BEVERLY HILLS (AP) — An ambitious $1 million-in-a-week fundraiser for Beverly Hills schools fell short of its goal, but donations reached $540,000 and it’s enough to cancel 11 layoffs.

The rich idea to raise the money in a week for the city’s 4,700-student school district was designed to avoid layoffs and maintain small class sizes and arts programs in the Beverly Hills Unified School District.

The campaign ended Sunday with $540,000 raised. The total has risen since to $600,000.

The Los Angeles Times says the tally was enough to persuade the school board on Monday to save all 11 targeted positions, including counselors, teachers and custodians.

The district has four kindergarten-through-eighth grade schools and Beverly Hills High School, where graduates include Albert Brooks, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, Carrie Fisher and David Schwimmer.

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Comments (3)
  1. Patricia says:

    It’s amazing to hear that they won’t lay off those people. I’ve heard great things about BHHS and quite a few celebrities graduated from there, so it’s an important part of Beverly Hills history.

    I’ve actually had the pleasure to listen to Michael Libow‘s Rod Lightning and the Thunderbolts of Love on this 4th of July and I later found out he graduated from BHHS as well. Great voice, great band, amazing show altogether.

    1. Audel says:

      Times are chngaing for the better if I can get this online!

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