The Board of Education on Tuesday night received the annual Superintendent’s report on Measure A and the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee’s annual report on the $120 million bond, approved by New Haven voters in 2003.
Using state matching funds and local revenues and transfers, the District has increased the impact of the bond to $169 million and financed the construction of Conley-Caraballo High School, modernization projects at Cesar Chavez Middle School and Alvarado Middle School, the construction of new classrooms, a childcare center and the Performing Arts Center at James Logan High School, and several other projects. Future projects include the Culinary Arts Institute at Logan.
In addition, elementary schools have received $450,000 each for site-specific projects. Middle schools have received $650,000 each, Logan has received $1.9 million and Conley-Caraballo has received $200,000.
The Bond Oversight Committee concluded that the District is meeting the requirements of the bond ballot language, using available funds to maximize matching grants and that the facilities that were and are being constructed meet the needs of the District.
Also on Tuesday night, the Board:
• Approved a funding agreement with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District that will allow for the purchase of two low-emission school buses to replace two 1986 diesel-burning buses, at no cost to the District. The new buses are valued at $290,286.
• Recognized and heard a presentation from Alvarado Elementary School teacher Kim Pratt, who helped represent United States educators at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Austria in March. The conference brings together scientists and educators from around the world to collaborate on best practices and ideas for science education.