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Groundbreaking on new school; Chang finalist for Boston job

Craig Clough | February 26, 2015

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school report buzzLA Unified broke ground Saturday on South Region High School #8 with a ceremony attended by district and community leaders. The school is the last of 131 to be built under the district’s current $27 billion bond program.

The school will be on a  9.24 acre campus consisting of three learning communities, according to LA Unified. Facilities will include classrooms, science labs, a library, a multi-purpose building, a food service area, lunch shelter, administration offices and a gymnasium. The school is scheduled to open for students in 2017.

Take a look at the below video for a computer-generated tour of what the new school should look like.

Tommy Chang finalist for Boston superintendent

Tommy Chang, LAUSD’s superintendent of the Intensive Support and Innovation Educational Service Center, is one of four finalists to become the superintendent of Boston  Public Schools.

As part of the process, Chang participated in a forum this week where he answered questions from the public, according to the Boston Globe. The public forum is one of the last steps in the process, and the school board will select a new superintendent on March 3, according to the report. Take a look at video from Chang’s public forum here.

KLCS director wins award

Alan Popkin, KLCS’s director of Television Engineering and Technical Operations, was presented this week with the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) 2015 EDGE Award. The EDGE Award is “given to an individual who has excelled in the use of technology, groundbreaking partnerships and other pioneering work to advance public television’s public service mission.”

Popkin’s recent role in getting KLCS — which is owned by LA Unified — to team up with KCET and auction off bandwidth to the FCC was cited as a key reason for the honor. The deal is expected to garner millions for the station.

“I am delighted to present the 2015 EDGE Award to Alan Popkin for his extraordinary leadership in last year’s channel sharing pilot between KLCS and KJLA, in partnership with our Association and CTIA (The Wireless Association,)” said Patrick Butler, president and CEO of APTS, in a statement. “This pilot demonstrated the feasibility, strengths and challenges of channel sharing for public television stations, and Alan’s remarkable expertise has been immensely helpful to stations across the country in determining their best options in the upcoming FCC spectrum auction and repacking process.”

Sun Valley Magnet celebrates ‘Engineering Week’

With help from industry experts at the Jet Propulsion Lab, Northrop Grumman, Google, The Council for Watershed Health and the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Sun Valley Magnet School is celebrating its second annual “Engineering Week” this week.

Students will have the opportunity to work with engineering experts on a number of projects, including building rockets and catapults, according to LA Unified.

“Great things are happening in Sun Valley. Principal (Roberto) Lee and the dedicated staff of Sun Valley Magnet School work hard to provide a top-notch, STEAM-focused education to our students,” school board member Monica Ratliff said in a statement. “Parents support the school and students are engaged and active. I welcome the partnership with industry leaders and thank them for their commitment to our students!”




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