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Board Briefs for Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Board Briefs for Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Before its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night, the Board hosted a reception honoring Co-Superintendent and Chief Business Officer Akur Varadarajan who recently announced his retirement.  Mr. Varadarajan first joined the district in April of 2010 as the Chief Business Officer.  In August of 2013, the Board made the decision to move to a Co-Superintendent model, elevating both Akur Varadarajan and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Smith, to the role.


Congratulations, Mr. Varadarajan!


The New Haven Unified School District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) describes goals and specific actions to achieve benchmarks for all students and each subgroup of students identified, including students with disabilities.  Essential to the development of the LCAP is a process that meaningfully engages parents, students, and other stakeholders including those representing identified subgroups in an advisory capacity.  A public meeting was held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, to give the community an opportunity to provide input into the LCAP.


Prior to that public hearing, a draft of the LCAP was reviewed by staff at the Alameda County Office of Education. Suggestions and revisions were made based on their feedback. Tonight, the final Local Control Accountability Plan for New Haven Unified School District is presented for Board Approval.


At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Board reviewed and approved the final Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for New Haven Unified School District.  


Akur Varadarajan, Co-Superintendent/CBO and Madeline Gabel, Director Fiscal Services, presented the 2017-18 Proposed Budget and Multi-Year Projections for 2018-19 and 2019-20.  The report reflected that the District is able to meet its financial obligations for the current and two subsequent fiscal years with a positive certification.  The positive certification is contingent on budget cuts included in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 budget years.  The Board approved Resolution #085-1617 that authorized staff to begin the process of identifying areas of re-prioritization/reductions of district-wide expenditures.


The documents related to the budget presentation can be found here.


The Board also approved the appointment of Lisa Metzinger as the District’s Chief Academic Officer, replacing Dr. Arlando Smith who will be taking over as Superintendent effective July 1.  Ms. Metzinger has served the New Haven community for three decades in roles spanning classroom teacher, Assistant Principal of Curriculum, and Beginning Teacher Specialist.  In February of 2013, Ms. Metzinger was chosen as the District’s Director of the Race to the Top Grant and was instrumental in the successful implementation of the four-year, $29 million dollar grant.  When the grant sunset this year, Ms. Metzinger took over responsibility for the District’s professional development and innovation.


The Board also approved the appointment of Annette Heldman as Chief Business Officer.  Ms. Heldman will be taking over for Akur Varadarajan who recently retired.  Ms. Heldman is returning to New Haven having served as the District’s Director of Fiscal Services from 2009 until the fall of 2014 before transitioning to the San Lorenzo Unified School District where she was the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services.