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June 22, 2010 > New Haven School District news

New Haven School District news

Submitted By Rick La Plante

New principal hired:
John Hazatone, who has 14 years of experience as an elementary school principal, has been hired as principal at Hillview Crest Elementary. The New Haven Unified School District Board of Education approved the appointment on June 15.

"We are very excited to welcome John to New Haven," Superintendent Kari McVeigh said. "His tremendous experience, and his knowledge and enthusiasm, will be a perfect fit for the Hillview Crest family - students, parents and staff."

Mr. Hazatone comes to Hillview Crest after spending the past seven years as principal of Ruus Elementary School in the Hayward Unified School District, where he implemented literacy initiatives similar to those being employed successfully in New Haven as well as a school-wide, leveled and systematic English Language Development program for more than 400 English learners.

Before that, Mr. Hazatone was principal for seven years at Palma Ceia Elementary, also in Hayward, where he oversaw the school's transition to Title I status, a federal designation designed to help disadvantaged students meet state academic content and performance standards. Hillview Crest also is a Title I school.

Mr. Hazatone will replace Beth Davies, who has accepted a position in the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento.

District and teachers work together to resolve student testing issue:
Working together to resolve an issue that would have disrupted and distracted students during testing next spring, the New Haven Unified School District and the New Haven Teachers Association have agreed on a change to the 2010-11 instructional calendar.

As approved by the Board of Education, schools will be closed for spring break April 4-8, 2011, instead of April 25-29, as originally called for in the collective bargaining agreement between the District and NHTA. The change will keep students from having to miss a week of school in the middle of the state- and federally mandated testing window.

"When STAR testing dates for 2010-11 were announced, it was discovered that our spring recess falls right in the middle of the testing window, which would create obvious disruptions and disadvantages for both students and staff," Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Derek McNamara said. The teachers association suggested the move to April 4-8, noting that the previous Friday (April 1) already is a scheduled day off.

"We're grateful to NHTA for working with us to find a solution," Mr. McNamara said.

The District and NHTA also agreed to a second, relatively minor change to the 2010-11 instructional calendar, moving the non-student day that coincides with semester break for middle schools and high schools. Students in grades 6-12 will not have school January 24, 2011, instead of January 31, as originally scheduled.

Per contract, changes to the Instructional Calendar are negotiated with NHTA. The District also shared the recommendation with the local chapter of the California School Employees Association as well as with the New Haven Administrators Association.

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