By Rick La Plante, New Haven Schools Public Information Officer
The Board of Education on Tuesday night heard a “State of the District” report from Superintendent Kari McVeigh. The Board requested the report as part of its adoption in May of the District’s Comprehensive Strategic Planning Framework.
Superintendent McVeigh reiterated the District Goal -- that all students will perform at grade level in all core subjects -- and reviewed the Seven Essentials, conditions for continuous improvement as outlined in the Comprehensive Strategic Planning Framework. The Framework, which builds on the New Haven Strategic Plan, has been and is being used by all sites, administration and members of the original Strategic Planning Team and the Update Team to review student performance data, identify strengths, and determine where the data needs to improve.
After data strengths and next steps from the sites have been collected, reviewed and analyzed, the parameters outlined in the Strategic Plan will be used to determine which identified actions have the greatest opportunities for success. From that will come the creation of strategies and action plans that will include activities, indicators of success, timelines for results and communication of results.
Also on Tuesday night, the Board:
• Discussed making a new attempt to create a Community Day School to serve general education and special education students who have been expelled.
• Approved changes to the modernization project at Cesar Chavez Middle School, including the addition of two science classrooms and a home economics classroom and the conversion of a classroom into a counseling center and conference area.
• Recognized and thanked Logan senior Cody Harper for his service as Student Representative to the Board. Superintendent Kari McVeigh also congratulated Cody on being named Most Likely to Succeed, and Cody introduced incoming student representative Leslie Anne Salvador.
• Conducted a public hearing on and approved a five-year deferred maintenance plan.
• Appointed Gertrude Gregorio as the Board’s second alternate representative to the board of the Mission Valley Regional Occupational Center.
• Approved the appointment of Amy McNamara-Furtado as principal of James Logan High School (see separate news release).
• Recognized Vera-Lisa Roberts of Kitayama Elementary School as the District’s Teacher of the Year and Ray Yardley, a mechanic at the Corporation Yard, as Classified Employee of the Year, along with Teachers of the Year and Classified Employees of the Year from each site (see separate news release).
Agendas of regular Board of Education meetings and minutes of past meetings are available on the District website.