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August 28, 2012 > New Haven Unified Board of Education update

New Haven Unified Board of Education update

Submitted By Rick La Plante

The Board of Education recently approved Decoto School for Independent Study as the name for the District's new school for independent study students, which will open this fall on the campus of the New Haven Adult School.

Two names - Decoto School for Independent Study and Itliong-Veracruz School for Independent Study - were forwarded to the Board by the Facility Names Committee, a group a five community members appointed by the Board to consider suggestions and make recommendations. The committee, which met in June, considered 10 names suggested by the community and was charged with recommending no more than three possibilities to the Board.

The name Decoto was suggested in part because the District closed Decoto Elementary School, located on the same site, when nearby Emanuele Elementary opened in 1998. The school dates back to the 1870s, and the current auditorium has been in use since 1925, although most of the rest of the campus was built in the 1950's.

The name Itliong-Veracruz was submitted in honor of Filipino-American labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Veracruz, contemporaries of Cesar Chavez and fellow organizers of the 1965 Delano grape strike that led to the organization of the United Farm Workers movement. Board members asked that time be set aside at a future meeting to consider naming another District facility in honor of the Filipino community.

Also, the Board:

Heard a presentation from KNN Public Finance, the District's financial advisor. With KNN's help, the District in June moved to refund some of its outstanding general obligation bonds, taking advantage of historically low interest rates in the municipal bond market. Although the savings will not help mitigate the District's current budget issues, it does help taxpayers by generating more than $4.1 million in present value savings. Four refunding issuances since 2000 have reduced future debt service obligations by more than $25 million.

Observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the recent mass shootings at a theater in Colorado and the Sikh gurdwara in Wisconsin.

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