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April 10, 2007 > School board meeting details

School board meeting details

On Tuesday, April 3, the New Haven Unified School District Board of Education received a report on interventions and support for struggling students, including a video demonstration of how the special program, "Writing Academy," is working at Barnard-White Middle School. The presentation also included information on the 2007 summer school program and on how changes in state funding are affecting what kinds of courses the district is able to offer.

The board also received an update on Strategic Plan implementation for 2007-08. Work began this year on 21 of the 54 action plans that are to be implemented over a five-year period. As a result of feedback from district and site administration and from the New Haven Teachers Association, the number of action plans slated for implementation in 2007-08 is being scaled back. For example, in order to ensure that the Strategy 1 focus on English Language Arts becomes systemized, the focus on mathematics originally scheduled for 2007-08 will be delayed until 2008-09.

The board was unable to reach agreement on a policy for the installation of video surveillance cameras, as requested by the school site council at James Logan High School. With one member absent because of out-of-town business, the vote was 2-2.

Also on Tuesday night, the board recognized advisor Patrick Hannigan and the staff of the Logan Courier, which celebrated its first anniversary as what is believed to be the only daily, year-round high school news site in the country, and possibly in the world. A video clip showed Channel 7's television coverage of the Courier story.

The board approved a call for bids for construction of the Performing Arts Center at Logan. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer, with completion in December 2008.

Budget updates included information about the savings realized by the installation of a solar-energy system at Conley-Caraballo High; the possibility that the District may receive up to an additional $75,000 per year in reimbursements for mandated costs; and a projected drop in state lottery funding.

Board members also approved new and revised policies for special education and student services; calls for bids on paving, roofing and other projects; and requests for proposals for solar energy systems at Logan and at Kitayama Elementary.

Agendas of all board of education meetings and minutes of past meetings are available on the district website: www.nhusd.k12.ca.us.

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