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Margo and Hall Join School Board, Goldberg Assumes Board Presidency

New board President Brian Goldberg outlined 12 goals for the next year.

and joined the Board of Education Tuesday, helping to vote in as the new board president and Jake Manaster as the new vice president. Both votes were unanimous.

The new members replaced Myra Lurie and Steven Fenton, both of whom were honored by their colleagues for their service. Outgoing board President Lisa Korbatov remains on the panel.

Goldberg, who previously served as vice president of the board, immediately pledged to work hard to bring the Beverly Hills Unified School District back to its former status as a top district in the state.

“We do not have the luxury of resting on our laurels if we want to provide the best possible education for our students,” Goldberg said at the installation ceremony. “We must keep the momentum going forward.” 

He then outlined his top 12 goals for the coming year:

  • Bring continuity and stability to our district office to ensure the district meets its goals.  
  • Re-establish a gifted and talented education program.
  • Implement a strategic education plan that includes full integration of technology in the kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum.
  • Increase expectations for students by mandating four years of science in order to graduate from Beverly Hills High School.
  • Approve a Master Facilities Plan that meets the educational, security and safety goals of all five city schools.
  • Develop a high school class schedule that provides maximum flexibility for students.
  • Hire a director of college admissions at BHHS to help students enjoy greater success in being accepted to the schools of their choice.
  • Explore creative curriculum and programs like the International Baccelorate and advanced science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.
  • Implement a zero-based budgeting process that allows BHUSD to prioritize spending that supports academic excellence.
  • Develop a plan to attract and retain the best teachers by offering competitive compensation packages and a positive learning environment.
  • Ensure that all five city schools are once again eligible for consideration to be named “California Distinguished Schools.”
  • Stop the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from tunneling under BHHS as part of the , even if that means stopping the subway from being built.

Margo and Hall also spoke about boosting the district's reputation.

“Making this district No. 1 in the country is a good idea. ...Working together with our teachers, our parents and our community, we can accomplish this goal,” Hall said.

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Barry Brucker December 08, 2011 at 07:26 PM
On behalf of the entire City Council, we congratulation newly elected Board President Dr. Brian Goldberg and Vice President Jake Manaster and welcome new Members Noah Margo and Lewis Hall. The Council is committed to supporting our schools as we continue to provide excellence in education to our students. Barry Brucker, Mayor
Ron Goldberg December 09, 2011 at 08:59 PM
"Stop the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from tunneling under BHHS as part of the Westside Subway Extension, even if that means stopping the subway from being built." Congratulations Beverly Hills, you get to have more of your money lit on fire by engaging in frivolous lawsuits!

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