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August 27, 2008 > New Haven Education Briefs

New Haven Education Briefs

Submitted By Rick LaPlante

The Board of Education received a report from the Division of Teaching and Learning on second-year implementation of the Strategic Plan, the New Haven community's vision for the District. The Strategic Plan, crafted during the 2005-06 school year by more than 150 students, parents, teachers, classified employees, principals, administrators and community members, is designed to drive budgeting and decision-making through 2010-11. It was updated in November 2007.

Chief Academic Officer Glynn Thompson offered an overview of progress in all five strategies of the Plan and highlighted the Division of Teaching and Learning's core messages: rigorous standards-aligned instruction; systems alignment; collaborative culture; accountability; focused leadership at all levels; disciplinary literacy. Mr. Thompson told the Board that the dramatic upswing in standardized test scores this year is confirmation that the Strategic Plan is working.

The report also included a presentation from Pioneer Elementary School teacher Matt Callison on the implementation of literacy instruction.

The Board also received an update on preparations and readiness for the start of school Wednesday, Aug. 27. Chief Business Officer Ted Hood discussed: The relocation of Cesar Chavez Middle School (CCMS) to the former Barnard-White Middle School (BWMS) campus for the 2008-09 school year, while CCMS is undergoing modernization; Changes in the transportation program, including the addition of bus routes to accommodate CCMS students getting to BWMS and the elimination of high school busing due to state budget cuts. The increase in class size at the secondary level is another direct result of the state budget crisis.

The Board recognized the James Logan High School band and color guard, who recently returned from a two-week trip to China, where they performed in activities leading up to the Beijing Olympics, as part of the Beijing Olympic Orchestra. The Board saw video highlights from the trip, and freshman House Assistant Principal Ramon Camacho, who accompanied the travel party, commended parents and staff for giving students such a unique opportunity.

Approved a collective bargaining agreement, through June 2011, with the New Haven Administrators Association.

Before the meeting, the Board held a farewell reception for Superintendent Dr. Pat Jaurequi, whose last day with the District will be August 31. Dr. Jaurequi will take over as Superintendent of the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento County, nearer her home, on Sept. 1.

Correction: An item in the New Haven E-News distributed Tuesday included an incorrect dismissal time for James Logan High School students. The regular school day runs from 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In addition, zero-period classes are from 7:39 to 8:33 a.m., and
eighth-period classes are from 3:37 to 4:31 p.m.

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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