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School board launches new superintendent search

The Berkeley Unified School District board has launched a new search for a superintendent, following the failure of two attempts to appoint a new head last year. The board has engaged Ray & Associates, an executive search firm that specializes in education, to lead a nationwide search for a new superintendent. The job posting cites a “tradition of excellence […]

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Berkeley school district names likely new superintendent

Berkeley Unified School District looks set to name Edmond Heatley as its new Superintendent, pending agreement on his contract. Heatley is currently Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of Clayton County Public Schools, a school district near Atlanta, Georgia. BUSD says they have narrowed the field of candidates down to one and that is Heatley. Once due diligence is completed, […]

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Berkeley goes back to school amid transitions

School started Wednesday for more than 9,400 students in Berkeley’s 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. At Emerson Elementary School, students lined up on the playground in their class configurations and gave a big cheer of E-M-E-R-S-O-N, Emerson!, before entering their new classrooms. 2012-13 will be a year of transition for […]

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Costs unknown for Berkeley High School harassment case

By Anika Anand and Emily Hartley California Watch  After a Berkeley High School student complained of sexual harassment by her guidance counselor, the Berkeley Unified School District spent $94,000 on lawyers to fight her claim. Then in February, school officials made a $57,500 insurance payout to settle the girl’s lawsuit, according to court records and interviews. […]

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Berkeley school district settles sexual harassment case

The Berkeley School Board last night voted to approve a settlement in a federal sexual harassment lawsuit against the Berkeley Unified School District, which includes compensation of $57,500 and conditions imposed on Anthony Smith, the Berkeley High counselor at the center of the case. BUSD has also committed to revising its training and policies on sexual harassment […]