Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 11/23/2021 - 6:00 PM
Category: Program & Instruction - Votes
Type: Action
Subject: 14.3 Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Loyalty Foundation and the Newark Board of Education
Strategic Plans:
Enclosure
File Attachment:
Summary: Esports officially stands for electronic sports, not to be confused with video games. Esports are organized competitive gameplay between two teams, governed by its own strict set of rules and guidelines. They develop students’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills. In addition to participating in matches, esports players spend hours analyzing game statistics and testing various gaming strategies. For students who are also interested in working “behind the scenes,” there are also opportunities to learn about video editing, graphic design, and computer networking.

The Loyalty Foundation has agreed to build an Esports program at Newark School of Data Science and Technology High School focusing on sports-based games. The Loyalty Foundation's staff has the education, certification, training and work experience in this area and will work with the Director of Educational Technology and the Director of Athletics in the selection of esports, development of teams, and sports calendar.

Although two high schools have been selected initially, the addition of other district high schools is possible in subsequent years.
Funding : No cost to the district
Recommendation to the Board: Now therefore, be it resolved that the Newark Board of Education approve this Memorandum of Understanding with the Loyalty Foundation.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Dr. Mary Ann Reilly - Assistant Superintendent
Signed By:
Nicole T. Johnson - Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Brenda Liss - General Counsel
Signed By:
Roger León - Superintendent
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member A'Dorian Murray-Thomas Moved, Member Dawn Haynes seconded to approve the Original motion 'Now therefore, be it resolved that the Newark Board of Education approve this Memorandum of Understanding with the Loyalty Foundation.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 7 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 7 - 0
   
Josephine Garcia     Yes
Flohisha Johnson     Yes
Dawn Haynes     Yes
Asia J. Norton     Yes
A'Dorian Murray-Thomas     Yes
Hasani Council     Yes
Vereliz Santana     Yes