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June 1, 2010 > Hayward City Council

Hayward City Council

City of Hayward
May 25, 2010

Working Session
Interim Finance Director Susan Stark presented the City of Hayward and Hayward Redevelopment Agency recommended Operating Budgets for Fiscal Year 2011 and Proposed Budgets for FY 2012

Public Works Director Bauman presented the Capital Improvement Program FY11 - FY20

Public Comment
Linda Bennett, Library Commission Chair, thanked Council for past and present support of Hayward Pu8blic Library. In April 2010, almost a third of the city's population visited the Library on April 2010. More than 102,000 items were circulated and almost 12,000 people used computers. Users must still queue even though additional computers have been purchased. The Summer Reading Program continues to flourish; in 2009, 3,900 people participated.

Library Commissioner Stephanie Ayala highlighted the efficacy of after-school programs funded by $263,318 of grant monies from the US Department of Education for the period FY 2009-12. In the first year, 312 non-duplicated students were served. Seventy percent are in Grades 2-6. For approximately 62.3 percent, English is not the lingua franca at home so the After-School Program is of immense help to them. Students are assessed in Mathematics and Language Arts on their third and thirteenth visits using an abbreviated form of the STAR Test. The efficacy of the Program means 23 of 24 students improved their math skills after 10 visits.

Library Commissioner Kelly Greenne explained how Literacy Plus teaches people to do more than just read. A former student was thrilled because he was able to drive, become a citizen and vote. Council was encouraged to fully fund the program because of all the benefits that literacy brings.

Judy Harrison, Library Commissioner, President of the Friends of the Library and volunteer acknowledged Council's continued support of the facility which has become a magnet for the community.

Mayor Michael Sweeney - Yes
Kevin Dowling - Yes
Barbara Halliday - Absent
Olden Henson - Yes
Anna Laveria May - Yes
Bill Quirk - Yes
Francisco Zermeno - Yes

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