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Board Briefs for Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Board Briefs for Tuesday, August 20, 2019

At Tuesday night’s meeting, in an effort to increase awareness and bring recognition to the District’s Muslim community and their many contributions to our students, staff, and community, the Board passed a resolution in support of August 2019 as Muslim Recognition and Awareness Month.  The resolution can be found here.

The Board also approved a partnership agreement with the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District which would allow New Haven students to be dual-enrolled in local community colleges.  The purpose of concurrent enrollment is to allow for high school students who may not already be college bound or who are underrepresented in higher education to develop a seamless pathway from high school to community college for career and technical education or preparation for transfer, improving high school graduation rates, and assisting high school pupils to achieve college and career readiness. It also allows the opportunity for those students who are seeking to advance studies while in high school and those who are seeking a career technical education credential or certificate the opportunity to do so while concurrently enrolled in high school. This new partnership is advantageous as it allows students to enter community college having already earned college credit.  Surrounding districts have entered into similar partnerships and it has proven to be beneficial when supporting students as they enter into their post graduation options.

The Board also received an update on Measure M projects from David Estrada, Director of Facilities and Construction.  Passed by New Haven voters in 2014, Measure M is intended to fund “critical school renovation and modernization projects, replace old portables with permanent classrooms, update school safety and security, improve student access to computers and technology, upgrade athletic facilities, increase the energy efficiency of classrooms and buildings, replace, acquire, construct and renovate District facilities and provide District-wide technology improvements.”  Mr. Estrada’s presentation can be found here.

The Board heard a presentation from Isom Advisors who conducted a survey to gauge community support for a bond measure that would fund facilities improvements as well as employee housing.  The firm found that about 65% of surveyed voters would approve such a bond measure after having key components explained. Isom Advisors recommended that, based on the positive results of the survey, the District should move forward with placing a bond measure on a future ballot.  The firm’s findings can be found here.

The complete agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting can be found here.  

The Board will hold their regularly scheduled meetings on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Please see the list of dates below:

September 3, 2019

September 17, 2019

October 1, 2019

October 15, 2019

November 5, 2019

November 19, 2019

December 10, 2019

January 21, 2020

February 4, 2020

February 18, 2020

March 10, 2020

April 21, 2020

May 5, 2020

May 19, 2020

June 2, 2020

June 16, 2020