The board of education, seeking to repair its damaged reputation, has
vowed to become more accessible to the community it serves.
The school board unveiled a list of objectives for the coming year
Thursday night, most of which focused on strengthening public trust
through improved communication and accountability.
Board member Dave Kemp emphasized the board’s desire to
communicate openly with district officials, teachers, parents and the
“We need to make sure that what the public is entitled to, they
will get,” Kemp said.
The 2002-03 school board came under fire for the way it handled
the termination of David Aponik as superintendent, and teachers
often accused members of being unresponsive to their needs.
Kemp, one of three board members elected earlier this year,
encouraged community members to look at the district’s Web site,
www.bur bank.k12.ca.us, to learn more about district operations,
activities and policies.
The board met late last month to develop objectives for the
2003-04 school year that touch on board leadership, budget reform,
instructional programs and customer service.
“We want to ensure a sound and effective program for all students
in line with the district’s mission statement,” Board President Trish
For budget reform to be effective, board members said they must
determine the best use of funds to meet operations, maintenance and
“We have to focus on modernization in the most effective way,”
board member Paul Krekorian said. “Throughout all of this, the
overriding concern of the public and us is to ensure that we build,
maintain and foster openness.”
Character issues were addressed during discussion of ways to
improve instructional programs. Board member Connie Lackey said board
members realize it is important to maintain an ethical environment by
living it rather than preaching it.
“We need to start with ourselves, and we can help our students do
the same,” Lackey said.
Board member Ted Bunch said that the board needs to pay particular
attention to meeting the needs of all district students.
“At the end of the day we are successful when the students are
successful,” Bunch said. “That makes the parents happy and that’s our