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February 3, 2010 > New Haven Unified education briefs

New Haven Unified education briefs

Submitted By Rick La Plante

The Board of Education heard a report on the governor's budget proposal for 2010-11 and its effect on New Haven Unified. Interim Chief Business Officer Jim O'Connor told the Board that despite Gov. Schwarzenegger's assertion that education is not being cut, "that is not the case."

In fact, Mr. O'Connor told the Board, New Haven Unified will have to cut at least $3.2 million - and perhaps as much as $4 million to $5 million - under the governor's proposal. The proposal includes ongoing-targeted cuts, a negative cost-of-living adjustment, a statewide $1.2 billion cut to "school district administrative costs" and $300 million to follow from the reduced administrative costs.

Also, the Board:

Received an assessment of District facilities from the Maintenance & Operations Department and approved spending $3.1 million in Measure A bond funds to meet the needs identified in the assessment and $500,000 for a facilities master plan study. The Board also approved recapturing approximately $8 million budgeted but not yet expended for the Culinary Arts Academy at James Logan High School and other projects.

Heard a report from the Division of Teaching & Learning regarding the "Pilot School-Within-a-School" that it was hoped would open on the Logan campus in 2010. The design team has requested additional planning time and postponed the opening until 2011.

Approved adjusting the grade span for the New Haven Community School to include sixth grade.

Asked staff to prepare a change to Board policy to facilitate the addition of a second student representative to the Board, from Conley-Caraballo High School.

Agendas of regular Board of Education meetings and minutes of past meetings are available on the District website: www.nhusd.k12.ca.us.

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