Thanks to slipping enrollment, classes for the Burbank Adult School
are moving back to Burbank High School after being transferred to
John Burroughs High School just seven months ago.
All adult school classes, which include English as Second Language
and Spanish, will be taught at Burbank High School when the spring
semester begins Monday.
Timothy Buchanan, director of adult education, told school board
members at their meeting Thursday that the adult school has lost
$7,500 a week since the move in September.
“There has been a significant drop-off in [average daily
attendance], with 120 less students in Burroughs than at Burbank High
School,” Buchanan said. “It’s all about location, location,
The program, which has classes Monday through Thursday, had 550
students at Burbank High, but dropped to 430 with the move to
Burroughs, Buchanan said.
Buchanan said that the adult school has had a 17-year track record
of success at Burbank High because it is easier for night-school
students to get there because of bus line accessibility.
But Kathleen Hermann, the Burbank High School
Parent-Teacher-Student Assn. president, isn’t convinced. Herman
believes the lower enrollment is due, in part, to inadequate
advertising about the location change. She told the board that one
year is not long enough to determine whether the decreased enrollment
Hermann’s main concerns about resuming night-school classes at
Burbank High School are parking and security.
“We are even more impacted with parking than in previous years,”
Hermann said. “If adult school classes are returned to Burbank High
School, parents and students attending evening activities at Burbank
High would again be competing with adult school students for scarce
Hermann also said many teens in the quad area interact with the
adult school students, while at Burroughs, adult classes are in
bungalows away from the main campus.
“Female parents have concerns, mostly about the men. If they don’t
feel comfortable, how can the students feel comfortable?” Hermann
said after the meeting.
Buchanan said no significant security problems have resulted from
the program being at either campus.
Alexis Sheehy, the district’s assistant superintendent of
instruction and director of secondary education, said other sites,
including Monterey High School, Miller Elementary School and John
Muir Middle School, were considered, but each of these schools had
problems. Monterey High is too small, the desks and chairs at Miller
are too small for adults, and parking at Muir presents the same
problem as Burbank High.
Board members agreed that classes should move back to Burbank
High, but plan to continue discussion to alleviate the parking and