Burbank School Superintendent Jan Britz to Retire

By On October 16, 2014

Dr. Jan Britz announced today through a press release that she will be stepping down at the end of the school year as head of the Burbank School District.

Dr Jan Britz. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dr Jan Britz. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dr. Britz is finishing her 40th year in education in June, 2015. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, human resources director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. She has taught in both private and public school systems from grade 4 through college level. Dr. Britz says the highlight of all her years as an educator is the honor of ending her career as the Superintendent of the Burbank Unified School District.

During her tenure in Burbank, the District struggled through the worst financial crisis in California without impacting student learning. BUSD is a leading District in the state in student achievement. It is a tradition in BUSD to provide high-quality education to students. The parents and the community expect this.

Dr. Britz shares that education is changing and it’s time for new leadership in BUSD. In the last year, funding for education has changed from revenue limit dollars to Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). In addition, the schools across the nation are making big changes in teaching and learning by implementing Common Core Standards in grades K-12. This curriculum change means a comprehensive multi-year professional development program for teachers and new instructional materials for students.

Working collaboratively with the Board of Education and District administration, Dr. Britz has brought new programs and changes that support the needs at the schools:

  • Transitional Kindergarten
  • Junior Kindergarten
  • Middle School World Language
  • Independent Learning Academy
  • P.E. Credit for Band and Choir
  • Math Intervention
  • Standardized RtI as a Best Practice
  • Accelerated Reading Program at All Elementary Schools
  • District Math Field Day
  • District Career Tech Awards Program
  • CAHSEE Intervention Classes
  • High School Online Credit Courses with Brigham Young University
  • District Online Credit Recovery Courses for High School
  • High School Online Summer School
  • Dual Credit: High School and College for Woodbury University Courses in Visual Arts
  • Monthly Assistant Principal Meetings
  • Weekly Principal Newsletters
  • Supply Epinephrine Injectors in All Nurses’ Offices
  • Automated External Defibrillators in All Schools, District Office, and District Service Centers
  • Aspiring Administrators Academy

Under Dr. Britz’s leadership, the District also passed Measure S, a $110 million General Obligation bond for technology, building renovations (HVAC, roofing), portables, and energy-efficiency projects.

In 2007, former BUSD Superintendent Dr. Greg Bowman and former City Manager Mary Alvord brought together the school district, the City, and the community to fund a multi-million dollar field renovation project. Dr. Britz was selected to facilitate a string of partnerships with the District and the City to implement this project for funding, for construction, and for usage. The field renovation project included installation of artificial turf on the football field at Burbank High School and Memorial Field at John Burroughs High School and an all-weather track for both schools. Youth Endowment Services funds were used to renovate the Jordan Middle School athletic field. This joint project initiated a 50-year Joint Use Agreement between the school district and the City of Burbank.

Burbank is an incredible community. I wish to thank everyone in Burbank for all you do for our students. Working in BUSD is a privilege and an honor which I will continue to enjoy until the school year ends. I am committed to give 100% from now until I actually retire and help with the transition for new leadership. This announcement gives the Board of Education some time to plan, advertise, and hire a new superintendent.