Retired Burbank coach and athletic director Dave Kemp, one of 15
candidate seeking a school board seat, thinks the current board has
made some mistakes.
“I know their heart was in the right place,” he said. “I think
they are hard-working, very honest people, but for some reason or
another, they must have missed some things.”
Kemp is critical of the way board members handled the budget
deficit. He also thinks the firing of former Supt. David Aponik could
have been handled better.
If he is successful in winning one of the three seats, Kemp said
he will work to ensure teachers and parents receive accurate
information from the board.
“We need to involve parents and community members,” Kemp said.
“We have great human resources in this community, but sometimes I
think they’re under-utilized.”
Kemp’s 34 years as an educator, his many years on the Burbank
Teachers Assn. negotiations team, and his presence on the committee
that developed school-site councils in the mid-1990s qualify him to
hold the office, he said.
“If we don’t do what is best for the students, we aren’t doing our
job. That’s from the top down,” Kemp said.
Kemp said it is the district’s responsibility to educate every
student who comes out of Burbank schools to be prepared to contribute
to the society to their maximum potential.