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March 26, 2013 > New Haven Board of Education report

New Haven Board of Education report

Submitted By New Haven Unified School District

On March 19, the Board of Education approved the second interim budget for 2013-13, as well as budget projections for 2013-14 and 2014-15 that maintain austerity measures implemented during the past few years.

Passage of Proposition 30 last November provided no new revenue, only kept the state from making further cuts. Federal funds from the $29.4 million Race to the Top grant must be spent only on programs outlined in the grant. Interim budget and projections approved at the Board meeting are consistent with the reductions the District hoped to avoid by placing Measure H on the ballot last June. However, voters rejected the Parcel Tax measure.

Under the 2013-14 and 2014-15 projections, the instructional year will remain at 175 days; students will continue to be in school five days fewer than they were as recently as two years ago and employees will continue to make sacrifices that include nine furlough days, a freeze on step and column wage increases, and an ongoing one percent cut in pay. State and federal funding continues to fall short of amounts needed to maintain the very programs that the state and feds require districts to provide.

The District also must plan for the possibility that the federal sequester could reduce funding by as much as $500,000. Also, the entire instructional budget may be required to fund implementation of Common Core Standards, creating additional fiscal impact of $350,000. Current budget and future projections are tentative; Gov. Brown's proposed Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), for example, could restore significant funding reductions made during the past seven years.

Also, the Board:
Discussed the renaming of Alvarado Middle School (AMS). Several community members spoke in favor of renaming the school in honor of Filipino-American labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Veracruz; a letter was read from the AMS School Site Council requesting that the Board suspend or postpone action, citing the cost and community attachment to the current name. Board President Linda Canlas told the audience that the Board already has made the decision to rename the school and that the only question is what the new name will be. A decision is expected at the Board's next meeting, scheduled April 16.

Recognized students from James Logan High School and Alvarado and Cesar Chavez middle schools who were selected to the California State Honor Band.

Recognized the Alvarado Middle School team that finished third in the recent Mathcounts competition.

Received a presentation from Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program Superintendent Pete Murchison regarding Career Technical Education services being provided for James Logan High School, Alvarado Middle School and Cesar Chavez Middle School students. Superintendent Murchison reported that law enforcement and auto technology are among the new courses to be offered at MVROP in 2013-14.

Approved the Board meeting schedule for 2013-14, including the following dates: Aug. 13, Sept. 10 and 17, Oct. 1 and 15, Nov., 19, Dec. 10, Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and 18, March 4 and 18, April 15, May 6 and 20, June 3 and 17.

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