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June 21, 1991 | MARY HELEN BERG
About 400 parents outraged by the sentences two contractors received in an Orange Unified School District bid-rigging case have signed a petition asking the court to impose harsher penalties in the case. The petition, which will be submitted to the district attorney's office and then passed on to Superior Court Judge Myron S. Brown, asks that Brown "assess severe sentences for crimes committed against the people and children of the Orange Unified School District."
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May 6, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In a defeat for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Democratic lawmakers killed legislation that would have made it easier for school districts to hire private companies for busing and other services. Schwarzenegger was seeking to repeal a 2002 law that had prohibited schools from using outside companies unless no jobs were lost and administrators could prove a cost savings. The Assembly Public Employees Committee rejected legislation to repeal the law by a 6-3 vote.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1989 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County district attorney's office is scheduled to argue Friday in appeals court that "willful misconduct" charges should be reinstated against three Orange Unified school board members in connection with a major kickback scandal that rocked the district 3 years ago. The eventual ruling has implications for elected officials throughout the state, according to state Assistant Atty. Gen. Harley Mayfield.
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April 24, 2002 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Negotiators for Orange Unified School District and its teachers union reached a tentative contract settlement late Tuesday, officials said. The teachers' executive board and the school board must approve the agreement. The district's 1,400 teachers, who have been at odds for years with the district over salaries, must also ratify the agreement. No terms of the contract were released, but board member Melissa Smith said the raises are "substantial.'' "I am delighted,'' Smith said.
BUSINESS
August 27, 1991 | From Associated Press
Pet Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to fix bidding prices on milk contracts with schools in four states, federal prosecutors said Monday. The St. Louis-based company agreed to plead guilty to charges that it conspired with other unidentified companies in the 1985-86 school year to submit artificially high bids for a milk contract with Lexington School District 4 in South Carolina, U.S. Atty. Bart Daniel said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1991 | MARY HELEN BERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a former Orange Unified School District administrator after he failed to appear for sentencing on an embezzlement and conspiracy conviction in a multimillion-dollar bid-rigging scandal. Steven L. Presson, a former school district maintenance officer, was ordered arrested by Judge Myron S.
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August 29, 1985 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
A Glendale school employees association this week rejected a report by the state Public Employment Relations Board that found that a contract offer made by school district officials was "reasonable." Members of the Glendale Support Services Assn. had requested a board review after a 14-month salary dispute, charging that the district had engaged in unfair practices. The association, which represents counselors, speech therapists and nurses, said it will seek to prove at a Sept.
NEWS
June 25, 1987
The Paramount Unified School District board has extended its contract with the California School Employees Assn. to July 31, and received CSEA's opening proposal for next year's contract. The current contract expires Tuesday. CSEA, which represents non-teaching employees, is asking for a 10% wage increase, an "agency shop" that would require all classified employees to pay membership dues, and for minor changes in the wording of the current contract, according to CSEA negotiator Phyllis Dallin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1993 | ED BOND
A three-year contract for 560 Burbank Unified School District employees is up for ratification in January. Both sides expect the agreement--which gives no raises but guarantees no layoffs--will be approved. Membership of the California School Employees Assn. at the school district will vote on the contract Jan. 10, said Terri Marenghi, treasurer and former president of the union. If approved, the school board would vote on the agreement Jan. 20.
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October 20, 1990 | KAREN MCKEAN
Contract negotiations between officials and teachers in the Pleasant Valley School District have begun, with both sides scheduled to meet today to discuss salary and benefits. Teachers are asking for parity in pay with the rest of the county's school districts and for the district to pay more toward health benefits, said Ina Lea Parker, president of the 300-member Pleasant Valley Educators Assn. The Camarillo district has about 6,400 students.
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November 29, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles school officials acknowledged Wednesday that they face a shortfall of as much as $600 million to repair and modernize schools--the result of escalating costs, contractual disputes and poor oversight of a $2.4-billion school bond. The additional money is needed to complete 6,400 construction projects districtwide, everything from replacing ceiling tiles to wiring communications systems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2000
Netsol International Inc., Calabasas, announced that its United Kingdom subsidiary has contracts with eight additional schools in the Swindon Borough Council, England, increasing the total Swindon school system awards this calendar year to approximately $500,000. Netsol International is a global information technology consultant and software developer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Interim Los Angeles schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines on Tuesday formally presented labor contract proposals that for the first time would tie teachers' and administrators' pay to students' performance. The initial bargaining proposal, scheduled to be voted on by the Board of Education April 11, would establish the Stanford 9 standardized test as the primary measure of teachers' performance.
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May 29, 1999 | KAREN ALEXANDER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Girding for what may be a serious financial shortfall, the Irvine school board has abruptly canceled the contracts of three longtime assistant superintendents in the district. On the recommendation of Superintendent Patricia White, the Irvine Unified School District's Board of Education voted 3-2 in closed session Tuesday to terminate the contracts, which expire at the end of June 2000. White says her deputies are not being fired.
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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
March 12, 1998 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The committee overseeing the Los Angeles Unified School District's use of a $2.4-billion school bond recommended Wednesday that high-level officials review all contracts that do not require full competitive bidding.
NEWS
April 9, 1987
Construction is scheduled to start in July on a $6.6-million elementary school. The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education has awarded a contract to Berry Construction Inc. of Upland to build the school, tentatively called South Gate New Elementary No. 1, on 5.4 acres at 9801 San Miguel Ave. Most of the land has been cleared. However, a small number of residents still live in the area and are moving, said Roger Friermuth, project manager for the school district's planning branch.
NEWS
April 13, 1989
The initial contract proposal for the agreement between the Santa Monica-Malibu Classroom Teachers Assn. and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District for 1989-91 was released at a public hearing conducted by the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board at its meeting Monday night. The initial proposal calls for smaller classes, more sick-leave days, a reduced workload and a salary increase. The board is working on its own proposal, which will be made public at its meeting April 24. No one commented on the issue at the hearing, which was opened and closed in a few minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
The contracts of two top administrators in the Fullerton School District have been renewed until 2000. Under the contracts, Supt. Ron Cooper will earn $106,752 annually and Assistant Supt. Karin Lynch will earn $91,474 per year. Cooper is the top administrator, responsible for overseeing all the district's business and operations. Lynch handles contract negotiations for the district's certificated personnel and is responsible for a variety of duties, including teacher training.
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September 11, 1997 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
A state audit committee has found ample justification to pursue its investigation of the Belmont Learning Center, according to a status report released Wednesday on the controversial high school. The Sept. 4 memo from the Joint Legislative Audit Committee criticizes the Belmont project as "the culmination of nearly a decade of efforts" by the Los Angeles Unified School District to create questionable joint venture projects with private developers.
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