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Board Briefs for Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Board Briefs for Tuesday, October 2, 2018


At Tuesday night's Board meeting, the Board heard a presentation from Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle and Logan alumnus Curtis Reiner who shared the County’s history of support for Health and Wellness initiatives in New Haven Unified as well as described the current support that the County has contributed towards student wellness across the district.


Mr. Reiner shared with the Board information regarding Mission Peak Wellness Program, a new program that will support individuals between the ages of 16-30 in the area who are coping with mental illness.  Mr. Reiner explained that this will be primarily a peer-support program that will also utilize professional therapists to support people struggling with mental wellness. He went on to explain that research suggests that peer-support models are very effective and people who have dealt with their own wellness are often uniquely equipped to provide support to individuals who are currently struggling.


The Board also heard a presentation from the district’s Division of Teaching and Learning, led by Chief Academic Officer, Lisa Metzinger, which provided the Board information related to student achievement through the 2017-18 school year.  That presentation can be found here.


Director of Technology, Chris Hobbs, shared with the Board information about District enrollment trends over the last two decades.  Mr. Hobbs explained that many Bay Area school districts are experiencing declining enrollment, New Haven Unified included. Mr. Hobbs reviewed data related to students who have moved into the district as well as students that have transferred out.  He shared that when students disenroll from New Haven, they most enroll in other school districts within the State. Similarly, New Haven enrolls hundreds of students each year who have come from schools across the State or within the County. Mr. Hobbs shared information that suggests that the decline in enrollment may be related to the cost of housing as he pointed out that, as the cost of a typical three-bedroom house goes up over time, our enrollment goes down.  Mr. Hobbs’ presentation can be found here.


At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Board also passed a resolution in honor of October being Filipino-American History Month and October 25, 2018, as Larry Itliong Day.


The agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting can be found here.  A recording of Tuesday night’s video 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 16, 2018

November 13, 2018

December 11, 2018

January 15, 2019

February 5, 2019

February 19, 2019

March 5, 2019

April 16, 2019

May 7, 2019

June 4, 2019

June 18, 2019