BUDGET REVIEW COMMITTEE
This group serves as a review committee to the budget process and is composed of teachers, parents, community members, classified employees, and administrators. The purpose of the committee is to improve our budget process through involvement of members of our staff and community in reviewing information related to the District’s General Fund Budget. Also, to review recommendations on fiscal and program priorities that insure a balanced budget. Committee members will also become knowledgeable in matters of school finance by reviewing the fiscal limitations within which we must operate, our budget development process, our fiscal procedures, the annual independent audit report.
In order to support collaborative leadership, effective communication and shared decision making, monthly meetings will now be held with the Superintendent’s Council, NTA President, CSEA President and Chief Job Steward, and NEWMA President and the Vice President. We acknowledge the value of sharing information among the leadership of each group and modeling a culture of collaboration through our own leadership actions. It is the intention of the group to plan shared professional development and social activities and to work in concert to accomplish district goals.
District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)
Each district with 51 or more English learners, regardless of language, must form a functioning district English learner committee (DELAC) comprised mostly of parents or guardians of English learners along with school and district staff. Each school English learners advisory committee (ELAC) has the opportunity to elect at least one parent member to the DELAC.
The purpose of the DELAC is to advise the district governing board on programs and services for English learners. DELAC members are provided training and materials to assist them in carrying out their committee responsibilities.
Topics of discussion include: information, comments and issues from school-level ELAC meetings, development or revision of the District Master Plan for Services to English Learners, implementation of English learner programs, review of annual reports and compliance with state and federal requirements, and other topics as suggested by members.
diversity and equity committee
The work of the Equity and Diversity Committee is to develop an inclusive community in Newark Unified School District that respects and honors all the members of our community. Collaboratively with the City of Newark, organizations which represent those in our community and civic partnerships, the district has developed a Caring Community Creed, an adopted Diversity Curriculum matrix which has been implemented in the schools and formed partnerships to secure the safety and well being of all children in our schools. The committee also works to ensure that the district’s Human Relations and Respect Mission Statement are followed. Continuous dialogue and professional development activities sponsored by the committee focus on Cultural Proficiency, resiliency and the appreciation of the rich diversity in Newark.
GATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The GATE Advisory Council supports the work of school site and district GATE Plan components. The Council is comprised of teacher, parent and administrative representatives from each school site, allowing for a district-wide overview of student and program needs, alignment with district plan components and facilitated communication about activities and plans with all relevant stakeholders. Currently the GATE Advisory Council provides information to parents, engages staff in demonstrating differentiated instruction for GATE students and coordinates enrichment activities for GATE students. The Advisory Council identified the following goal in the district GATE plan for the next 5 years: “To provide high quality, differentiated opportunities for learning that successfully address gifted and talented students’ individual and unique abilities and talents while meeting and exceeding state and local content standards.” With this goal in mind, the Council collaborates to effectively allocate funds, determine district activities and support site activities that forward student achievement and learning.
FISCAL REVIEW TEAM
The Fiscal Review Team is comprised of both instructional and non-instructional district management team members. The participants are members of Superintendent’s Cabinet, K-12 Principals and additional Business Office Staff. The purpose of the Fiscal Review Team is to participate in the budget process by reviewing the allocation of the district’s financial resources and making recommendations for modifications of allocation to the Superintendent’s Council.
The Wellness Committee at Newark Unified School District was established in 2006. This was to address the 2004 WIC Reauthorization Act improving nutrition and physical activity in public schools. The members of the committee are school board members, principals, administrators, students, parents, and members of the community. Together the committee decides policy adhering to the WIC Reauthorization Act and recommends to school sites, parents, students, and the community best practices by eliminating non healthy food products in our schools and promoting physical activity.