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September 28, 2010 > New Haven Unified Board of Education Briefs

New Haven Unified Board of Education Briefs

Submitted By Rick La Plante

The Board of Education, on September 21, received a student achievement report for the 2009-10 school year from the Division of Teaching & Learning.

Chief Academic Officer Wendy Gudalewicz told the Board that while New Haven students as a whole are meeting state proficiency goals, the District is not closing the gap between its highest and lowest-performing subgroups. As a result, the Division is in the process of establishing specific goals for subgroups in 2010-11, in both English/language arts and math.

Ms. Gudalewicz highlighted the critical literacy program at Hillview Crest Elementary resulted in huge gains in student achievement. Not only in English/language arts, but also in all subjects as critical thinking was applied across the board. Proficiency levels increased dramatically in Hillview Crest's sub-groups, and the program is being implemented this fall at three more elementary schools with plans to expand it to all seven next fall.

Director of Assessment & Evaluation Craig Boyan told the Board Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) results show that District students now are scoring above the national average in a majority of grades and subjects.

Mr. Boyan also noted that District students taking the California High School Exit Exam for the first time are passing at a higher rate than their county and state counterparts, overall and in most sub-groups. The gap between the highest and lowest-scoring subgroups is shrinking but still is too wide, according to Mr. Boyan.

Ms. Gudalewicz cited newly available statistics showing that 72 percent of James Logan High School's 2009 graduates enrolled in a two-year or four-year college, up from 63 percent in 2004. The statistics also show that 29 percent of 2004 graduates have completed college and 26 percent still are enrolled.

Also, the Board:

Extended Superintendent Kari McVeigh's contract through November 2014.

Approved "unaudited actuals" - actual revenues, expenses and fund balances - for the 2009-10 fiscal year. While the District closed its books with the required reserves, Chief Business Officer Akur Varadarajan said, the fiscal pressures for 2010-11 and future years still exist. Staff will continue to refine assumptions and make appropriate recommendations to the Board during its first interim report in December.

Recognized the following employees who have completed 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service to the District:

20 Years: Geraldine Bodine, Pioneer; Kristina Sanchez, Education Services Center (ESC); Hesham Moussa, Logan; Marcela Griffin, Alvarado Middle (AMS); Anna Calubiran, Alvarado Elementary (AES); Peter Quesinberry, Chavez; Valerie Garcia, Logan; Nancy Mumm, AES; Christine Dixon, HI; Allan Johnston, Cabello Student Support Center (CSSC); Vaitupu Vegas, Corporation Yard; Antonio Lopez, CCM; Jaime Huertas, Logan; Debra Furtado, ESC; Nelson Agregado, AMS; Phil Blair, Pioneer; Tina Bobadilla-Mastel, Logan; Jill Brabson, Emanuele; Jose Cobos, Logan; Eric Endow, ESC; Kathy Frye, Kitayama; David Haight, Logan; Karen Lance, Kitayama; Kate Lipman, Logan; Kathleen Mabie, AES; Megan Mahoney, Pioneer; Thomas McClintock, Logan; Benilda Medders, Eastin; Jesus Varela, AMS; Cadthy Herrera Smith, Corp Yard; Brenda Loggins, CCM; Scott Pizani, ESC; Carolyn Launchbury, Searles; Darlene Pacheco, Eastin; Carol Engberg, Eastin; Mary Ramirez, CCM; Patricia Tripepi, Logan; Victoria Jackson, Logan; Susan Switkowski, CSSC.

25 years: Joanne Ross, Emanuele; Adrienne Alexander, Pioneer; Ronald Kalanick, Corp Yard; Gina Pacaldo, Emanuele; Lowell Vivian, Corp Yard; Raquel Leon, Logan; Debra Ferguson, Pioneer; Nancy McDonough, Emanuele; Brenda Moreno, Logan; Lee Webb, Logan; Gloria Low, District-wide; Jean Spear, Logan; Dagne Wong, Eastin.

30 Years: Rosemary Aguirre, Eastin; Mireya Casarez-Varela, Conley-Caraballo; Susan Everett, AMS; Maria Estrella-Duran, Emanuele; Michael Roman, Logan; Susan Wacek, Distict-wide; Arturo Nava, Emanuele; Tommie Lindsey, Jr., Logan; Terese Lampi, Logan.

35 years: David Chatman, CCM; Rita Davis, Eastin; Eduardo Munoz, Kitayama.

40 years: Enriquetta Camacho, New Haven Adult School.

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