Irene Parsons is correct (Jan. 8, “Reader wonders about BTA
endorsements”) that the Burbank Teachers Assn. has not endorsed the
school board incumbents because we believe they have caused a crisis
of confidence among parents and employee groups.
They presided over the fiscal mismanagement that resulted in a
$3-million budget shortfall in 2001-02, and also ineptly handled the
dismissal and reassignment of the former superintendent, David
To answer Ms. Parsons’ request for more information on our
endorsements, BTA recommends three candidates who can begin the
process of positive change and restore trust and confidence between
the board and parents, teachers and staff.
Dave Kemp is a highly respected former teacher at Burbank High
School. In 34 years of teaching, Dave served as teacher, mentor,
coach and athletic director at BHS. Dave was a member of the BTA
negotiating team but was not president, as Parsons stated.
Paul Krekorian, a local attorney, is a husband, father and Burbank
homeowner. He has a child who attends Jefferson Elementary School,
where Paul is a member (and former vice-chair) of the school site
council. Paul is also a member of the Burbank United In Library
Development and continues to work toward construction of a new
Larry Applebaum is the owner of a musical instrument repair
business, and is a lifelong resident of Burbank. He is the father of
a 5-month-old daughter who will attend Burbank public schools. Larry
has served as a member of the Police Commission of the Burbank Police
Department, and is on the board of directors of Leadership Burbank.
C. KIM ALLENDER
Burbank Teachers Assn.