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Board Briefs for Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Board Briefs for Tuesday, September 17, 2019

At Tuesday night’s Board meeting, New Haven Schools Foundation (NHSF) President John Shockley presented two grants to staff that will impact multiple sites across the district.  The NHSF provides program enrichment grants to district staff members as well as student scholarships. This year the Foundation will award $61,000 in grants. This is in addition to the record $155,000 in student scholarships given out last year.  

The first grant award on Tuesday, Steaming into the Future with Robotics, went to retired Kitayama Elementary science specialist, Legratta Banks, in the amount of $4,200.  This grant will be used to support after-school robotics programs at Kitayama, Pioneer, Emanuele, and Hillview Crest Elementary Schools. The second grant award went to the New Haven Nursing staff in the amount of $5,000 for a CPR training program.

The Board then passed a resolution in recognition of Latinx Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, 2019.  This resolution honors the Latinx community’s great historic, cultural, intellectual, economic, and social contributions to the New Haven Unified School District.  The resolution in its entirety can be found here.

The Board also held the fourth of five public hearings regarding the proposed map options for the by-Trustee area election system.  Presenting on this topic were Jonathan Salt of the law firm Fagen, Friedman and Fulfrost, and demographer Larry Ferchaw, from Cooperative Strategies.  Mr. Salt provided some background and the reasons why the District was transitioning from an “at-large” to a “by-Trustee area” election system. Mr. Ferchaw described the three proposed mapping scenarios and the process by which they were derived.  Mr. Salt and Mr. Ferchaw’s presentation can be found here.  The fifth and final public hearing will be held at the Board’s October 1 meeting.  At that meeting, the Board may vote to accept one of the three proposed maps.

On Tuesday, the Board also voted to reinstate the Theater Facilities Supervisor position at Logan High School’s Performing Arts Center.   Cutting the position for this year, a decision made as a cost-saving measure, was beginning to significantly limit both community and student access and use of the facility.  The new funding plan for this position will not have a significant impact on the District’s general fund as the intent is to have nearly three-quarters of the salary covered by rental revenues and deferred maintenance.

Annette Heldman introduced Committee Chair Michael Ritchie from Measure M Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. This report is the first annual report that includes accomplishments of the committee, and total expenditures of the bond, deferred maintenance, for construction and modernization projects for fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18. In his presentation, Mr. Ritchie highlighted the District’s solar projects as well as the 21st Century Classroom at Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School.  Mr. Ritchie and the Bond Oversight Committee’s annual report can be found here.

The recording of last night’s meeting 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:

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