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New leadership expected at Los Angeles arts high school

June 9, 2011 | 10:46 am


The Times' Howard Blume reports Thursday that a new leader is expected at the troubled arts high school in downtown Los Angeles. Kim Bruno, who currently heads New York's prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, is said to be the new principal, though there is no official confirmation.

The article states that the decision "substantially involved" billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad, who has been instrumental in getting the school off the ground.

The arts high school -- whose cumbersome official name is the Central Los Angeles High School No. 9 School of Visual and Performing Arts -- opened its doors in 2009 and has since experienced a high rate of administrative turnover.

In addition, there has been controversy concerning the departure of a dance teacher and the issue of whether auditions should be required for admittance to the school.

The Times' report cites documents revealing a May 13 meeting with Bruno, new L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy and Gregory McGinity, the Broad Foundation's managing director of policy.

Read the full Times story on the arts high school.


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Upper photo: Central Los Angeles High School No. 9 School of Visual and Performing Arts. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Lower photo: Eli Broad. Credit: Jamie Rector / Bloomberg News