School Board to Review Homeless Youth Program

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday February 20, 2007

The Berkeley school board will meet Wednesday to approve a resolution honoring Berkeley Vice Principal denise brown and declaring Feb. 15 as denise brown day. brown died Feb. 2 following complications from knee surgery.  

The board will also approve a resolution proclaiming the first week of March 2007 as Week of the School Administrator. 

The board will also approve the memoranda of understanding between the Berkeley Unified School District and organizations supporting the district’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program. 

This is the annual renewal of funds for the staff person who administers the program as well as the program itself. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires the school district to provide enrollment and access to public education to homeless children. 

This program helps homeless children take advantage of services such as registering, Medicaid, bus passes, backpacks and book supplies. 

The board will also approve the budget modifications to the Grant Award for Integrating Schools and Mental Health Systems. The existing pact BUSD has with the City of Berkeley and the Alameda County Department of Mental Health provides mental health services to all students. 

A report on the district’s mental health plan, which will provide an update on how the partnership is working, will be presented to the board.  

Board members will also receive the school accountability report cards for 2005-06 which will show the progress of each school at the state and federal level tests and outline the standards for those. The reports are based on a number of requirements from the No Child Left Behind Act, and the cost of producing them this year was $20,000. 

The board will receive the preliminary 2007-08 student enrollment projections from Francisco Martinez, BUSD manager of admissions and enrollment. This report, based on previous and current enrollment records, helps the school district to plan its budget for the next school year as well as in the assignment of teachers.