SOURCE: Birmingham Community Charter High School

Birmingham Community Charter High School

August 17, 2009 19:33 ET

Birmingham Community Charter High School Welcomes Local, State and Federal Leaders to Grand Opening Ceremonies

Superintendent Jack O'Connell, Congressman Brad Sherman Among Special Guests Slated for August 19th Event

LAKE BALBOA, CA--(Marketwire - August 17, 2009) - LAUSD conversion-charter Birmingham Community Charter High School (BCCHS) today announced that Superintendent Jack O'Connell of the California Department of Education, Congressman Brad Sherman of California's 27th District, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky of Los Angeles County's 3rd District and LAUSD 3rd District Board Member Tamar Galatzan are among the special guests the newly minted charter school will host on its August 19th Grand Opening.

Two-term school superintendent Jack O'Connell, a strong and vocal proponent of California Schools, will give the keynote address. "We are simply thrilled to have the Superintendent in our corner," states Birmingham Principal Marsha Coates. "This state leads the country in educational innovation and reform, but with budgets crumbling and class sizes soaring, students, parents and educators are scrambling to survive. Having Jack O'Connell's support means an awful lot right now."

Working under the California Charter Schools Act of 1992, BCCHS petitioned the LAUSD in January 2008. Following months of contentious political wrangling between the school's many stakeholders, the 55-year old Van Nuys-area campus was granted charter status on July 2nd, 2009 in a 5-2 vote by the LAUSD School Board.

With recent improvements in achievement and graduation rates, graduation day at Birmingham's 2009 culmination was the scene of hundreds of elated grads, scores of honor students as well as the national media. Birmingham now joins the ranks of other locally controlled campuses such as Granada Hills Charter High School, one of the nation's largest charter schools.

The five-year renewable charter effectively hands control of the LAUSD's largest campus over to a Board of Governors where the school's academic, professional and budgetary decision-making will occur. Composed of elected school administrators, instructors and community members, the new board's mission is to provide nearly 2900 students, their friends, families and other stakeholders with an open, active voice in school governance. As one of the most high-profile examples of the charter school movement in action, BCCHS will serve as both a hub of academic and social activity and a model for the future of California public schools.

BCCHS is at 17000 Haynes Street in Lake Balboa, CA, site of the former Birmingham Senior High School. Grand Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on August 19th in Birmingham Stadium. A VIP reception will be held immediately afterward at 10:00 a.m. for special guests. Guests and participants can enter the school from the Victory Boulevard gates, just west of Balboa Boulevard. Ample parking is available.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit the school's web site at For the VIP reception, please contact Colleen Milar at (818) 758-6546 or

Contact Information

  • Birmingham Community Charter High School
    17000 Haynes Street
    Lake Balboa, CA 91406
    Phone: (818) 758-5200
    Fax: (818) 342-5877