I am a 13-year teacher in a Burbank elementary school, a mother of
two Burbank former students and a Burbank voter. As a teacher in
Burbank, I am accustomed to the Burbank School Board ignoring
requests from teachers and school administrators.
I am used to the school board taking credit for academic
improvements, which were done 100% by the classroom teachers, and for
being accused of shortfalls that come to our district, which teachers
have no influence over.
As a teacher, I am used to the school board accusing us of
wrongdoing without ever being contacted by them, even if it is only
one parent who had a problem.
As a mother of two Burbank graduates who started as kindergartners
in Burbank, I am also used to the school board ignoring my requests.
It had no problem with verbally disciplining a teacher that one or
two parents had a problem with, but they did not think they should be
disciplined when a whole community of parents had a problem with
their decision-making process. As a Burbank voter, I feel that the
school board has not been honest with me.
I also feel that when they were given a chance of help from the
City Council with monetary aid, the school board turned it down
because they didn’t want any decision-making help. Why not?
Obviously, they were having a problem making monetary decisions, but
their egos got in the way and therefore, they were not thinking of
The school board is trying to make us believe that our monetary
shortfalls are being caused by the budget cuts. I believe that some
of them are, but as we can all remember, we had a $2 million loss of
money last year because of the school board’s bad decisions. I would
like to ask, “How can you lose $2 million?” I have a hard time
misplacing $20 before I start looking everywhere for it. Therefore, I
can’t even imagine how you could lose that much money.
As a teacher, mother and Burbank voter, I am asking that all
Burbank voters please vote in a new school board. There are three
seats open on this coming election. The Burbank Teachers Assn. has
recommended three candidates for the school board: Dave Kemp, Paul
Krekorian and Larry Applebaum.
Please help your students, teachers and parents have a better
communication process with the school system by voting in a new