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May 31, 2011 > Measure B Defeat - What Happens Now?

Measure B Defeat - What Happens Now?

By Suzanne Ortt

May 3 ended the mail-in balloting for Measure B. The measure, a proposed parcel tax for the New Haven Unified School District, failed by just a handful of votes. An official recount requested by the Taking Care of Our Kids Committee did not change the election results.

Now the Committee, concerned parents, teachers, and community members are regrouping to help stave off school budget cuts. Although the Committee wants to resolve all Measure B issues, its present focus is saving co-curricular programs through fundraising.

So the New Haven Booster Association has stepped in. Fundraising is its present primary aim. It initiated a new procedure. Affected groups will band together to raise money, rather than have individual efforts. These include band, color guard, drama, and choir. Sports, cheer, forensics (speech and debate) and clubs round out the list.

The Boosters have made one change. All groups will work cohesively rather than doing separate drives; this will improve the overall success. Students and sponsors support the new step.

Michael Ritchie, co-chair of the New Haven Boosters Association, is hopeful. "In addition to good schools, New Haven School District is recognized nationally for outstanding performing arts and athletics programs. The programs are now in danger of being cut due to the state budget crisis. Yet despite the loss of Measure B and the state problems, these programs can still be saved. If every New Haven family were to make a donation of $60 or participate in one of our other special fundraising programs, we can save the programs."

The Boosters, namely John Shockley, co-chair with Ritchey and the other four members, will have a busy few weeks. The task is large task but with the help of concerned and energetic parents and other New Haven residents, the goal is reachable before school is out.

The upcoming Race to Save Student Activities (AKA Fun Run and Walk) is the big push. Now scheduled for Saturday, June 11, it will be at Cesar Chavez Middle School in Union City. Registration begins at 8 a.m. the day of the event or online registration at www.Active.com and type in Race to Save Student Activities.

All citizens concerned with the loss of Measure B can help offset the deficit. Keep posted by checking these pertinent websites: www.nhsfoundation.org and www.newhavenboosters.org

Fun Run/Walk: Race to Save Student Activities
June 11
8 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. - 5K & 10 K events begin
10:30 a.m. - Kids races
Cesar Chavez Middle School and Alameda Creek Trail
2891 Hop Ranch Road, Union City
Registration: www.newhavenboosters.org or
www.Active.com (type in Race to Save Student Activities)

$20/Adults, $10/Elementary students and Family Relay Race, $15/Secondary school students.

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