The Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the elimination of five District-level management positions as part of the District’s efforts to deal with Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposal for a massive cut to the state’s K-12 education budget.
The Board also approved a recommendation that 24 other management employees, at both site and District levels, be notified that their assignments may be changed for 2008-09. Also, as part of the process of closing Barnard-White Middle School, the Board approved a reduction in the classified workforce, including seven full-time and 25 part-time positions.
The Board also received a budget update. Chief Business Officer Carol Gregorich said that even though a cut to the revenue limit for the current year no longer is being considered - a move that would have forced the District to make $377,542 in reductions by June - the Governor’s plan still could cost the District more than $7 million in 2008-09. She also reminded the Board that declining enrollment continues to be an issue in the District, and the corresponding decline in state funding must be taken into account not only for the 2008-09 budget but also in multi-year forecasts.
Also on Tuesday night, the Board:
● Heard from Principal Karen Saucedo and teachers Patsy Lockhart and Kristina Milam about how working in a Professional Learning Community through the Cycle of Inquiry process has helped improve writing instruction and student results at Barnard-White Middle School.
● Approved the recommendation of the K-5 Science Adoption Committee - represented by Executive Director of Elementary Education Glynn Thompson, teachers Linda Chew of Eastin Elementary and Vince Rosato of Searles Elementary and Technology Integration Specialist Stephen Politzer - to use California Science (Macmillan/McGraw Hill) instructional materials starting in 2008-09.
● Ratified contracts for the construction of the Performing Arts Center at James Logan High School and for the installation of solar-energy systems at Logan and at Kitayama Elementary School.
● Approved the appointment of members Kevin Harper and Gertrude Gregorio to a work team called by the Union City Human Relations Commission to develop initial funding recommendations for Measure K, a proposal to extend the city’s parcel tax that will appear on the June ballot. The appointments are effective until the June 3 election.
● Recognized teacher Sarah Du and members of the C4 (Chinese Connections to Community and Culture) Club at James Logan High, participants last month in a domino chain that linked in the United States and China. The Board also recognized event organizer Benjamin Yee.
Agendas of regular Board of Education meetings and minutes of past meetings are available on the District website: www.nhusd.k12.ca.us