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February 15, 2011 > Hayward Unified School District Board meeting report

Hayward Unified School District Board meeting report

Lisa Davies, Bret Harte Middle Principal, recognized as Outstanding Educator of the Year

By Robin Michel

At the January 12 Hayward Unified School District Board of Education meeting, Principal Lisa Davies was recognized for her recent honor of being named Hayward's Educator of the Year by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Davies has served as principal of Bret Hart Middle School for the past six years, first joining HUSD one year earlier as assistant principal at the School. She is dedicated to providing an equitable learning environment for all students, with rigorous and relevant instruction that will equip them with the skills necessary to continue their academic pathway.

Ms. Davies began her teaching career in Daly City, where she taught for four years and served as a mentor teacher and administrative intern. She represented the American Federation of Teachers as a leader in education, working on the Commission on Teacher Credentialing Standards Committee and representing AFT on the California State PTA. She earned her administrative credential at San Francisco State University, and served as an assistant principal in the San Bruno School District before coming to Hayward. Ms. Davies was honored at a gala celebration held at California State University East Bay on January 22.

Superintendent Janis Duran provided the Board of Education with the Mid-Year Status Report of the Superintendent's Action Plan, which was approved by the Board at the September 8, 2010 Board meeting. The Superintendent's Action Plan provides the steps to implement and monitor the Board Goals, which were initially approved December 9, 2009, and revised on February 23, 2010. The five goals each contain a desired outcome, which include:

All schools and the district will increase their API to 800 or beyond and meet safe harbor for AP (Goal #1: Increase academic excellence...)

Increase staff development and retention of Staff (Goal #2: Foster District and school leadership);

Reduce number of incidents that lead to incident reports, suspensions & expulsions (Goal #3: ...create a safe and supportive learning environment);

Return budget to positive certification while implementing financial plans that promote social justice, equity and responsibility (Goal #4: Sustain efficient business service practices);

Increase parent participation/engagement through sustained website updates and other communications on a regular basis (Goal #5: Build positive community relations).

Superintendent Duran's report carried detailed information about action steps for each goal, including various professional development trainings held District-wide and at specific sites. Many of the programs and strategies were implemented through the School Improvement Grants at Longwood and Burbank Elementary Schools and Tennyson High School (Goal #1); and interventions offered to at risk-students, including credit recovery and CAHSEE preparation; anti-bullying programs, including sensitivity training for school resource officers and campus supervisors, a parent training on cyber-bullying; and a brief overview of the Comprehensive Emergency Plan and the District Safety Committee (Goal #3).

Although the report did not contain data, Superintendent Duran reassured the Board that data was being collected and would be reported out during her final year-end report.

Superintendent Irene Fujii, Eden Area Regional Occupation Program (ROP), also presented an update to the Board. Eden Area ROP, which is a joint venture of Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro and San Lorenzo School Districts, and is celebrating its 40th year. The program offers multiple career pathways for students, providing an exciting hands-on experiential curriculum in over 135 career-preparation courses. Many ROP courses have been articulated with Chabot College, and students can earn college credit. Dr. Fujii was accompanied by two young women who recently earned a gold medal in a recent Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) competition, and one spoke passionately about how before enrolling in the program, she had no interest in school. She credited ROP for changing her life and giving her a career pathway.

Trustee Luis Reynoso, who sits on the Board of Eden ROP, called the program "an undiscovered jewel." He asked the students if they felt prepared to enter college and the workplace, and they replied with great confidence. Mr. Reynoso then invited Eden Area ROP teacher John Taylor to join Dr. Fujii and the students and describe in more detail the competition, which has regional, state and national levels. Currently, Eden Area ROP has held the state championship for three years; and this year, they won third place - the bronze medal - at the national competition.

Dr. Fujii announced that everyone was invited to the 40th Anniversary Open House on Saturday, February 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Included will be a pancake breakfast to help raise funds for twelve programs going to the competitions. The event will also hold a College and Career Fair so that students and families can talk with and receive information from various representatives from Bay Area colleges. Eden Area ROP is located at 26316 Hesperian Blvd., in Hayward. For information call (510) 293-2900.

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