Lippman is good choice for board
As a retired Burbank teacher, parent and voter, I am concerned
about the Burbank Teachers Assn.'s endorsement of two out of its
three choices for the Burbank School Board.
I am in agreement that the present board needs a change. One
person the BTA endorsed seems to be a politician, having run for
state assemblyman against Dario Frommer, and is now running for the
board. The other is a businessman -- not in our community, but North
Hollywood -- and has no children attending Burbank schools. The
choices the BTA endorsed are by a panel decision, and not the
consensus of the Burbank teachers.
Among the choices for this very important position is Ira Lippman,
who has, for more than 25 years, been a successful businessman in our
community, which gives him the expertise to manage large budgets,
negotiate better prices from vendors and use funding in the most
effective ways. He has nine years of experience on Burbank school
site committees. He has children on all three levels of education in
Burbank schools -- elementary, middle and secondary -- and continues
to be involved in the schools at each level. He also has a close and
long-lasting relationship with teachers and administrators.
We need to restore the confidence, trust and good faith of the
citizens of Burbank. We can, I believe, enhance the educational
experience of every student in Burbank with our vote for Ira Lippman.
Retired teacher, Burbank
Unified School District
School board needs new members
Thank you for profiling all of the candidates for school board. I
haven’t been happy with the current school board for a while and
appreciate learning more about their opponents.
It disturbs me that when it was pointed out there were no lockers
at the high school, a paid staff person responded instead of the
people who make the decision -- the school board.
They point with pride to the success and try to dodge the problem.
That is not accepting the responsibility of their position. They
don’t acknowledge people’s genuine concerns about the new buildings.
I see the paper in the windows at Burbank High and know there is a
problem. When will the board tell us how they are going to correct
this? I read that Burroughs had a problem with the drains and the
contractor fixed it. That is open and honest communication that needs
to happen more between the school board and the community. If the
existing members aren’t willing to do this, let’s get new members who
Having met some of the candidates for the school board and having
read your profiles, I feel confident that Lynne Gerred is one
candidate who is dedicated to creating the atmosphere of open
communication that we need. Gerred seems to have a clear grasp of the
challenges that face our schools and community, and is willing to
work to overcome them.