UPDATE: Newhall Board to discuss new instructional materials

The Newhall School District Office. Dan Watson/The Signal
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Editor’s note: A prior edition of this story noted that the Newhall School District will be submitting a letter to Chiquita Canyon Landfill regarding their expansion.  When in actuality, the district will be reviewing a similar letter sent to the landfill from the Castaic Union School District. 

Members of the Newhall School District Governing Board are expected to discuss the district’s new English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA/ELD) materials during their Tuesday meeting.

Board members are also expected to review a letter submitted to the Chiquita Canyon Landfill about their expansion from the Castaic Union School District.

In its letter, Castaic Union School District officials ask the landfill to consider the impacts of its expansion on both the children and residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.  It also notes that the district operates one preschool 0.8 miles from the proposed expansion and one elementary school 1.1 miles from the proposed expansion.

ELA/ELD materials

At the Newhall School District meeting, governing board members are expected to consider the cost of new ELA/ELD materials—Benchmark Advance—which are expected to be implemented districtwide during the next eight years.

These materials will include Benchmark Advance eight-year packages for each grade level, texts for each grade level and professional development instruction.

The cost per grade level, from transitional kindergarten to sixth grade, ranges in prices from $6,400 to $282,000.  In total, the new ELA/ELD instructional materials will cost $2,161,760, including tax.

According to the agenda item, the instructional materials will be paid in three installments: $1,080,880 in 2017, $540,440 in 2018 and $540,440 in 2019.

Agreement with the Hart District

The board is also planning on reviewing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the William S. Hart Union High School District for the district’s administrators to complete their induction program with the Commission on Credentialing.

According to the agenda item, five Newhall School District administrators are interested in joining the program because the classes are designed to meet the valley’s needs, classes are held locally and classes are provided at a more reasonable cost.

Measure E Citizens Oversight Committee

During the meeting, board members are also expected to announce three vacancies on the Measure E Citizens’ Oversight Committee, which oversees the district’s Proposition 39 spending.

According to the district, Susan Anderson, Jose Gonzalez and Debbie Wolpert have served the maximum three terms allowable and will no longer be eligible to serve as formal members of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee.

Additional Agenda Items:

  • Approve resolution for the issuance and sale of School Facilities Improvement General Obligation Bonds, from 2011 election in principal amount not to exceed $60 million
  • Approve change orders for the Newhall Elementary Auditorium Renovation and ratify contract changes exceeding 10 percent
  • Award bids for summer 2017 asphalt paving at Meadows, Peachland and McGrath, and summer exterior painting at Old Orchard and Peachland
  • Approve two resolutions declaring May 7 to May 13 as “Teacher Appreciation Week” and declaring May 21 to May 27 as “Week of the Classified School Employee”
  • Review board policy and administrative regulation revisions: Campus Security; Employee Security; and Volunteer Assistance
  • Discuss holding a special board meeting to obtain community input about a fence at Valencia Valley Elementary School
  • Approval Arts for All proposal for five-year plan to further art in the district
  • Hear a presentation about school security from a community member and a presentation from the Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center

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