August 28, 2007 > New Haven Unified School District board briefs
New Haven Unified School District board briefs
Submitted By Rick LaPlante
The Board of Education on Tuesday night received the first annual report on the District*s Strategic Plan, the five-year blueprint for budgeting and decision-making crafted by New Haven students, parents, teachers, classified employees, administrators and other community members and adopted by the Board of Education in 2005-06.
During the 2006-07 school year, the District completed 12 action plans and began work on nine others. Projects completed included the creation of a master plan for English learners, implementation of a system of ongoing collaboration at both the K-5 and 6-8 levels, creation of a New Haven Community Forum to give parents and staff members access to information and an opportunity to contribute ideas, development and administration of a District needs assessment on communication, and the integration of character education at the K-5 level. Among projects in progress are the incorporation of common assessment tools and benchmark assessments into language arts and mathematics, staff training in cultural/class sensitivity and diversity, and the establishing of small learning communities at all grade levels.
Also on Tuesday night, the Board received an update on progress made toward addressing the findings of the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team that evaluated District technology in 2005. The District has replaced its e-mail system and is in the process of replacing the student information and financial systems and making network upgrades. The District also has addressed and is continuing to address FCMAT's concerns regarding security and access control.
The Board also:
Nominated Trustee Gwen Estes for another term as Director At-Large, Black, with the California School Boards Association. Approved a state waiver to allow a mid-year kindergarten program to operate on the same site as a Community Day School, at the Cabello Student Support Center.
Approved a state waiver to allow the Spectrum Non-Public School to serve severely handicapped students at Cabello.
Parents and staff are reminded that the next Union City Flea Market, sponsored by the New Haven Schools Foundation to raise money for scholarships, classroom mini-grants and other programs, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in the parking lot at James Logan High. Admission is free for customers. Selling spaces start at $30. Information: 471-1100, ext. 2004.
Agendas of all Board of Education meetings and minutes of past meetings are available on the District website: www.nhusd.k12.ca.us.