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June 27, 2006 > School district staff honored

School district staff honored

by Rick La Plante

The New Haven Unified School District recognized Linda Chew of Cabello Elementary as District Teacher of the Year and Gina Pacaldo of Emanuele Elementary was named Classified Employee of the Year at the June 6 meeting of the Board of Education.

Also honored were Teachers and Classified Employees of the Year from each site.

Teachers of the Year are: Bernadette Muhlestein (Alvarado Elementary), Bee Medders (Eastin), Michele Torquemada (Emanuele), Judy Wood (Hillview Crest), Legratta Banks (Kitayama), Adrienne Alexander (Pioneer), Grace Taylor (Searles), Vicki Baker (Alvarado Middle), Patsy Lockhart (Barnard-White), Joyce Pfenning (Cesar Chavez), Cheryl Kuhlmann (Logan High), Sharyl Larson (Conley-Caraballo), and Donna Lindsay (Educational Services Center).

Classified Employees of the Year are: Nancy Mumm (Alvarado Elementary), Kjo Schanner (Cabello), Kelly Munoz (Eastin), Carolina Miller (Hillview Crest), Lucy Saavedra (Kitayama), Joann Brown (Pioneer), Jane Greaney (Searles), Debbie Knupfer (Alvarado Middle), Sue Hollman (Barnard-White), Richard Rodriguez (Cesar Chavez), Raquel Leon (Logan), James Williams (Conley-Caraballo), Javier Zavala (Adult School), Toni Teixeira (Educational Services Center), Gary Andrews (Corporation Yard), and Debra Lowther (Food Services).

The Board also recognized and thanked Student Member Candice Nguyen for
her year of service.

Also on at the meeting, the Board received a budget update, including details of the governor's May revise. The District will receive a 5.92 percent COLA (cost-of-living adjustment) for 2006-07, the largest COLA in 21 years. Per multi-year agreements with the New Haven Teachers Association, the California School Employees Association and the New Haven Administrators Association, the entire COLA will be passed along to employees in salary increase and benefits. The District expects to also receive more than $2 million in one-time money, much of which will be directed toward improving student achievement by funding the initial stages of the Strategic Plan. Declining enrollment, however, remains an ongoing budgeting concern, as fewer students translates into fewer dollars coming to the District on a year-to-year basis.

The Board also received an update on the Puente Project at Logan. The academic achievement and community-based leadership program, designed primarily for Latino students, includes 9th and 10th grade college prep English courses, intensive academic counseling and parent and community involvement.

Agendas of all Board of Education meetings and minutes of past meetings are available on the district website:

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