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Long Beach Board of Education January Meeting Highlights

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At the January 16 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher began her report by introducing Long Beach Mathematics and Computer Science teachers Anthony Cabasino and Julia Kolanovic along with seven Long Beach junior and senior students who presented this month’s student showcase featuring Long Beach’s Computer Science Program.

Sophia Araque, Henry Ben, Keyi Chen, Troy DeFrancesco, Arsen Hrabko, Matthew Ingoglia and Jake Maloney each had an opportunity to share a snippet of a recent program they have coded including an attendance tracker, weather to surf and reserving a book.

The presentation gave a brief overview of district-wide coding, robotics, and digital literacy from elementary level to middle school digital design and communications to more of the recent initiatives offered at the high school, AP Computer Science Course and IB Computer Science. AP Computer Science is an introductory college-level computer science course. Students cultivate their understanding of coding through analyzing, writing, and testing code as they explore concepts like modularity, variables, and control structures. IB Computer Science SL1 & SL2 emphasizes the need for both a theoretical and practical approach to computer science. The two-year course focuses on software development, fundamentals of computer systems, and the relationship between computing systems and society.

Overall, the students were eager to answer questions and share what they have learned and how much they are looking forward to continuing exploring the area of computer science.

Following the student showcase presentation, Long Beach Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Michael DeVito presented a Rollover Budget and Benefits Projection. The rollover budget is the starting point in the formal budget preparation process.

Mr. DeVito’s presentation slides can be found on the Long Beach District website at:

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