New blood needed on school board
My experience on the Bond Oversight Committee during its first
four years showed that incumbent school board members were not
interested in the committee actually doing anything other than
listening to and agreeing with reports that everything was going
great. It came out in committee meetings several years ago, at my
urging for real numbers on bond expenditures, that the previous (now
discredited) district business manager had a fouled-up accounting
system. Board members never responded to my concerns about getting
real financial reports, criticized my actually visiting a
construction site, and then decided my continuity in “overseeing”
through a second four-year term was not necessary. To this day, there
has been no public disclosure of how much local bond money has
actually been spent. On top of their failure at forthrightness at the
time of Supt. David Aponik’s dismissal, I am convinced that new
blood, not continuity, is needed on the school board.
New members would be refreshing
Education in Burbank is woefully underfunded, and the money that
is available is poorly allocated. Teachers earn meager salaries and
classrooms are overcrowded. Some schools are decaying while others
lack the modern technology that is essential in the learning process.
Some classrooms even lack textbooks. These are the reasons why we
need new leadership.
I feel that new leadership should be Paul Krekorian, Dave Kemp and
Larry Applebaum for the Burbank school board.
It is inspiring to see so many parents, educators, business people
and community leaders express a desire to serve on the board. These
open positions are critical. The people elected should be passionate
about education, their commitment to students and the strong role our
teachers play in the process. Those elected should complement, not
compete with, the two current board members.
I have great faith in the process and the integrity of the people
of Burbank. I know they will do the right thing and get out and vote
With new leadership on the board, I feel it will make our schools
a place we can all be proud of. We owe it to our children and
grandchildren to make these schools the best they can be.
Voters should take back their schools
As a parent, I’m sick and tired of being ignored by our
condescending school board members. This board seems to think it
personally owns our schools. Well, here’s a news flash -- the people
of Burbank own the schools, and it’s time we take them back.
In this election, we should support parent candidates like Lynne
Gerred, Paul Krekorian and Roland Armstorff who have been active in
supporting their children’s schools. They know what we want in our
kids’ education, and they’ll actually listen to us.