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Board agenda includes academic schedule, smoking resolution

By Ben Lumpkin Daily Planet staff
Wednesday March 21, 2001

The school board is expected to approve the 2001-2002 academic schedule for kindergarten through 12th-grade at its regular board meeting tonight. 

It will also consider passing a resolution that would call on actors and filmmakers to support films that do not glamorize the use of tobacco products, but rather “accurately” portray the “cosmetic, social and physical consequences of tobacco use.” 

Although California’s teen smoking rates are the lowest in the country at 6.4 percent, smoking in feature films is on the rise, according to a report prepared by school district staff. 

In other business, the board will consider entering into an agreement with the Albany– Berkeley Girls Softball League to build a new softball field at Longfellow Arts & Technology Magnet Middle School, decide whether to approve, in concept, a plan for working with the city and UC Berkeley to construct affordable housing for district employees over the Ashby BART station’s parking lot, and hear a status report from the district’s Energy Conservation Committee.