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Board Briefs for Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Board Briefs for Tuesday, November 13, 2018

At the last meeting on Tuesday, November 13, the Board heard a presentation from Tim Holmes from Kenwood Energy in regards to RFP #800 addressing the upgrades to the District-wide HVAC systems.  The District is preparing to embark on updating outdated HVAC systems for an energy savings initiative and much needed deferred maintenance.  This project will be funded by Measure M. Mr. Holmes is from the same firm who assisted the District with the solar project.

At the same meeting, Chief Academic Officer, Lisa Metzinger, recognized the District’s elementary science specialists who have been collaborating on shifting their instruction to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The specialists, listed below, with the support of Vicki Baker, Science Teacher at Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School and former district Program Specialist, worked to incorporate such curriculum as robotics and coding.

Alvarado Elementary School - Sheryl Bartlett
Eastin Elementary School - Lisa Duncanson
Emanuele Elementary School - Anjelica Canales
Hillview Crest Elementary School - Kerri McGoldrick
Kitayama Elementary School - Legratta Banks
Pioneer Elementary School - Rodana Breen
Searles Elementary School - Carole Segall

A video celebrating this work can be found here.

The Board also heard a presentation from Director of K-12 Instruction, Tracie Noriega, and Logan High School Ethnic Studies teachers Tina Bobadilla-Mastell and Ivan Santos.  The three shared that 2018 was the 50th Anniversary of the student led strike at San Francisco State University, which ultimately led to the second milestone, the 15th anniversary of James Logan High School's Ethnic Studies department.

Inspired by the work at San Francisco State University and the needs of our students, Ethnic Studies classes were established at James Logan High School as early as the 1970's with Chicano Studies and Black History, taught by Danny Villa and Dorothy Allen.  Asian American Studies came on in the early 90's, followed by Filipino Heritage Studies soon after. Taking an Ethnic Studies class towards graduation requirements in NHUSD also preceded Assembly Bill 2772 by at least 20-years. In 2003, Ethnic Studies, formerly housed with Social Sciences, became it's very own department.

The philosophy of the Ethnic Studies department is that students will be empowered as they understand and respect diverse peoples in the United States that have been discriminated against, unjustly treated, disenfranchised, and deceived, institutionally and legislatively, because of their race, ethnicity, or gender, and as a result, have been neglected, minimized, and excluded from the grand narratives and histories of mainstream American society.  Students will thereby become culturally and socially conscious individuals who contribute to the community.

The Board recognized the 50th Anniversary of the SFSU Student Strike, and the 15th Anniversary of the James Logan Ethnic Studies Department and its current and former teachers: Dorothy Allen, Mani Allen, Ramon Camacho, Tina Bobadilla-Mastel, David Ellison, Gabriela Esquivez, Jesse Garrett, Tommie Lindsey, Lourdes Madrigal, Roxana Mohammed, Kenneth Pando, Oscar Penaranda, Linda Rodriguez, Megan Safford, Carlos Sutton, Joe Rey Valle, Danny Villa, Erica Viray Santos, Ivan Viray Santos.  The evening’s presentation can be found here.

Following a Board Study Session on October 23rd, in which representatives from Isom Advisors and 3DStrategies profiled different funding scenarios for employee housing, the Board directed staff and authorized Isom Advisors to conduct a survey and explore the feasibility of a local school improvement measure to determine community support for a bond measure for employee housing and other capital facilities needs.

General Obligation Bonds were discussed to be the most attractive, as they will allow the District to fund the employee housing project without negatively impacting the general fund, and will also provide the greatest benefit by allowing the District to capture positive net revenues over time from the employee housing.

This step in the process will cost approximately $7,500 for the survey and other related work. If the measure moves forward and passes, financial services and advisory fees would be incurred, at an estimated amount of $75,000 and would be paid from bond proceeds.

The Board also passed a resolution in recognition of the significant contributions of the Sikh community to the families and employees of New Haven Unified.  The resolution also acknowledged November as Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month.

The agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting can be found here.  A recording of 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:

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