
September 17, 1999 | Associated Press
Gov. Gray Davis has signed a bill prohibiting school districts from giving soft drink companies exclusive rights to sell beverages on campuses unless officials hold public hearings. The measure signed Wednesday also prohibits schools from showing educational programming with advertising unless parents give permission. The San Jose school district recently approved a deal with Pepsi to stock the company's beverages exclusively on district campuses, an agreement worth at least $3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
Irvine Unified School District board members have put most building projects on hold in response to the prospect of huge losses in the county investment pool. But trustees last week approved spending about $275,000 to complete tennis courts near Woodbridge High School. Deputy Supt. Paul Reed told board members it could cost $300,000 to stop the ongoing project because of financial commitments to the builders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The controversial issue of privatizing the school bus service will again go before the Orange Unified School District trustees tonight. The district's ailing transportation system became a pressing matter last year, when a consultant delivered a scathing report on the state of the 61-bus fleet. Many buses are dangerously overaged and should be replaced, consultant Virginia Barnes said. Trustees began implementing a replacement schedule in the spring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
School board members voted this week to privatize student bus service in the Orange Unified School District, although mistakes in the bid packages sent out are so big the amount of savings cannot be determined. Trustees have sought for months to find a way to reduce the cost of their bus program, which is over budget by $650,000 to $1 million. The district formally requested bids in September for contractors to run the troubled, aging bus fleet. It received three responses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
The Saddleback Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees formally approved a new two-year contract Monday with the district's 1,200 teachers and guidance counselors. Under the new contract, teachers and counselors in the financially strapped district will accept a salary and benefits freeze retroactive to July, 1991, and extending to June 30, 1993.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1992 | TRACY WOOD and SANDY BANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Faced with worsening budget prospects, Los Angeles school board members Monday balked at ratifying a long-delayed contract with the teachers union, prompting the union's president to threaten a strike when classes resume on Valentine's Day. "I will unequivocally recommend a strike" if the board fails to approve the agreed-upon contract, said Helen Bernstein, president of the 33,000-member United Teachers-Los Angeles.
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August 26, 1990
Why hasn't anyone in politics (in California), the media or the public asked Gov. Deukmejian to postpone the 5-cent tax on gasoline until the emergency in the Persian Gulf is over. We don't mind paying the tax after the price on gasoline comes back to the level before this Mideast confrontations, but it is too much to ask us to pay the 5-cent tax, too. RICHRD METH Desert Hot Springs
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1999 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles schools' new top auditor has issued a report criticizing district officials for splitting a large bond project into small pieces to avoid competitive bidding procedures. The report also criticized maintenance officials for awarding most of the work to a small group of firms. Three firms have received 80% of the $1.8 million so far awarded by the district for installing security grilles, and one of those firms had 108 separate contracts for $700,000 worth of work, it said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1998 | BARBARA MURPHY
Xircom Inc. in Thousand Oaks has been awarded a contract by the Victoria Department of Education in Australia to provide PC cards for teachers' personal notebook computers. Xircom, through its distributor CHA, will supply the school system with up to 37,000 RealPort Ethernet 10 / 100 Integrated PC Cards over a five-year period for its Acer notebook PCs. Xircom manufactures products that allow portable computer users to connect to corporate networks, the Internet and other online resources.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1998 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A tutoring program to boost reading and math scores in the beleaguered Compton schools was blasted Thursday by the president of the local NAACP, who said it will benefit only one in 10 students and is an affront to teachers. "I think it is a slap in the face to the good teachers who are teaching the students," said Walter Goodin, president of the Compton chapter of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1998
A development group that lost out to a higher bidder to construct a downtown high school filed suit Thursday against the Los Angeles Unified School District, seeking $5.7 million in damages. The firm, California Partnerships, had teamed up with developer Goldrich, Kest & Associates to propose plans for the high school, which is under construction near Temple Street and Beaudry Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1997 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The West Covina school system may become the first district in Los Angeles County to let the Edison Project, a private, commercial company, administer some of its campuses. The Edison venture, headed by a former media magnate and a past president of Yale University, has drawn enthusiasm from school board members and the superintendent of the 8,700-student district. A final decision is months away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Despite pleas from parents and bus drivers, the Orange Unified School Board voted Thursday, after weeks of debate, to privatize its student bus system and awarded a contract to Santa Barbara Transportation Corp. Wording in the school board's resolution states that the district will continue to negotiate with the California School Employees Assn., the union representing bus drivers, on "awarding and effects" of the contract. Union leaders said they will continue to fight the decision.
NEWS
October 4, 1994 | From Associated Press
Over the protests of some teachers and parents, the school board voted Monday to put a private company in charge of its public school system, becoming the first city in the nation to do so. The Hartford Board of Education voted, 6 to 3, to sign a five-year contract with Education Alternatives Inc., making the publicly held company responsible for the education of 25,000 schoolchildren in this city of about 140,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1995
The former operators of a City of Commerce-based Mexican food manufacturing firm pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that they defrauded the Los Angeles school district of at least $918,000. The defendants are accused of boosting profits by increasing the fat content in burritos, tortillas and beans to levels exceeding federal requirements for the National School Lunch Program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The school board, which voted earlier this month to find a private contractor to run its student transport system, has hit a roadblock. Purchasing Director Dwain Raney pointed out to trustees of the Orange Unified School Board, after they voted to privatize the bus system, that the bid requests they had sent to potential contractors failed to ask such essential questions as how much field trips would cost. "I'd hate to see Mr.
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