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December 17, 2013 > New Haven Board of Education Briefs

New Haven Board of Education Briefs

Submitted By New Haven Unified School District

Jonas Dino, in his fourth term and the longest-serving member of the Board of Education, was elected by his colleagues on Dec. 10 to serve as Board President through December 2014. Michelle Matthews was elected Clerk.

Also, the Board approved the first interim budget report for 2013-14 as well as multi-year projections for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Interim Co-Superintendent and Chief Business Officer Akur Varadarajan told the Board that the 2013-14 California Budget Act provides public education with its most stable fiscal footing in more than a decade, including $1.2 billion in one-time funds to support the implementation of Common Core State Standards for instruction. New Haven will receive $2.5 million for Common Core implementation, to be used for instructional materials, technology and professional development.

In addition, Mr. Varadarajan reported, the passage of Proposition 30 affords temporary tax revenues that will provide additional funding to schools, primarily in the form of $2.1 billion statewide to implement the new funding structure known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

With more stable funding, the District can begin working to gradually reverse some of the budget cuts it has been forced to adopt over the past several years; cuts that resulted in a shorter school year, increased class sizes, fewer work days for employees and across-the-board salary reductions.

Also, the Board:

Accepted and approved the Facilities Master Plan, including site-by-site projects categorized as follows: health and safety, technology classroom enhancements, non-classroom enhancements, deferred maintenance and miscellaneous items.

Appointed representatives to the following committees and agencies: Regional Occupational Program Board (Jonas Dino, Sarabjit Cheema); Alameda County School Boards Association (Mr. Dino, Ms. Cheema-alternate); Special Education Local Plan Area Policy Board (Michael Ritchie, Michelle Matthews-alternate) California Interscholastic Federation (Ms. Matthews, Ms. Cheema-alternate); Board of Education/City Council Sub-Committee (Mr. Dino, Ms. Matthews); Union City Youth Violence Prevention Advisory Committee (Ms. Matthews, Linda Canlas).

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