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The Board of Education on Tuesday night approved three-year contracts with Chief Academic Officer Arlando Smith and Chief Business Officer Akur Varadarajan to continue serving as co-superintendents, through June 2017. Dr. Smith and Mr. Varadarajan have been serving as interim co-superintendents since August 2013.
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The Board of Education on Tuesday night adopted a 2014-15 budget that restores the school year to 184 days and reduces class sizes in kindergarten through third grade. Read More »»
The Board of Education on Tuesday night received the annual report from the Health Education and Resource Team. HEART is the District’s Wellness Advisory Task Force, tasked with assisting on developing policy for a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for students.
The report by Director of Food & Nutrition Services Angelia Nava outlined menu changes, nutrient standards and other activities from the 2013-14 school year.
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The Board of Education on Tuesday night received an initial draft overview of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), a comprehensive planning tool for the District’s Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) grant. Read More »»
The Board of Education on Tuesday night approved a proposal to set a tax rate target and bond issuance maximum value for a possible bond election in November.
Facing more than $300 million in facility and technology needs and seeking to maintain its investment in 21st century learning, the District is considering asking voters to approve a measure that would raise from $100 million to $150 million through a property tax increase of $50 per $100,000 of assessed value. Under California’s Proposition 39 requirements for general obligation bonds, passage would require the approval of 55 percent of voters and a Citizens Oversight Committee would monitor and review all expenditures. Read More »»
Vicki Baker, who teaches science at Alvarado Middle School, has been selected as the New Haven Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year, it was announced during the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. Darrell Rumple, who works in the District’s Corporation Yard, was named Classified Employee of the Year.
The Board also recognized Teachers of the Year and Classified Employees of the Year from each District school and worksite. Read More »»
The Board of Education on Tuesday night received a report from the external evaluation team that reviewed initial implementation of New Haven’s Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) grant. The District, one of only 16 nationwide winners in the U.S. Department of Education’s RTT-D competition, is receiving more than $29 million over a 4½-year period, to personalize student learning, improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare all students to succeed in college and careers. Read More »»
The Board of Education on Tuesday night, received a report on academic progress and an update on the District’s plans for upcoming changes to the state’s testing program for students. Read More »»
The Board of Education on Tuesday night, received reports on how Gov. Brown’s budget proposal for 2014-15 and the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) will affect public education. Read More »»
Jonas Dino, who in the midst of his fourth term is the longest-serving member of the Board of Education, was elected by his colleagues Tuesday night to serve as Board President through December 2014. Michelle Matthews was elected clerk.
Also on Tuesday night, the Board approved the first interim budget report for 2013-14 as well as multi-year projections for 2014-15 and 2015-16. Read More »»
The Board of Education on Tuesday night received a presentation from the District’s Equity Task Force, a group of students, teachers, administrators and community members working to identify and recommend ways that the District can be a more equitable place for all.
Using data from student and teacher surveys and parent focus groups, the Task Force cited the need for culturally responsive teaching and culturally relevant curriculum and suggested two priority areas: Read More »»
More than 30 people spoke to the Board of Education during a public hearing Tuesday night on a petition calling for the creation of a charter school within the boundaries of the New Haven Unified School District. Read More »»
The Board of Education on Tuesday night received a presentation outlining the work of the Union City Kids’ Zone, a partnership between the District and more than a dozen other local agencies, designed to provide cradle-to career services for the District’s most vulnerable students and their families. Read More »»
The Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the appointment of Quiauna Scott as Director for K-12 Programs.
Ms. Scott, who replaces Dr. Olivia Lynch in the Division of Teaching & Learning, comes to New Haven after serving as principal at Carquinez Middle School in Crocket. Former vice principal at Deer Valley High School in Antioch, she also served as principal of James Madison Middle School in Oakland.
Also on Tuesday night, the Board:
• Approved the annual investment report for 2012-13.
• Approved the unaudited actuals financial report for 2012-13.