Despite a budget shortfall, Burbank Unified School District Supt.
Gregory Bowman believes city schools continue to meet the challenge
of educating students who perform better overall in the national and
state percentiles in reading, language and math tests.
“This is outstanding progress for a district that six years ago
was just beginning to work on developing academic content standards,”
Bowman told an estimated 200 guests during the first State of the
Schools Breakfast on Thursday at The Castaway.
The event, presented by The Burbank Community Foundation and the
Burbank Partnership Advisory Council, paid tribute to the more than
400 community businesses that give of their time and money to the
Seven local students received vocational scholarships from the
foundation: Sarah Estrada, Monterey High School; Armina Grigorian,
Burbank High School; Wendy Inman, Monterey High School; Edward
Manasyan, Burbank High School; Carmen Monzon, John Burroughs High
School; Christine Yuson, Burbank High School and James Zilbert, John
Burroughs High School.
School board President Trish Burnett introduced Teacher of the
Year nominees Alyson Edge, Burbank High School; Barbara Forletta,
Monterey High School; John Peebles, John Burroughs High School; Lynn
Rothacher, John Muir Middle School; Josephine Tidalgo, Luther Burbank
Middle School and Nick Wilhelm, Jordan Middle School.
“When you have parents, teachers, community leaders, businesses,
the whole community in the room, you have a wonderful opportunity to
recognize the importance of our youth,” said Lisa Rawlins, chairwoman
of the advisory council. “They are the link that binds us all.”
Bowman, who delivered the keynote address, implored state
legislators and Gov. Gray Davis to make changes to restore public
education’s financial well-being, saying the district cannot continue
academic growth if it has to rely on current state funding.