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December 25, 2012 > New Haven Unified School District Board of Education update

New Haven Unified School District Board of Education update

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Also during the meeting, the Board thanked Superintendent Kari McVeigh and District staff for its successful pursuit of a federal Race to the Top-District (RTTT D) grant. Earlier that day, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced the District would receive a $29.3 million RTTT D grant, one of only 16 applicants granted funds from 372 that applied. (More information is available at:

The Board also approved the first interim report on the 2012 and 2013 budget and multi-year projections though 2014 and 2015. Noting that the District is continuing to suffer from the effects of five years of state budget cuts, Chief Business Officer Akur Varadarajan acknowledged the "tremendous sacrifices" made by District employees, all of whom are being paid for nine fewer workdays this year and are taking an additional one percent pay cut. Mr. Varadarajan emphasized that the RTTT D grant will have limited impact on mitigating the cuts, because DOE requirements stipulate how the funds can be spent.

Pending Gov. Brown's state budget forecast in January, the District's budget projections for 2013 and 2014 as well as 2014 and 2015 once again are based on employees agreeing to nine fewer workdays, meaning the school year will remain at 175 days, five years shorter than in 2010 and 2011. Mr. Varadarajan noted that the passage of Proposition 30 at least kept the District from having to cut more days from the school year and asking employees for even more sacrifices.

The Board also made appointments to the following standing committees and other agencies:
Regional Occupational Program Board: Mr. Dino (Sarabjit Cheema alternate).
Alameda County School Boards Association: Ms. Canlas (Ms. Cheema alternate).
Special Education Local Plan Area Policy Board: Mr. Ritchie (Mr. Dino alternate).
California Interscholastic Sports Federation: Ms. Matthews (Ms. Cheema alternate).
Board of Education/City Council Sub-Committee: Ms. Canlas and Mr. Ritchie.
Union City Youth Violence Prevention Advisory Committee: Ms. Matthews and Ms. Ritchie.

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