Jubilation flowed through council chambers at City Hall, where new
school board members Ted Bunch, Dave Kemp and Paul Krekorian
officially joined Trish Burnett and Connie Lackey on the dais.
City Clerk Margarita Campos administered the oath of office
Thursday to Bunch, Kemp and Krekorian, as family, friends, and
supporters looked on.
In their first official statements as board members, the trio
thanked their family, friends and volunteers who helped them get
Kemp came down from the dais to present his wife, Judy, with a
bouquet of red roses.
“I realize that this is the last time she will see me for the next
four years,” he joked.
Elections were held after the new members were sworn in, with
Burnett selected as board president, Kemp as vice president and
Krekorian as clerk.
“This is a momentous occasion,” said Burbank Teachers’ Assn.
co-President Diana Abasta. “Tonight is truly a new beginning.”
The association was instrumental in getting Kemp and Krekorian
elected, and didn’t hide its disdain for their predecessors, Elena
Hubbell, Mike McDonald and Richard Raad.
The organization frequently criticized the former board for not
communicating better with teachers and parents, poorly handling a
$4-million budget shortfall, and terminating former Supt. David
Krekorian, speaking as a parent, thanked Hubbell, McDonald and
Raad for their years of service.
“I think we all owe them a great debt of gratitude,” he said.