Monday, July 21, 2014

NEWS RELEASE -- San Diego Unified Joins Nationwide Effort to Improve Achievement of Young Men of Color (Resend)

NEWS RELEASE from San Diego Unified School District, July 21, 2014 (Resent with action items bulleted to provide clarity)

SAN DIEGO UNIFIED JOINS NATIONWIDE EFFORT TO IMPROVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUNG MEN OF COLOR

Supt. Cindy Marten stands with President Obama, 60 large urban school districts in support of White House initiative

SAN DIEGO - Sixty big-city public school districts from across the country, including San Diego Unified School District, released a pledge to improve the academic and social outcomes of boys and young men of color at a White House event with President Obama today. Superintendent Cindy Marten was among the attendees at this historic event.

In a call to action by the Council of the Great City Schools, each of the urban school districts support boosting efforts to prepare males of color for college and careers.  This pledge will include a number of actions, including a focus to reduce the disproportionate number who drop out of school or who are suspended, and to help them succeed.

"The pledge we are making with President Obama is a promise to our boys and young men of color that we firmly support equity and the opportunity for our students to fully realize their potential," said Superintendent Cindy Marten. "It represents an unprecedented platform that sends a strong signal to the nation. As leaders of the largest public urban school districts, we stand with the White House to commit our resources, efforts, hearts and minds to act with courage and conviction to positively impact the life outcomes of our young men."

Nearly 32 percent of the nation's school-age African-American males and 39 percent of the country's school-age Hispanic males are enrolled in big-city public schools. San Diego Unified has approximately 46.5 percent Hispanic students and 10.5 percent African-American students enrolled in its schools. The 2013 graduation rate for San Diego Unified white students was 94.1 percent, the graduation rate for Asian students was 92.9 percent; compared to a graduation rate of 82.8 percent for African- American students and 81.6 percent for Hispanic students.

The San Diego Unified Board of Education adopted a resolution on June 10, 2014, in support of the pledge by urban school districts to address the achievement gap, particularly regarding males of color. 

"The achievement gap is an urgent matter that we must address as a school district," said Board of Education Vice President Marne Foster. "We have established multiple strategies and are closely monitoring students who are on track for graduation in order to have a laser-like focus on supporting our students."

San Diego Unified approved the Local Control and Accountability Plan that specifically outlines the goal of "Closing the Achievement Gap with High Expectations for All" as the first goal. This plan outlines specific actions and metrics that San Diego Unified will implement to measure ongoing progress in closing of the achievement gap, among other goals.

In "A Pledge by America's Great City Schools," each of the 60 urban school systems committed to carrying out specific actions. San Diego Unified has implemented or will be implementing the following actions:

- Board of Education adoption of the pledge in collaboration with Council of Great City Schools on June 10, 2014.
- A Harvard Study was conducted in 2013-14 to examine problems of practice in the school district that included: 1) Evaluating discipline policies and practices; 2) Enhancing early childhood readiness; 3) Closing the achievement gap and increasing graduation rate; 4) Improving teacher and school leader recruitment, retention, and evaluation; 5) Long-term English learners.
- Provide access to classes required for admission to the University of California and the California State University System (A-G courses) are a part of the graduation requirements for the class of 2016.  San Diego Unified will closely monitor the ongoing progress by males of color towards completing these requirements.
- Establishment of the Lincoln High School Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Middle College in collaboration with the San Diego Community College District.
- Collaboration with the Association of African American Educators for implementation of the Blueprint to Accelerate the Achievement of African American and African Students.
- Collaboration with the Latino Advisory Committee to develop and implement Cultural Proficiency Standards.
- Establishment of the San Diego UNIFIED Through Diversity Committee to develop recommendations to the Superintendent and Board of Education.
- Organization of the Teacher Pipeline Task Force to explore and address issues of diversity in the teaching corps. This work is being carried out in partnership with local universities, employee organizations, and community based organizations.
- Development of the Local Control Accountability Plan that includes metrics and measurements to monitor the access and completion of rigorous coursework such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and College and Career Technical Education classes.
- San Diego Unified is currently implementing the Uniform Discipline Policy, which offers direction to principals to reduce the disproportionate number of suspensions of young men of color by utilizing Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports and Restorative Practices.

Contact: Moises Aguirre, District Relations Executive Director, San Diego Unified School District, 619-302-1292 (cell); 619-725-7505 (office).
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Post Revised Notice of Special Meeting and Agendas, July 22, 2014

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Special Meeting Agenda—Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 400 p.m., Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Situation Room
BoardDocs Agenda Link: http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/sandi/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=9KQSDP5BC82A .

·         Revised Notice of Special Closed Meeting and Agenda—Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at conclusion of open, public session, Room 2249
Open & Closed Session Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248

Please forward to staff and as appropriate, print notice(s) and/or agenda(s) and post in a prominent, accessible location at your site.

 

In addition, refer to the below links for upcoming meetings, agendas, and minutes of the board advisory committees:

·         ACUESP: http://www.sandi.net/Page/63841

·         Audit and Finance: http://www.sandi.net/Page/53188

·         CAC:  http://www.sandi.net/Page/53171  and http://www.sandi.net/Page/53172

·         CSFC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/53143   

·         CTEAC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/53170  

·         DAC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/53173 and http://www.sandi.net/Page/53174

·         DELAC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/53386  

·         ICOC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/3226

Thank you.

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ --Nelson Mandela

Media Advisory: U.S. Department of Defense Approves $34 Million Grant to Modernize Two San Diego Unified Schools

NEWS RELEASE -- July 18, 2014
Contact: Linda Zintz, 619-725-5568 (today); Cynthia Reed-Porter, 619-546-3378 (after today)

U.S. Department of Defense Approves $34 Million Grant to Modernize Two San Diego Unified Schools

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) approved a grant for more than $34 million to provide needed facility improvements at Hancock and Miller elementary schools in the Tierrasanta community. This DOD grant will be combined with approximately $8.6 million in existing Proposition Z bond funds for a total construction budget of nearly $43 million to perform repair, renovation and replacement work at the two schools.

This federal funding allows the district to replace more than 20 aging, portable classrooms with state-of-the-art permanent classrooms to achieve a more functional learning environment at Hancock and Miller. This will have a significant, positive impact, and supports the initiative to provide quality neighborhood schools.

"San Diego Unified's Vision 2020 calls for quality schools in every neighborhood," said Superintendent Cindy Marten. "This generous grant from the Department of Defense will help ensure that the students at Miller and Hancock elementary schools receive a world-class education in a state-of-the art learning environment."

"This is another example of how kids benefit when we collaborate with our community partners," added Kevin Beiser, president of the Board of Education. "We are pleased to work with the DOD and are grateful to receive this grant. We have a proud military tradition in San Diego, and we are glad to have the opportunity to give back to our service men and women by providing their children with the best possible learning environments."

Construction at Hancock and Miller is scheduled to start in spring 2016 and is estimated to be complete in late 2018. The schools will remain open while construction is underway. Construction phasing and other strategies will be employed to minimize disruptions to the teaching and learning environment.

Planned site improvements in the whole site modernizations will include:
* Renovation of existing open classrooms
* Replace aging portables with single-story permanent classrooms
* Replace and enhance campus security, as well as fire and emergency safety systems
* Renovate and enhance existing heating ventilation and air conditioning systems
* Replace aging electrical systems and upgrade technology network infrastructure to support the i21 Interactive 21st Century Classroom Technology Initiative
* Repair and replace sidewalks including accessible ramps and stairs
* Renovate and upgrade food services areas

On April 5, 2011, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act was signed into law, authorizing the DOD to provide up to $250 million to construct, renovate, repair and expand elementary and secondary public schools located on military installations in order to address capacity or facility condition deficiencies.

Related links:
DOD News Release: http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=16831
Hancock ES project info (scroll down to "Project Schedules"): https://fpcprojects.sandi.net/Pages/Reports.aspx?SchoolName=9136
Miller ES project info (scroll down to "Project Schedules"): https://fpcprojects.sandi.net/Pages/Reports.aspx?SchoolName=9206

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Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor l Communications Office l San Diego Unified School District
Mobile phone: 619-546-3378 l E-mail: creed-porter@sandi.net

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Post 2014-15 Meeting Schedules for ACUESP

PLEASE NOTE:

 

·         Advisory Committee for the Utilization of Excess School Property (ACUESP)
Committee Meeting Information:
http://www.sandi.net/Page/63841

 

Please forward to staff and as appropriate print and post notices in a prominent, accessible location at your site.

 

Thank you.

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ --Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Media Advisory: San Diego Unified’s Language Academy Celebrates Completion of New Classroom Buildings and Campus-wide Air Conditioning

MEDIA ADVISORY -- July 15, 2014
Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter, 619-546-3378

San Diego Unified's Language Academy Celebrates Completion of New Classroom Buildings and Campus-wide Air Conditioning

WHAT:  San Diego Unified School District's Language Academy will officially dedicate its newly revitalized campus tomorrow, complete with new, green classroom buildings, a new student drop-off/pick-up area and campus-wide air conditioning. More than 700 students will join parents, community members and district leaders for this celebratory event at the College Area school.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 16, 9:30-10 a.m.

WHERE: Language Academy, 4961 64th St. San Diego 92115 -- Media parking will be available on site. Enter gate off of Montezuma Road. (See attached map.)

VISUALS: Students lead the Pledge of Allegiance in English, Spanish and French. (Language Academy offers bilingual immersion courses in English, Spanish and French.) Student sings the National Anthem. Students join special guests and cut ceremonial red ribbon. Immediately following the dedication ceremony, guests will be able to tour two of the new classrooms and see the other improvements such as the new play structures and student drop-off/pick-up area.

GUEST SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS: Students, Principal Cynthia Arce, Board of Education President Kevin Beiser, PTSA President Gabriela Contreras-Misirlioglu, Executive Director Lee Dulgeroff (Facilities Planning & Construction/Props. S & Z)

PROJECT INFO: Combined, these two major projects represent a nearly $12 million investment into Language Academy and the College Area community. The funding for the projects came from San Diego Unified's Propositions S & Z, as well as matching funds from the state's Proposition 1D (for the new classroom building). Propositions S & Z are general obligation bond measures passed by voters in 2008 and 2012 respectively.

The new two-story classroom building project included:
• 16 new, permanent classrooms to replace 16 portable classroom
• A new 24,761-square-feet building with sustainable design features and 14 classrooms
• A two-story, 4,112-square-foot addition to existing 700 building
• New science and music classrooms
• Student drop-off/pick up area
• Additional parking

The school-wide air conditioning project was part of Board of Education's 2013 decision to provide classroom air conditioning to the district's 2,000 hottest classrooms. Language Academy received 11 energy-efficient rooftop units, duct work, programed thermostatic controls compliant with district energy management standards and additional electrical panels. (The new classrooms were constructed with air conditioning.)

For more details on the improvements at Language Academy, please visit the following website https://fpcprojects.sandi.net/Pages/Reports.aspx?SchoolName=9170 (scroll down to "Project Schedules").
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Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor l Communications Office l San Diego Unified School District
Mobile phone: 619-546-3378 l E-mail: creed-porter@sandi.net

Post Revised 2014 Meeting Notice: Charter School Facility Committee

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Second Revision to Notice of Meetings: Charter School Facility Committee (CSFC
Committee Meeting Information:  http://www.sandi.net/Page/58524

 

Please forward to staff and as appropriate print and post notice(s) and/or agenda(s) in a prominent, accessible location at your site.

 

Thank you.

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ --Nelson Mandela

Friday, July 11, 2014

Post Special Meeting Agenda, July 15, 2014

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Special Meeting Agenda—Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m., Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Situation Room
BoardDocs Agenda Link: http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/sandi/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=9KQSDP5BC82A .

Please forward to staff and as appropriate, print notice(s) and/or agenda(s) and post in a prominent, accessible location at your site.

 

In addition, refer to the below links for upcoming meetings, agendas, and minutes of the board advisory committees:

·         ACUESP: http://www.sandi.net/Page/53145  

·         Audit and Finance: http://www.sandi.net/Page/53188

·         CAC:  http://www.sandi.net/Page/53171  and http://www.sandi.net/Page/53172

·         CSFC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/53143   

·         CTEAC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/53170  

·         DAC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/53173 and http://www.sandi.net/Page/53174

·         DELAC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/53386  

·         ICOC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/3226

Thank you.

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ --Nelson Mandela