GLENDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WRAP-UP

GOLF COURSE

The board continued its ongoing discussion on whether it is advisable for the school board to formally express its support for the preservation of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course.

The future of the Tujunga golf course has been debated by developers, residents and local and regional government agencies for several years.

The board was in consensus that it should endorse the notion of preserving the area as open and recreational space in the form of a letter to Los Angeles Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who supports the project.

WHAT IT MEANS

The board will likely vote on approving the letter of support at its next meeting.

NO VOTE

MATH TEXTBOOK ADOPTION

The school board adopted the third edition of “California Everyday Mathematics,” as a math textbook for the district’s elementary schools.

The school district has been using the “Everyday Mathematics” textbooks since 1997.

WHAT IT MEANS

Schools will begin using the new edition in the 2008-09 school year. Under state guidelines, the school district had to adopt a mathematics textbook either this year or next.

VOTE: 5-0

TOBACCO USE PREVENTION

The school board voted to accept a three-year, $357,000 grant from the state education department’s Safe and Healthy Kids program office to fund Tobacco Use Prevention Education programs.

WHAT IT MEANS

The grant will make it possible for the school district to continue tobacco use prevention program at the district’s five high schools through June 2011.

The district’s tobacco use prevention program for high school students tries to empower the general student population to not start using tobacco, and to curtail tobacco use by students who are already using.

The new grant funding will also facilitate the establishment of student anti-tobacco groups in the high schools to mentor middle school students on the benefits of not smoking.

VOTE: 5-0


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