By Fernando Alcantara/Garden Grove Journal
The Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education approved a financial contribution of $70,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Garden Grove on Tuesday night.
The contribution, which will come from Medi-Cal funds, will help to continue the services provided to students and families in the Truancy Reduction Center and the Family and Youth Outreach Program.
“I’m glad to see the Truancy Reduction Center not on the chopping block,” board member Linda Reed said. “It provides a very valuable service and has been with us a very long time.”
During the 2010-2011 school year, 949 students and their families were referred for services.
The Board also approved the use of supplemental educational services by the No Child Left Behind Act. The tutoring services are provided to low-income families who are attending Title I schools that are in their second year or more of the program.
Judy Hong, a senior this fall at Rancho Alamitos High school, was also introduced as the next student representative to the board, Tuesday night.
“Judy is a well-rounded student with strong leadership skills and a fine academic record,” GGUSD public information officer Alan Trudell, said of Hong.
Hong was recently elected Rancho’s 2011-2012 senior class president, is a member of the California Scholarship Federation and works with the school’s health and safety committee.
Hong’s post-high school plans include attending UCSD to study communications for a career in public relations.
Hong’s first meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Tuesday night’s hearings began with public comments made by Bob Tucker and Kwan Nguyen, a same-sex couple of 20 years, who urged the Board to not oppose the Fair Education Act.
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed the act, which prohibits the exclusion of gay and lesbian history from textbooks, into legislation.
“Struggle is important for our children to know,” Tucker told the Board. “We’re all equal and we all deserve a place at the table.”
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