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July 2, 2013 > New Haven Board of Education meeting

New Haven Board of Education meeting

Submitted By New Haven Unified School District

On June 18, the Board of Education received the annual Student Achievement Report from the Division of Teaching and Learning. Among the highlights:

Passing rates for the February/March administration of the California High School Exit Exam increased for the third consecutive year. Enrollment in AP (Advanced Placement) classes, as measured by number of courses taken, increased for the fourth year in a row. The dropout rate decreased for the third consecutive year. One-third of students who scored below grade level in reading in the fall of 2012 exceeded their growth targets in the spring of 2013.

In both fifth and eighth grades, students in three traditionally under-performing sub-groups - Latino, African American and low socio-economic status - exceeded national growth norms in reading. English Learners, another traditionally under-performing sub-group, exceeded national growth norms in reading in Grade 5.

Also, the Board approved the 2013-14 budget and multi-year projections for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

With state legislature approval of Gov. Brown's proposed Local Control Funding Formula, revenue assumptions for 2013/14 are difficult to project. Chief Business Officer Akur Varadarajan told the Board that based on projected balances and assuming that budget reductions are implemented as needed, the District can maintain a positive certification for 2013-14. Mr. Varadarajan also said that if the District continues to make budget reprioritizations and reductions as needed, positive certification for the following two years also can be achieved.

Also during its meeting, the Board:

Approved selling the former Cabello Elementary School campus to Pulte Home Corporation, for $14.275 million.

Approved the appointment of veteran James Logan High School house principal Ramon Camacho as principal of Conley-Caraballo High School.

Approved purchasing Chrome Books for students and teachers and document cameras for classrooms, using a total of approximately $1.3 million in funds from the federal Race to the Top grant.

Recognized Coach Teri Johnson and the James Logan High School girls' softball team, which won the North Coast Section championship for the third time in the past four years. The Lady Colts finished the season with a 26-1 record and were ranked No. 1 in the nation by at least one ranking service.

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