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May 13, 2014 > New Haven School Board update

New Haven School Board update

Submitted By New Haven Unified School District

The Board of Education on May 6 approved a proposal to set a tax rate target and bond issuance maximum value for a possible bond election in November.

Facing more than $300 million in facility and technology needs and seeking to maintain its investment in 21st century learning, the District is considering asking voters to approve a measure that would raise approximately $100 million to $150 million through a property tax increase of $50 per $100,000 of assessed value. Under CaliforniaÕs Proposition 39 requirements for general obligation bonds, passage would require the approval of 55 percent of voters and a Citizens Oversight Committee would monitor and review all expenditures.

Also, the Board received a presentation on a proposal from the Union City Kids Zone and other partners to establish a building trades pre-apprenticeship program on the campus of the former Barnard-White Middle School. The program would provide training in life skills, applied mathematics, construction trade skills and job readiness for at-risk young adults 18-24. Partners include Union City Youth and Family Services, the Cypress Mandela Training Program, Inc., the Alameda County Building Trades Council and the Bay Area Pipe Trades Association. If approved by the Board at a future meeting, the program would be developed in two phases, starting in September.

The Board also received a presentation from Alameda CountyÕs Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program, which promotes walking and biking to school as a way to decrease traffic and pollution and increase health. The program is in place at more than 100 schools, including Alvarado, Eastin, Emanuele, Kitayama, Searles and Pioneer elementaries and Cesar Chavez Middle. SR2S. It promotes Bike to Work and School Day, and also sponsors International Walk and Roll to School Day each October and a Golden Sneaker Contest each March, as well as school assemblies, bicycle clinics and other activities.

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