In the wake of last month’s denial by the Second Appellate District Court of Appeal on Strategic Concepts LLC’s Petition for Rehearing in its case against Beverly Hills Unified, the company’s founder, Karen Christiansen, is now looking to the California Supreme Court for a ray of light.
The Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education bid farewell to student boardmember Jonathan Artal at its meeting last Thursday evening. Artal, who graduated from Beverly Hills High School two weeks ago, is headed to Stanford University to begin his college education.
Following an additional $3 million in unanticipated revenue, including a $1.9 million property tax revenue increase received at the end of last month, Beverly Hills Unified School District’s latest 2017-18 budget is projecting the district will finish out the year with an operating deficit of just $400,000. That current fund balance is markedly better than April’s previous estimated budget, which had the district projecting an operating deficit of $2.8 million for this year.
Just hours after Beverly Hills approved moving forward with a $385 million school building bond, on Wednesday morning the Beverly Hills Unified School District received more good news when the Second Appellate District Court of Appeal denied Strategic Concepts LLC’s Petition for Rehearing in its case against BHUSD.
With over half of its student body learning from within portable classrooms, the Beverly Hills Unified School District is clearly in need of an upgrade. On Tuesday, Beverly Hills voters will decide if the solution is Measure BH, a $385 million construction bond which will return students to permanent classroom buildings in addition to making other upgrades, including repairing Hawthorne’s century-old auditorium.
BHUSD Board of Education President Lisa Korbatov and the CSBA PAC hosted a reception at her Beverly Hills home last week for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Pictured, front row, from left: Michael Hayden, Manhattan Beach USD, Sarah Bradshaw CSBA PACER, Rebecca Mieliwoki, Burbank USD , Kathy Marvin, Irvine USD, BHUSD Supt. Michael Bregy, Korbatov, Board member Howard Goldstein, Hon. Donald LaPlante (CSBA Director Region 24 and Downey School Board member) and Hon. Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, CSBA Vice-President and Azusa School Board member. Back row, from left: Erin Oxhorn-Gilpen, Castaic USD , CSBA President Mike Walsh, Butte County Office of Education and Past President Susan Henry, Huntington Beach.
Beverly Hills Unified continued shoring up its leadership team this week, with the Board of Education voting unanimously on Tuesday to officially make Chris Regan Beverly Vista’s principal for the 2018/19 school year. Regan, who worked briefly as an assistant principal at Beverly Hills High School, has been serving as Beverly Vista’s interim principal since January.
This year, the Beverly Hills Active Adult Club (BHAAC) increased the amount given to two deserving Beverly Hills High School seniors from $500 to $1,000. For the past several years the club has bestowed the award on students who show a strong character and demonstrate their involvement in extracurricular activities. This year, the BHAAC’s scholarships went to David Bakalov and Benjamin Dahan. Bakalov will be attending UCLA in hopes of going to medical school and becoming a neuro surgeon and Dahan will be attending Columbia and hopes to continue to serve the community. Pictured, from left: BHHS Principal Mark Mead, Dahan, BHHS Counselor Kate Marks, Bakalov and Beverly Hills Unified School District superintendent Michael Bregy.
Beverly Hills Unified representatives were awash in joy last Friday morning as the Beverly Hills 5K Committee presented an over-sized check for $30,000 to the Beverly Hills Education Foundation (BHEF) – money that was raised at the inaugural Beverly Hills 5K Run/Walk & Fitness Blast on Jan. 28.
The Teen Beverly Hills Education Foundation (BHEF) celebrated its new leadership team in the final month of the school year. This volunteer organization for 7-12 graders enrolled at the Beverly Hills Unified School District is designed to inspire students to make a difference in their community by providing them with opportunities to participate in service and learning projects. Teen BHEF will be accepting applications for the 2018-19 board when the new school year begins in August. Pictured are executive boardmembers. Seated (from left): Jonah Okum, co-vice president; Noelle Trost, president; and Omer Cohen, co-vice president; Back row (from left): Jason Mandel, treasurer; Leadership Team Committee chairs Julia Mandel (community & fundraising) and Estella Rosen (social media); and executive boardmembers Sara Yadidian (corresponding secretary) and Kate Leib (recording secretary).