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July 12, 2011 > Hayward Unified School District Board meeting report

Hayward Unified School District Board meeting report

Transition plan for Adult School discussed; budget does not include closing of Ringgold School

By Robin Michel

One of the key items under discussion on a very lengthy agenda at the June 22 Hayward Unified School District Board Meeting was the Adult School Transition Plan for 2011-2012. First speaker of the night during Public Comments was Tatiana Roganova, a Community Based English Tutoring (CBET) Coordinator. CBET is a program offered through the Hayward Adult School that helps parents of HUSD students master English, navigate the new school system and assist their children with homework. CBET classes are offered at a number of elementary schools and other sites. Roganova stated that data shows an increase in test scores for students whose parents are enrolled in the CBET program, including a 16 percent growth in one year. "Hayward Adult School has been hosting our program for many years," she added. "Please consider the benefits of the CBET program and other programs at Hayward Adult School."

All board members understand the value of Adult Education. During his Board Comments, Trustee William McGee spoke about how moved he was to attend the Hayward Adult School (HAS) graduation, saying that these are individuals "who took a second chance at education" and succeeded.

How does Hayward Unified preserve these critical services for adults who need "a second chance at education" in light of these challenging economic times? To answer that question, Assistant Superintendent Donna Becnel, Human Resources, and Hayward Adult Education Center Principal Ana Solomon provided an Adult School Transition Plan for the 2011-2012 school year. Their presentation provided an overview of services offered, largely funded through grants and contracts. In addition to CBET, these services include: English as a Second Language, High School Diploma, Vocational Training, Parenting Education and Adult Basic Education.

Program grants include training and support from St. Rose Hospital, Kaiser, Head Start and Workforce Investment Board cohorts. HAS also receives funding as part of the Chabot East Bay Career Technical Education Pathways and is a NUMMI Retraining Center.

A new program offered in 2011-2012 is an Integrated Certified Medical Assistant Program and the Certified Nursing Assistant Program returning this summer. Ms. Solomon pointed out that due to budget cuts in higher education, more students are unable to attend community colleges and turning to the Adult School for career training or to brush up on academic skills.

In order to continue serving community needs while streamlining expenditures and doing more with less, one goal is to create a Task Force to study the feasibility of a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) for a regional adult school model. This vision is to create a region-based, replicable model that would:
Offer centralized, unduplicated services
Maximize the impact of increasingly limited resources
Support a higher quality service delivery system for low skilled, low income adults in our communities and
Provide high interest, high demand training.

The next steps are for HUSD to build support from neighboring districts, determine participants and form the Task Force. The Task Force will gather stakeholder feedback, make recommendations and develop a Strategic Plan. The goal is to initiate a JPA model in September 2012.

Superintendent Janice Duran also presented the End of Year Report based on the Superintendent's Action Plan, as well as a draft report of proposed action steps for the 2011-2012 school year. In addition to the many intervention and enrichment programs for students, two highlights included improved attendance district-wide and moving from a negative certification on the budget to a qualified certification at the second interim budget. One of the highlights is how HUSD has moved out of negative budget status to a qualified status.

The Board also approved the 2011-12 Adopted Budget, which did not include an earlier staff recommendation to close Faith Ringgold School. Instead, staff was directed to return to the Board with recommendations regarding a possible school within a school.

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