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Armenian school prevented from opening in Glendale due to safety concerns

September 7, 2010 |  7:34 am

A private Armenian school that Glendale city officials say has violated several zoning and building codes will not be permitted to open its doors as planned next week after city attorneys secured a temporary restraining order against its operators.

Glendale officials said that a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge granted the restraining order against Scholars Academic Foundation on the 3800 block of Foothill Boulevard after it failed to obtain the necessary permits and certifications to operate a school.

"We didn't want to place the children in jeopardy," City Atty. Scott Howard said.

The temporary restraining order forbids the school from conducting assemblies, tutoring, counseling, classroom instruction and nursery or day care operations, according to the court order issued Wednesday.

The school's owner, Anahit Grigoryan, said on Friday that the city never notified her and other campus officials that an order had even been presented to the judge.

As far as Grigoryan knew, she said, the K-12 school was scheduled to reopen Tuesday for the first day of classes.

"It's just illegal," Grigoryan said, adding that she would be consulting her attorney.

Still, city officials contend school administrators have failed to obtain zoning permits for operations and parking, as well as showing compliance with building codes.

The city claims school administrators also failed to meet several health and safety codes, including for the subterranean garage being used as a storage and playground area.

Read the full Glendale News-Press story here.

--Veronica Rocha, Times Community News