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Board of Education Meetings

November 17, 2015

June 9, 2015

Old Business A. Plan for Growth

Bryan Richards, Chief Business Official presented updated information regarding the Plan for Growth and the current developments throughout Newark.  He reviewed the various possible solutions, many of which were not feasible.

Dr. Soleste Hilberg, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services presented statistics regarding the myth of high performing schools vs. low performing schools.

Member Rodriguez moved, Member Thomas seconded to suspend the merger of Bunker TK-2 and Bunker Intermediate and direct staff to set up community forums and provide the board and the community with data supporting this merger both academically and socially.   The motion failed. (Nancy Thomas and Ray J. Rodriguez voting AYE; Jan Crocker, Tom Huynh and Francisco Preciado voting NO) 

Member Preciado moved, Member Thomas seconded approval of New Business Item A. providing direction to staff to move forward with the district plans to create Bunker TK-2 and Bunker Intermediate with equitable spaces at both schools, with quality education at both schools to include various programs to ensure that students of all levels are successful. The motion passed, 4 AYES. (Jan Crocker, Tom Huynh, Francisco Preciado and Nancy Thomas voting AYE; Ray J. Rodriguez voting NO) 

27 speakers Pro and against

June 2, 2015

Plan for Growth

  • Consolidation of attendance areas for Bunker and Milani Elementary Schools
  • Reconfiguration of grade levels of Bunker and Milani Schools: Bunker from K-6 to TK-2; Milani from K-6 to 3-6
  • Direct staff to move forward with the reconfiguration of Bunker and Milani Elementary Schools and  report back on progress and plans in four months

President Crocker stated that following concerns from the community regarding specificity of the agenda item XXII. B. of the May 19, 2015 agenda, the Board has reagendized that item as IX. Old Business Item A. to Cure and Correct any concerns with the prior Board action on May 19, 2015 and provide the community an additional opportunity to comment on the item.

Member Rodriguez made a motion to supersede and clarify and suspend the move to split the schools to provide transparency and reach out to our community and engage the community, have community meetings and have better dialogue with a report back at October.

The motion failed.

Member Huynh moved, Member Crocker seconded approval of Old Business Agenda Item A. as presented.  The motion failed. (Jan Crocker and Tom Huynh voting AYE, Ray J. Rodriguez and  Francisco Preciado voting NO)  Member Thomas was absent.

Vice President Rodriguez stated the Board should reconvene next Tuesday when Ms. Thomas is here and reagendize this item.  He stated he had already spoken to her and she would be available.

Vice President Rodriguez moved, Member Preciado seconded approval of a special meeting for June 9, 2015 to introduce the Plan for Growth and allow the community to have input.  The motion passed, 4 AYES. (Jan Crocker, Ray J. Rodriguez, Tom Huynh, Francisco Preciado)  Member Thomas was absent.

25 speakers pro and against

 

May 19, 2015

A.Growth and Development

Superintendent Marken presented the Board with information about the building of housing developments in Newark.  Dr. Marken also introduced several potential solutions to Newark Unified’s enrollment levels.  This staff report was a follow-up to the work study session held on April 21, 2015.

Board comment and questions included:

  • Delighted to see all these options and opportunities
  • Unique situation that the Superintendent addressed

New Business Item:  B. Growth and Development

Member Huynh moved, Member Thomas seconded approval of New Business Item B. providing direction to staff to move forward with the district plans to create Bunker TK-2 and Bunker Intermediate with equitable spaces at both schools, with quality education at both schools to include various programs to ensure that students of all levels are successful.  The motion passed, 6 AYES, including the student member’s preferential vote.  (Jan Crocker, Ray J. Rodriguez, Tom Huynh, Nancy Thomas, Francisco Preciado, Bryanna McLoy)

Member Thomas moved, Member Huynh seconded an amendment to New Business Item B. directing staff to bring a report back to the Board in four months describing the Bunker/Milani plan.   The motion passed, 6 AYES, including the student member’s preferential vote.  (Jan Crocker, Ray J. Rodriguez, Tom Huynh, Nancy Thomas, Francisco Preciado, Bryanna McLoy)

Board comments included:

  • Give your students more credit, they are resilient
  • Parents need to be open minded and accommodate all students, Gate, IEP, EL students
  • Requested staff to look in an IB program and see if Bunker Intermediate is an appropriate location.
  • Both school sites have excellent teachers, wonderful things happen at each of our sites.
  • This is the first time in a long time that there will be building.
  • Successful students will be successful.
  • As we are dreaming big, we want to secure the success of all our students.
  • Suggested STEM or tech or IB be brought to both schools
  • Bunker teachers working side by side with Milani teachers.  Like the collaboration amongst teachers
  • Suggested for the Bunker parents that came forward to have something special their students can strive for.
  • Communicate more with parents the strength, the weaknesses and what are the threats.
  • Students respond to whatever environment they are in.
  • Continue working the EL program targeting English speakers to be academically prepared.
  • We have to start moving, we can’t wait.
  • Proceed with the Bunker Plan, dreaming of something big for upper level

 

Vice President Rodriguez, Member Thomas and President Crocker each stated the sixth grade should be held at Newark Junior High School creating a 6-7-8 model.

18 speakers pro and against