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Culinary Arts Program Gets New Classroom

The New Haven Unified School Board OKs the culinary program at Conley-Caraballo High School.

has a new culinary arts program.

New Haven Unified Board of Education ratified a contract allowing the the program to begin during a meeting held Tuesday night.

District Spokesman Rick La Plante said the program is funded in part by the the high school’s share of bond funds.

The school has refurbished a room that was previously used as a daycare into a culinary arts classroom, equipped with three cooking stations.

Conley-Caraballo is now raising funds to purchase supplies such as cooking utensils, pots, pans, and other items that could not be purchased with bond money.

At the start of the school year, 25 students were the first to use the new classroom. Led by teacher Josh Straley, the class is learning about food preparation, sanitation and other topics before they begin cooking, La Plante said.

Also during the meeting the school board received the annual investment report for the 2010-11 fiscal year and approved the unaudited actuals financial report for 2010-11.

Chief Business Officer Akur Varadarajan told the board that while the district has “closed the books” for 2010-11 with the required reserves, the fiscal pressures for 2011-12 and the following years remain, La Plante said.

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