Porter Ranch schools displaced in methane gas leak are heading back home
Boxes started being packed up the day after teachers left school last week, and by the time principals come back to school on July 21, all four schools should be back to normal after the Porter Ranch methane gas leak disrupted lives over the past year, school officials said Tuesday. “A lot of movement has...
By Mike Szymanski | June 21, 2016
Porter Ranch schools probably won’t move back until end of the school year
The two schools with 1,850 students that were relocated due to a methane gas leak in Porter Ranch probably won’t be moved back to their locations before the end of the school year. Although the district continues to weigh options about returning the students back to their schools, there are no plans to move the...
By Mike Szymanski | March 15, 2016
Porter Ranch leak is over, but when will schools move back?
LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King issued a statement commending Thursday’s announcement that the Porter Ranch well that has been leaking methane gas since October has been sealed, but there was no clear indication of when the two relocated schools and their 1,850 students would return home. Two schools were moved to temporary locations over the winter break...
By Mike Szymanski | February 18, 2016
LAUSD readies 2 sites for students escaping Porter Ranch gas leak
Two new school sites are expected to be completely ready by Wednesday for 1,850 LA Unified students relocated from the methane gas leak in Porter Ranch. That will give the district time to work out any last-minute glitches before the students and faculty move in next week. School board member Scott Schmerelson, Local District Northwest Superintendent...
By Mike Szymanski | January 4, 2016
LAUSD board votes to shut 2 Valley schools because of gas leak
Citing an “abundance of caution” for children the second time this week, the LA Unified school board voted today to move two Valley schools to another location until June because of toxic fumes from a leaking gas storage facility. The unanimous vote by the seven-member board cleared the way to move 1,870 students in the...
By Mike Szymanski | December 17, 2015
Morning Read: Zimmer Withdraws Evaluation Plan
LAUSD Board’s Martinez Wants To Restore Arts Funding In Schools She also wants a commitment to make arts a component of the new Common Core curriculum, integrating skills like drama, drawing and dance into the teaching of math, English and science. The national standards are set to take effect in Fall 2014, and the district is...
By Hillel Aron | October 8, 2012
Morning Read: Zimmer Revising
LAUSD board member Zimmer to revise charter schools proposal after protests Daily Breeze: Los Angeles Unified board member Steve Zimmer vowed Tuesday to revise his controversial charter schools resolution after nearly a dozen speakers and an overflow crowd voiced strident opposition to his plan to study tougher oversight. Defiance: the all-purpose word that drives kids out of...
By Hillel Aron | September 13, 2012