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July 23, 2008 > New Haven Unified School District Board briefs

New Haven Unified School District Board briefs

Submitted By Rick La Plante

The Board of Education at their last meeting received a presentation about the Division of Teaching and Learning's core messages for 2008-09. Chief Academic Officer Glynn Thompson outlined four key messages:

Systems Alignment: aligning all District initiatives with the Strategic Plan and budgeting accordingly; focusing on rigorous instruction and curricular alignment; coaching to impact the instructional core; emphasizing that "We are all learners! We are all leaders!"

Collaborative Culture: providing quality and aligned professional development; implementing Professional Learning Communities; partnering with parents and community;

Accountability: focusing on literacy; improving use of data-driven assessment tools; focusing on results;

Strong Leadership: aligning leadership focus on school support; implementing the Strategic Plan; coaching leadership to impact instruction.

Also at their last meeting, the Board:

Heard Superintendent Dr. Pat Jaurequi's recommendation to delay until 2009 a $150 million facilities bond that had been proposed for the November election, primarily because of the difficult economy and number of competing tax and bond measures expected to be on the upcoming November ballot.

Discussed a proposed policy allowing for the sale or lease of naming rights to high-profile district facilities such as the Performing Arts Center and the Culinary Arts Institute. All four board members in attendance spoke against the proposal.

Welcomed Ted Hood, the District's new Chief Business Officer.

Agendas of regular Board of Education meetings and minutes of past meetings are available on the District website: www.nhusd.k12.ca.us

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