LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS. MAY 14, 2013. The embattled Los Angeles Unified aviation school at Van Nuys Airport will continue operating next year, thanks to a $1-a-year lease negotiated between the school district and the city.
The district had threatened to shut down the popular program in July, when its monthly rent was set to double to $12,000.
In a deal negotiated by outgoing board member Nury Martinez, Los Angeles World Airports, which operates Van Nuys, agreed to a reduced rent for the site, on a month-to-month lease.
"This is a victory -- not just for our students, teacher and faculty, not just for the aviation community, but for the San Fernando Valley and the city of Los Angeles," Martinez said. "The students we educate here are going on to good-paying, middle-class jobs."
Other advocates for the school included Si and Betty Robin, the owners of Sensor Systems Inc., a Chatsworth company that supplies aircraft antennaes.
Located on three acres just west of the main runway, the school operates as a two-year program that teaches airframe and powerplant operation. It's open to about 100 adult and high school students, and has a 92 percent graduation rate.