After a two-year span in which the Burbank Unified School District
saw a budget shortfall and the firing of its superintendent, much of
the community called for a change Tuesday.
Voters elected Paul Krekorian and Ted Bunch to serve on the school
board for the next four years.
The two men join Dave Kemp, the only candidate to win a seat in
February’s primary election.
Krekorian, who received 4,696 votes, said his qualifications as
an attorney advising businesses through troubled times will serve him
well. Because of less money from the state, Krekorian, 42, said it
will be necessary to look for opportunities in which nonprofits and
businesses could support some of the programs in city schools.
“I am very privileged that the people of Burbank have shown their
confidence in me in these difficult times for education,” Krekorian
Although he was not endorsed by the Burbank Teachers’ Assn.,
retired teacher Bunch, 64, outdistanced candidate Larry Applebaum,
who did get the BTA’s endorsement. Bunch received 4,398 votes.
“I feel very moved by all the people who helped me,” Bunch said.
He thanked his wife Nohemy and his campaign manager, Carol Simpson,
for helping him run his successful campaign.
BTA co-president Kim Allender said his group feels vindicated
because the three incumbents up for reelection -- Elena Hubbell,
Richard Raad and Mike McDonald -- needed to be replaced, he said.
Calling it a clean campaign, Allender said, “We feel excellent about
McDonald, who survived the primary election, finished a distant
fourth in the run-off with 2,269 votes. He was unavailable for
The newly elected board members will join incumbents Trish Burnett
and Connie Lackey on the school board May 15.
Bunch said he will work to reintroduce vocational classes into the
high school curriculum, explaining that the number of students who
need this training is great enough to demand an expanded program.
As the votes began to come in, the numbers indicated that
Applebaum was faltering in his bid to secure a seat. The numbers
stayed steady throughout the evening -- somewhat of a surprise since
Applebaum had tallied almost 100 votes more than Bunch in the Feb. 25
When the final numbers were tabulated Applebaum, with 3,943 votes,
said he was glad he had the opportunity to bring to the attention of
the voters the issues tantamount to his campaign, especially the need
for music and arts.
“I accomplished what I wanted to do,” Applebaum said, adding that
he was pleased to see the incumbents unseated.