New president to lead Glendale school board

Mary Boger assumed the position of president of the Glendale Unified school board Tuesday during its annual reorganization meeting.

Meanwhile, Nayiri Nahabedian, who has served as the board's president during the past year, said in her closing remarks that she has grown to appreciate the board's ability "to work through things together [and] for our ability to struggle through things together."

She said board members have strived to listen to the community.

"We've had many parents and community members be present and give their input, ideas and concerns, and their kudos to us," she said. "And we've been able to respond to many of those, sometimes imperfectly, and sometimes really right on."

She pointed to the district's ongoing implementation of the new Common Core curriculum and its Measure S-funded upgrades as some of the main focuses of the district during the last year.

She also voiced her pride in the district's ability to lay pathways for students to take dual-language immersion programs through high school — an effort school board members and district officials spent months discussing and planning for since the start of the school year.

Boger said she's optimistic about some future priorities.

"I'm just looking forward to approving the local control accountability plan and looking forward to having the opportunity to share with our community the information about our need for their support of the change in the Measure S property tax," she said.

In the coming months, the school board is expected to approve a plan for spending state dollars at the local level. School officials also announced recently a need to increase its bond tax rate from $46 to $60 per $100,000 in order to capture millions of state dollars for construction projects. The move will also save property owners a total of about $213 million.


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