For the past 15 years, Greg Krikorian has helped shape the Glendale Unified School District’s continued reputation of education excellence. While budget cuts have continued to threaten the GUSD, Krikorian and his colleagues on the School Board have protected the classroom through a fiscally responsible approach making the welfare of each and every student a priority. As the GUSD continues to face numerous challenges going forward, the School Board requires battle-tested leadership to strongly represent the interests of teachers and students. For 15-years, Krikorian and his colleagues have developed a track record of success that has kept the GUSD safe, solvent, and sustainable during difficult times.
As a School Board Member, Krikorian has been a strong voice for a “Safety First” approach for the district’s schools. In 2008, the Board partnered with Safe Routes to School to maintain traffic-efficient safe zones around local schools. More recently, following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Krikorian proposed implementing a panic button system for Glendale’s Schools in a move to reduce emergency response times during a potential crisis. For Krikorian, the safety of students is the most critical issue going forward.
Krikorian and his colleagues have maintained a forward thinking approach to education. For the past four years, the School Board has created partnerships with local businesses such as The Walt Disney Company, Nestle, DreamWorks Animation, and Brand Blvd of Cars, which have given the students additional opportunities to explore innovative and creative approaches to prepare for the future.
Kept Classroom Sizes Small
During budget cuts and a lack of resources from the state, Krikorian has worked with his colleagues to keep resources in the classroom and maintain smaller class sizes for K-3 students. Importantly, the district’s quality of education has not diminished under Krikorian’s tenure on the Board.
No Teacher Layoffs
Despite a fiscal crisis during Krikorian’s tenure on the School Board, teachers have remained employed. To date, the GUSD remains one of the few districts in the state that has managed to avoid layoffs.
During Krikorian’s tenure of the School Board, 25 schools in the GUSD have been included in the California’s list of distinguished schools—9 of which have been awarded the National Blue Ribbon. As a result of the School Board’s efforts, US News and World Report awarded two of Glendale’s nine high schools with silver medals and two with bronze in their nationwide rankings of over 21,000 high schools.
Innovative Revenue Streams
In order to increase revenue streams and fund Glendale’s schools; Krikorian and his colleagues helped usher-in partnerships with organizations such as FilmLA and the Glendale Educational Foundation (GEF), which have helped generate over $1,000,000 in funds and have supported crucial programs to maintain the high education standards for the district.
During budget cuts brought on by the state’s fiscal crisis, Krikorian and his colleagues contained the district’s skyrocketing energy costs through conservation measures, managed an effective budget, and applied a prudent approach to using federal dollars to address the district’s needs for technological innovation.
Empowering the Community
Under Krikorian’s term as President in 2010, the School Board launched the GUSD 2015 Strategic Planning Committee consisting of parents, teachers, students, and members of the community, to help shape the direction of the district and empower the community to take part in creating a brighter future for GUSD students.