Public Forum Planned Amid Concerns Over Burbank's Proposed Armenian School

Residents argue the proposed school would clog residential streets with traffic and parked cars

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    A proposed Armenian charter school would fill this vacant space in the 3900 block of Burbank Boulevard near Hollywood Way.

    The Burbank Unified School District is expected to hold a public forum next week in hopes of easing frustrations by residents upset over a proposed Armenian charter school.

    Neighbors lashed out over the plans and said they weren't given proper notice about a school they fear will clog traffic on residential streets.

    The proposal would open the Giligia Charter Academy in a vacant property in the 3900 block of Burbank Boulevard near Hollywood Way by September.

    "The District is aware that there are concerns in the community and we plan to work with stakeholders to address those concerns," district officials said in a statement on Monday.

    The forum will be held "in order to provide accurate information on charter schools and to address concerns regarding the charter school petition recently approved," the statement read.

    The school's 30-car parking lot would have to suffice for a staff that handles an expected 120 students. It would welcome K-12 students and would be just feet from homes.

    The Burbank Unified School Board conditionally approved the school on June 5.

    "No one told us that this was even an idea in the making and now it's going through a phase of an approval?" resident Gina Walker told NBC4 last week.

    The forum is set for June 30 at 6 p.m. at the Burbank Adult School Auditorium at 3811 W. Allan Ave. The district is expected to make a final decision about the school on July 17.

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