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December 16, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sometimes Josh Puckett punches through a canvas or throws it across the room in frustration. But most of the time, he keeps painting. The shapes he creates depict his uncontrollable ticks, his obsessive compulsive disorder and his feelings of rage and depression--symptoms caused by Tourette syndrome. "I can't really explain to people how hard it is, but I can show it," said Puckett, 17, a senior at Taft High School in Woodland Hills.
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April 10, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A South Bay schools superintendent who attracted scrutiny for his $674,559 pay was placed on administrative leave this week, pending an internal investigation. The Centinela Valley Union High School District board voted 5-0 to suspend Supt. Jose Fernandez during an abruptly called, closed-door meeting at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts in Lawndale on Wednesday evening. Fernandez's earnings last year surpassed the compensation of those leading the nation's largest school systems.
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June 28, 1986 | Bill Billiter
Valley High School will be launching an intensive academic course of study for 500 of its freshmen and sophomores next year. The pilot program will be for a mix of students, including high achievers and students taking English as a second language. The Santa Ana Unified School District has committed $200,000 from its share of state lottery funds to create "an academics-intensive course of study for freshmen and sophomores at Valley High."
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March 31, 2014 | By Howard Blume
New York City Chancellor Carmen Farina oversees more than a million students, 1,700 schools and a budget the size of many states. Her pay: $412,193. Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy has half a million students, 1,000-plus schools, a $7-billion budget - and made $393,106 last year. Supt. Jose Fernandez's South Bay school district has just 6,600 students, five high schools and a $70-million budget. His earnings: $674,559 last year. "I don't know of anybody, in any major city, who makes anything close to that, even with extra bonuses or compensation," said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, based in Washington.
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March 11, 1996 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A team of jubilant students from a Woodland Hills high school edged out its Orange County rival Sunday to win the California Academic Decathlon and gain a berth in next month's national competition in Atlanta. The El Camino Real High School whiz kids relished their victory after a tension-filled awards ceremony during which they claimed 40 individual medals before their team was declared the overall winner. "What can you say?" El Camino Coach David Roberson said moments later.
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February 22, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Santa Ana basketball coach and teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old student and embezzling thousands of dollars from a booster fund will spend two years in a prison work center, his attorney said Wednesday. Under the court sentence, Richard D. Prospero, 32, will work to repay a Valley High School booster account, although it's unknown if he will be able to work again as a teacher and coach, said his lawyer Gary M. Pohlson.
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July 11, 1991 | JON NALICK
More than two dozen outstanding Orange County high school graduates will be presented with $34,000 in scholarship awards this weekend by the Mexican-American Bar Assn. The fourth annual awards banquet will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Casa Maria restaurant at 1801 E. Katella Ave. in Anaheim. All 27 of the award winners are honors graduates.
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October 24, 2000 | Tina Borgatta, (714) 966-5982
Santa Ana Unified School District board members tonight will again consider about 100 suggested names for up to 14 new campuses. Board members delayed a decision at their meeting Oct. 10 to allow compilation of last-minute suggestions.
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June 11, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Four students were taken to the hospital and a building was cordoned off after an explosion in a boiler room at a Santa Ana high school early Tuesday. Officials said that about 7:30 a.m. a pipe above a boiler at Valley High School at 1801 S. Greenville St.  exploded and sent chunks of the building's roof and wall flying through the air. Images of the aftermath on TV showed sections of wall and ceiling ripped to shreds. A door was thrown about 75 feet from the blast, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt.
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April 25, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles school district officials are moving to retake control of Birmingham Community Charter High School, citing numerous alleged problems at the campus that broke away from the system three years ago. L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy has faulted the leaders of the Lake Balboa campus for allegedly mishandling student expulsions and services to disabled students and for failing to respond adequately to allegations of racial discrimination. School officials said they are looking into the allegations, but are aware of no major problems.
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October 4, 2006 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
Three new high schools opened Tuesday in the San Fernando Valley, the Valley's first new comprehensive high schools in 35 years. The campuses will provide nearly 7,000 new classroom seats, a key step toward returning all Valley high schools to a traditional two-semester calendar by 2012. The schools had complicated histories, underscoring the difficulties of constructing schools in a built-out urban setting.
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February 24, 2005 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Seventeen-year-old Nancy Gonzalez tensely leaned forward as a contest judge sliced open her taped cardboard box. "Oh, I can't look," she said, moments before the judge flipped her a thumbs up, holding up four bubble-wrapped eggs that had survived a six-story plunge. "They survived! They survived!" she and her Santa Ana High School classmates cheered.
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October 23, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
A pipe bomb was discovered and dismantled Friday afternoon in the gymnasium of Fountain Valley High School, authorities said. Police and fire squads responded to reports of a small fire in the boys' locker room at the school shortly after 3:30 p.m., said police Sgt. Kevin Thomas. Firefighters opened a smoking locker and found two small fires and a metal pipe with a cap on one end, Thomas said. It appears that the fires were intended to ignite the apparent pipe bomb, he said.
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July 13, 2004 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
On game nights not too long ago, the blue and white of the Titans would blanket the San Marino High bleachers. The ritual often extended into the playoffs, once stretching into 14 weeks as the team reached the championship game. "It's what you did Friday nights," said D.R. Moreland, the school's rookie coach who played Titan football from 1987 to 1991. "The whole town shut down."
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June 22, 1993 | SUSAN BYRNES
Three Valley high school seniors will attend U.S. military academies in July, according to a spokeswoman for Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson (D-Woodland Hills). All three were nominated by the congressman and met demanding physical and academic examinations in order to be accepted. Taft High School student Ian Fairchild and Calabasas High School student Aaron Pepkowitz will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.
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December 11, 1997
Offensive Player of the Year--Shaun Avalos, Sylmar Defensive Player of the Year--Carlos Gomez, Canoga Park OFFENSE Quarterback--Joey LaPorte, Sylmar. Running backs--Junior Galvan, Canoga Park; Jerel Lewis, Reseda; Oscar Mendoza, North Hollywood; Vinnie Walker, Monroe. Linemen--Ray Armstrong, Grant; Eric Beltran, Monroe; Zeke Beltran, Sylmar; Alvin Malave, Canoga Park; Ray Solis, Sylmar. Tight ends--Mike Shoemaker, Canoga Park; Gus Schuster, Grant. Wide receiver--Shaun Avalos, Sylmar.
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December 31, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
The Centinela Valley Union High School board ousted newly elected trustee Jorge Arroyo from his post as board president Tuesday in response to accusations that he had made racist and sexist remarks about staff and school officials at a dinner this month. Reading from a letter she had written to the board, the district's general counsel, Bonny Garcia, said that on Dec. 11 at a dinner at the California School Board Assn. convention in San Diego, "Arroyo engaged in a profanity-laced tirade, speaking in both Spanish and English."
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May 29, 2003 | Karima A. Haynes, Times Staff Writer
All five administrators at Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster will be replaced July 1, marking the beginning of a concentrated effort to revamp the troubled campus. The action results from a state audit that cited the school leaders' inability to improve student academic performance on statewide standardized tests during a two-year period, officials said Wednesday.
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