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August 24, 2010 > New Haven Board education briefs

New Haven Board education briefs

Submitted By Rick La Plante

The Board of Education approved a plan to modernize classroom technology across the district and provide wireless access at all sites, part of a list of projects to be accomplished with the $5.6 million remaining from Measure A, a $120 million bond passed by New Haven voters in 2003.

Funds also will be used to upgrade energy and irrigation management systems district-wide, provide back-up power generation to support connectivity to data and voice systems and student information systems, and on the following site-specific projects:
Alvarado Elementary: multipurpose cafeteria floor; Cabello Student Support Center: portable restroom for community day school; Hillview Crest Elementary: multipurpose cafeteria floor; Searles Elementary: multipurpose cafeteria floor; Alvarado Middle: multipurpose cafeteria floor, floor replacement in locker rooms, asphalt repair; Barnard-White Middle: sewer line replacement; Cesar Chavez Middle: floor and restroom compartment replacement in locker rooms; James Logan High: audio/visual modernization, sewer line and storm drain replacement, asphalt repair; Dan Oden Swim Complex: boiler and pump replacement; and Educational Services Center: carpet and roof replacement.

The Board also discussed the possibility of calling for a parcel tax to make up some of the revenue lost because of continued state cuts to the education budget, and directed staff to organize community forums in an effort to gauge voter sentiment.

Discussions included the ongoing lease of nine classrooms at the former Barnard-White Middle School to Mission Hills Middle School, a Fremont private school, and tabled consideration of a new lease of seven classrooms to Northstar School, a Hayward private school. The District also is leasing space at BWMS to Cornerstone College of Science & Technology.

The Board directed staff to bring a list of firms to serve as a general counsel for all legal needs, and was introduced to new principals John Hazatone of Hillview Crest Elementary School and Anthony La Rue of Eastin Elementary.

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