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Attention Voters: $385M School Bond Slated For June Ballot

In its latest effort to upgrade the ailing Beverly Hills Unified School District infrastructure, the Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday to bring a $385 million construction bond to the electorate by placing a bond measure on the June 2018 ballot. 6:53 pm Read More

BHUSD Moves To Overturn $23M Karen Christiansen Verdict

Beverly Hills Unified School District’s prospects for finally triumphing in its legal battle against former BHUSD facilities chief Karen Christiansen could not have been better following Wednesday’s Court of Appeals’ hearing in the case of Strategic Concepts LLC v. Beverly Hills Unified School, according to BHUSD attorney Fred A. Fenster of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP. 6:57 pm Read More

Spagnoli Insists BHUSD Schools Safe In Wake Of Florida School Shooting

In the wake of another school shooting this week, which left 17 dead at a Florida high school, the importance of school safety is being felt acutely across the nation.  In Beverly Hills, a previously scheduled Town Hall led by Beverly Hills Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli (slated to begin Thursday evening, just after the Courier’s deadline), was set to discuss crime trends, crime prevention and community/neighborhood safety. 6:53 pm Read More

Beverly Hills High Fields Four National Merit Finalists

Pictured, from left: National Merit Scholarship finalists Jamie Kim, Jason Harward, Jonathan Artal and Brian Harward. Beverly Hills High School seniors Jonathan Artal, Jamie Kim and twin brothers Jason and Brian Harward, who were named 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in September, have all advanced to finalist standing in the competition. They were among roughly 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 6:43 pm Read More

Beverly Hills School Board Eyes Parcel Tax In Lieu Of Reconfiguration

Lisa Korbatov After months of discussions, meetings, analyses and investigations, on Tuesday the Board of Education appeared to wholly abandon the possibility of creating a dedicated middle school in Beverly Hills, at least in the immediate future. Despite overwhelming support by Superintendent Michael Bregy, the 21-member Future Focused Schools Team (FFST) and the students themselves that the school district should establish a dedicated middle school, the board’s failure to direct staff to create a comprehensive strategic plan made it clear that everyone’s work had been an exercise in futility. 6:35 pm Read More

BHUSD Files Federal Lawsuit Against FTA, Metro

After failing to find sympathy last August in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on Jan. 26 attorneys for the Beverly Hills Unified School District filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) challenging the legal sufficiency of the FTA’s and Metro’s latest environmental analysis related to running a subway tunnel under Beverly Hills High School. 6:58 pm Read More

Beverly Hills School Board Abandons Plan For Dedicated Middle School, For Now

M-Schools Despite overwhelming support by Superintendent Michael Bregy and the 21-member Future Focused Schools Team (FFST) that Beverly Hills Unified School District should create a dedicated middle school for its students, board members at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting made it clear that creating a dedicated middle school in the district was not on the table, at least not in the short term. 6:51 pm Read More

BHPD Chief Spagnoli Says BHUSD Schools Safe In Wake Of L.A. School Shooting

M-BHPD2 Yesterday morning’s school shooting just nine miles east of Beverly Hills at Salvador Castro Middle School in the Westlake district was a stark reminder of how vulnerable students are to gun violence in this ever-changing world. Still, Beverly Hills Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli said she remained confident that local students were safe, particularly given the BHPD’s sub 2.6-minute response time to incoming calls. 6:50 pm Read More

Beverly Hills Unified Facing At Least One Lawsuit In Wake Of Sexual Harassment Allegations

On the very same day that the Courier received a voice mail from a woman calling herself Karen Alexander, who threatened litigation if we tied her husband’s name to an allegation of sexual harassment in an article, the Courier received a phone call from Beverly Hills-based attorney Alexander Larian asking the paper to connect him with the Beverly Hills High School custodian who shared her story of being harassed in last week’s Courier article entitled #MeToo In Beverly Hills: BHHS Custodian Speaks Up About Alleged Sexual Harassment. 6:49 pm Read More

School Board Prepares To Vote On Closing One Beverly Hills School

Hours before Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education President Lisa Korbatov brought the nearly seven-hour “Special Board Meeting” to a close Tuesday night, it became apparent that at the board’s next meeting, on Jan. 30 at 5 p.m., there was likely to be a serious discussion on closing one of the district’s four K-8 schools before the start of the 2018-19 academic year. 6:46 pm Read More

BHUSD Returns To Court Feb. 14 To Appeal $23M Karen Christiansen Verdict

In anticipation of the upcoming hearing in the case of Strategic Concepts LLC v. Beverly Hills Unified School District on Feb. 14, BHUSD attorney Fred A. Fenster of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP reaffirmed his belief that Strategic Concepts founder Karen Christiansen would never see a penny of the 2015 verdict that now has her owed in excess of $23 million. 6:45 pm Read More

BHUSD Responds To Alleged Sexual Assault At Beverly Vista By Installing New Interim Principal, Assistant Principal

NEW LEADERS–Beverly Vista Interim Principal Chris Regan and Assistant Principal Chris Hertz welcomed students back to school from Winter break on Monday. In the wake of last Thursday’s decision by Beverly Hills Unified School District Superintendent Michael Bregy to place Beverly Vista Principal Christian Fuhrer and Assistant Principal Alyssa Para on immediate administrative leave shortly after learning that Beverly Hills Police had launched an investigation into alleged on-campus sexual assault at Beverly Vista, one wonders just how much more fall out still has yet to take place. 6:28 pm Read More