The presentation included video showing differentiated instruction for first-graders at Emanuele Elementary School, part of Writing Workshop, our “Ivy League partnership” with Columbia. Dr. Linda Carstens of Stanford, who is helping in the development of the EL master plan, lauded the District for its “proactive approach to EL instruction.” A “spotlight on best practices” featured Hillview Crest EL development support teacher Valerie Rose-Piver.
Also on Tuesday night, the Board approved workforce reductions, including 13 classified FTE because of the closing of Cabello Elementary School, a testing paraprofessional because of a reduction in adult school grant funding, the Senior Project Manager (grant writer), and a .4 reduction for the coordinator of special education services. It is expected the District will be able to re-hire many of the affected classified employees, because of attrition.
The Board also:
● Approved notifying administrators of potential reassignments.
● Reviewed and discussed norms for effective governance developed by consensus at a study session facilitated by the California School Boards Association in March 2005.
● Approved the second-interim budget report and multi-year projections. Declining enrollment continues cost the District more than $1 million annually in lost revenue. The District has 189 fewer students this year than last year, and a decline of 201 students is projected for 2007-08.
● Recognized Barnard-White Middle School teacher Patsy Lockhart, winner of the California Teachers Association’s Lois Tinson Human Rights Award for her work to achieve equal opportunity for African Americans.
Agendas of all Board of Education meetings and minutes of past meetings are available on the District website: www.nhusd.k12.ca.us