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September 23, 2009 > New Haven Schools Board of Education Briefs

New Haven Schools Board of Education Briefs

Submitted By Rick La Plante

The Board of Education on Tuesday night received a report outlining options for the creation of a Community Day School to serve expelled students currently attending Quest Academy or the Hayward Community School or enrolled in New Haven's special education program. At least three previous attempts to create a Community Day School have not been successful, and staff recommended that the District suspend pursuit of a Community Day School to focus on reducing the number of suspensions and expulsions, develop action plans for behavioral and academic interventions and monitor expelled students.

Heard from members of the Sikh community, concerned about the level of Punjabi instruction being offered at James Logan High School. Although an insufficient number of students registered for Punjabi 1, three classes still are being offered, the same number as last year. Students currently are tested and classes being rebalanced to allow for a Punjabi 1-2 class, a Punjabi 2-3 class and a Punjabi 3-4 class.

Recognized James Logan High School students Ismael Williams and Drake Pough, who as juniors last June won the national championship in Duo Interpretation at the National Forensic League Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama. Logan, coached by Tommie Lindsey, was named a School of Excellence in all three tournament categories: Speech, Debate and All Events.

Agendas of regular Board of Education meetings and minutes of past meetings are available on the District website:

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