English-language learners and fluent-English proficient students have
decreased since last year, but the transition from ELL to FEP was
happening at a faster rate. Between March 1, 2003, and March 1, 2004,
the district had 8,890 ELL students, a drop of 1,807 students. The
number of ELL students still makes up 30.35% of the district's total
enrollment. The number of students whose primary language is English
has increased and 2,700 students were reclassified from ELL to FEP
since the last census. The district's reclassification rate is
30.37%, in contrast with the state rate, which is generally between
7% and 10%.
The item was for information only and did not require a vote.
TECHNOLOGY REPORT PRESENTED
A finalized audit report that Connecting Education, Leadership and
Technology conducted on Glendale Unified School District's
Information Technology Department was presented to board members.
WHAT IT MEANS
The audit was conducted to analyze the Information Technology
Department's functions. A team from the company conducted surveys of
several district employees, teacher groups and observed the usage of
administrative programs. Imelda Bickham, Glendale's Information
Services director, who offered her assistance to the district without
charge, and company Executive Partner John Kerr told board members
that much of the department's problems are in the variety of funding
for the district's computers. They said that while some believed the
department was overstaffed and overfunded, GUSD's department was
actually below average in those areas.
The item was for discussion only and did not require a vote.