In the wake of Beverly Hills Unified School District’s Herculean effort to transform its education model to include a dedicated middle school, at least 20 teachers are expected to lose their jobs. According to Beverly Hills Education Association (BHEA) President Ethan Smith, all teachers slated to receive a pink slip will be told by the end of this month.
It should come as no surprise that Beverly Hills Unified School District might take extra precautions when it comes to entering into large consulting contracts – after all, just last year BHUSD was absolved from having to pay in excess of $23 million to former consultant Karen Christiansen. That former consultant was fired after she entered into a sole source contract on behalf of the district with a company she founded and yet her attorney at one point managed to convince a jury that she was the victim.
There’s never a shortage of excitement, and sometimes drama, when it comes to Beverly Hills news, and 2018 was no different. From development, to the future of our schools and so much more, Beverly Hills kept us busy this year. Here’s a compilation of some of the biggest stories to hit Beverly Hills in the last 12 months.
In anticipation of reconfiguring the school district to create a dedicated middle school, the Beverly Hills PTA Council has been scrambling to navigate what that means for the school district’s Parent Teacher Associations.
In one of its first orders of business, on Thursday evening the newly seated Board of Education unanimously approved a $250,000 consultant proposal with the Leadership Advisory Group (LAG) to provide strategic management as the district moves forward with reconfiguration.
There’s a new Board of Education majority in town, and it’s one helmed by women.
The Beverly Hills Unified School District and Beverly Hills High School’s Career Education Department hosted the first BHUSD Middle School Speech & Debate Tournament at Beverly Vista on Dec. 12. Run by Coach David Finnigan, the program provides Middle School students from all four campuses with an opportunity to explore speech and debate, and to make new friends across the district. Pictured, front row (from left): Allison Hu (Horace Mann), Reese Margo (Beverly Vista), Alyla Crow (BV) and Lauren Mandel (BV). Back row, from left: Coach David Finnigan, Remy Javidzad (El Rodeo), Ronald Ricks (Hawthorne) and Alex Rho (HM).
Beverly Hills students looking to get an academic leg up can now avail themselves to early college courses via a partnership with West L.A. College.
The Board of Education unanimously voted to approve a $1 million contract with Calabasas-based Nastec International, Inc. to provide armed security at Beverly Hills Unified schools.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, when families gather around the table giving thanks for a bountiful spread and the warmth of relationships, the Beverly Hills Education Foundation is asking locals to help support public education in the City.