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May 15, 2007 > District gets added funding for elementary services

District gets added funding for elementary services

Submitted By Rick LaPlante

Two additional counselors and a social worker will provide extra services for elementary students in Union City as a result of more than $1 million in new funding. Also, New Haven Unified School District will be able to open a parent center at the new Cabello Student Services Center.

New Haven will receive $376,854 per year for three years from the federal Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (OSDFS). The OSDFS Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program grant will enable the district to implement a system-wide approach to reinforcing positive behavior for kindergarten through fifth-grade students, through a program known as Building Effective Schools Together (BEST).

"This money will help us achieve the objectives that students, parents, teachers and other community members outlined for us in the Strategic Plan," Superintendent Dr. Pat Jaurequi said, "that 85percent of our students will reach proficiency; that all of our students will develop and demonstrate positive character attributes; and that all of our students will meet graduation requirements."

Specifically, the funding will help the district move forward on several actions called for in the Strategic Plan, including establishing a parent/family resource center, involving family members to enhance the educational experience of students, and improving the physical safety of students.

Currently, the district has only two counselors serving its elementary schools, and they work solely with fifth-graders. The parent center, meanwhile, will be one of several programs at the new Cabello Student Services Center being established at Cabello Elementary, which is closing at the end of the current school year.

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