By Rick La Plante,
Director, Parent & Community Relations
The Board of Education on Tuesday night received the annual report on Measure A, a $120 million bond measure passed by New Haven voters in 2003.
Counting state matching funds, interest, deferred maintenance funds and local revenues, the District leveraged the bond for a total of $164.8 million. To date, $156.7 million has been committed, for projects at every school in the District as well as at the New Haven Adult School, the Educational Services Center, the Mary Cordoza (Food & Nutrition) Center and the Corporation Yard.
Major projects included the construction of Conley-Caraballo High School and the James Logan High School Center for the Performing Arts, the renovation of Cesar Chavez Middle School, new buildings at Alvarado Middle School, and the installation of solar energy systems at Logan and Kitayama Elementary.
A summary of allocations and matching funds is attached.
Also on Tuesday night, the Board:
• Acknowledged President Gwen Estes, the longest-serving member, on the occasion of her final meeting. Ms. Estes first won election to the Board in 1994 and was re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006.
• Acknowledged Clerk Gertrude Gregorio, also serving at her final meeting.
• Approved the first readings of policies requiring that members holding office as President or Clerk have completed or be actively enrolled in the Masters in Governance program offered by the California School Boards Association.
• Approved a contract with Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost to serve as the District’s primary law firm.