By Rick La Plante, New Haven Director of Parent and Community Relations
UNION CITY (Monday, May 2, 2011) – The regular meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday will begin at 6:30 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, the New Haven Unified School District has announced.
Normally, the Board meets in closed session at 6:30 and the regular meeting begins at 7:30; however, there are no closed-session items on this agenda.
Tuesday is Election Day, and the time change means that the school board meeting may be completed before the Alameda County Registrar of Voters announces – sometime after the 8 p.m. ballot deadline – preliminary results of Measure B, an emergency funding measure to help the District offset some of the cuts it is being forced to make because of the ongoing state budget crisis. The “Taking Care of Our Kids” parcel tax would raise approximately $3 million to minimize class size increases and reductions to the school year and to fund after-school activities.
Measure B is a vote-by-mail election – ballots were mailed early in April to all registered voters in the District – and there will be no polling places on Election Day. It is too late to mail ballots in time for them to be counted, but voters can drop off ballots until 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at either Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 703 C St., or Alameda County Fire Station No. 32, 31600 Alvarado Blvd.
Ballots also can be dropped off until 6 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 34009 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City.
Ballots also can be delivered today and Tuesday to the Main Post Office, 33170 Alvarado-Niles Rd., but those ballots should be handed to a clerk, not dropped in an outside box or inside mail slot.