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November 22, 2011 > New Haven Schools Board meeting

New Haven Schools Board meeting

Submitted By Rick La Plante

The Board of Education, on November 15, approved a format for interviewing candidates for a provisional appointment to the Board, to fill the vacancy that will be created when Board member Kevin Harper's resignation becomes effective at the end of the calendar year. Mr. Harper announced his resignation last month because he and his wife are moving out of the District.

Following the application deadline this Thursday, applicants will be screened for eligibility, and then eligible applicants will be invited to interview in front of the full Board on November 29.

All five Board members will rate each interviewing candidate on answers to both the questions on the application and to questions posed by Board members during the interview. The Board will be given tabulated results and deliberate their choice, then formally vote on the appointment.

The successful candidate will be formally seated in January and will serve the remainder of Mr. Harper's term, until after the November 2012 election, when the seat will be one of three on the ballot.

Also, the Board:

Approved the first reading of a policy formally prohibiting the bullying and/or cyberbullying of any student or employee.

Endorsed a proposal to amend the state constitution to allow passage of local parcel tax measures with a 55 percent (rather than a two-thirds) majority.

Recognized several individuals, businesses and organizations that have assisted District students since the start of the school year, including the Union Landing Wal-mart for its "Stuff the Bus" campaign to collect school supplies; Office Max and Texas Roadhouse, who also sponsored school supply drives; American Licorice and the New Haven Teachers Association, who donated backpacks for every student at Emanuele, Searles and Hillview Crest elementary schools; and the Telugu Association of North America, which donated 400 backpacks to Cesar Chavez Middle School. The Board also recognized local real estate agents Sunil Sethi and Steven Fong, who for the sixth successive year solicited partners to purchase dictionaries for every third-grade student in the District. In addition, they donated thesauruses for the second year in a row and are sponsoring an essay contest.

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