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By Michael Alexander | May 27, 2008
The Huntington Beach City School District and its teachers’ union are expected to vote on their new contract in coming weeks, officials said. On Wednesday they ended nine months of negotiations and signed a tentative new deal that is expected to pass without difficulty. Teachers will get a 3.5% raise this year, effective as of last July, Supt. Roberta DeLuca said. For next year, they will get a pay raise equal to any state funding to keep up with the cost of living. While the tentative deal still has to be voted on by the board and the members of the Huntington Beach Elementary Teachers Assn.
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By Michael Alexander | April 19, 2007
Roughly 250 teachers, classified workers and parents packed the Huntington Beach City School District's board room for its monthly meeting this week to express frustration with a recent raise for principals and top district staff. What riled them most, however, was not the money, but what they say was a closed-doors approach to negotiations that found tens of thousands of dollars in new money just days after they settled for less. Teachers also said trustees rarely visited campuses and were out of touch with the needs of their district, unaware as teachers were forced yearly to scramble to fill a lack of resources.
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By Michael Alexander | January 16, 2008
The Huntington Beach Union High School District school board moved to restrict the use of R-rated movies in classrooms this week, voting for it as part of a wider set of new educational policies. Trustees voted 4-0 to adopt the new policy, which needs a second vote at their next meeting Feb. 12 to go into effect. Board Member Bonnie Castrey was not present at the meeting. Under the policy, teachers would be banned from showing an entire R-rated movie. To show part of an R-rated film, they would have to get parental permission.
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By Jack Salisbury | July 23, 2008
If you ask a group of kids what they want to be when they grow up, there will invariably be at least one who raises their hand to tell you they want to be an astronaut. Years ago, Lesley Flores was that kid. “I always wanted to be an astronaut,” she said. The fourth-grade teacher at Huntington Beach’s Star View Elementary was able to realize that dream recently, traveling to Huntsville, Ala., for the weeklong Space Camp program, put on by NASA. The camp ran from July 7 to 13. “My dream was fulfilled,” she said.
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By JERRY PERSON | September 7, 2006
Last week I had the opportunity of watching a DVD of this year's centennial celebration of the Huntington Beach High School band that was held at the school in May. The students and alumni who played in the band concerts sure did a great job — especially when some haven't picked up an instrument for 30 or 40 years. I got to thinking that the school should hold a celebration for teachers, too. Then former students and teachers would have a chance to reunite. In a small way, this is why I write about our former heroes of the blackboard.
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June 12, 2003
Jenny Marder Charlie only had three angels, 9-year-old Alissa Head has 11. Her angels don't fight crime, they fight cancer. The group of 9-year-old girls, who call themselves Alissa's Angels, in honor of their friend and classmate, almost single-handedly organized a fund-raiser Saturday that drew 140 miniature golfers to a course in Fountain Valley to raise money for the Children's Hospital of Orange County....
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March 6, 2003
Coral Wilson It was a $10,000 sentence: "During our summer vacation, my amazing family and I traveled to the Sierras to have the time of our lives." Teachers and parents felt so strongly about a new writing program led by literacy trainer Nancy Fetzer, at Ralph E. Hawes Elementary School, that when recent budget cuts froze money intended for that purpose, the PTA funded $3,800 for a two-day teacher's workshop allowing Fetzer to demonstrate the use of her specially-designed materials and technique.
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October 8, 2009
One Huntington Beach elementary school is getting relief from the California budget woes from the Kiwanis of Huntington Beach. Hope View School received a grant for a new program to help teachers facing rising class sizes. The program is called Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports; it aims to help teachers manage student behavior. Kiwanis Director Mike Heywood presented a check to the school during an assembly Sept. 18. The new program was announced. The Kiwanis is a service organization dedicated to helping children and seniors.
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