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March 12, 2013 > New Haven Unified School Board update

New Haven Unified School Board update

Submitted By New Haven Unified School District

The Board of Education held a public hearing on March 5 regarding the possible renaming of Alvarado Middle School.

Several community members spoke in favor of renaming the school in honor of Filipino-American labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Veracruz, contemporaries of Cesar Chavez and fellow organizers of the 1965 Delano grape strike that led to the organization of the United Farm Workers movement.

Other community members questioned the need to rename the school, the cost associated with a name change and the process.

The Board will consider the matter at its March 19 meeting.

Also, the Board authorized issuing precautionary layoff notices to the equivalent of 16.6 full-time teachers - all of whom work as support coaches at elementary, middle and high schools - and 3.4 full-time classified employees. It is anticipated that support coaches could be re-hired with funds from the District's federal Race to the Top grant.

The Board also:
Authorized the release of 39 temporary and probationary teachers, a standard procedure each year.

Approved a contract with AT&T for a wide-area network to provide Internet and other network services to all schools and other District sites.

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