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Dianne Jones, President
Vivek Prasad, Vice President
Yajing Zhang, Clerk
Desrie Campbell, Member
Larry Sweeney, Member
Sissi Zhang, Student Member

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Fremont Unified School District

Board Meeting Highlights

November 15, 2022 (Special)


7.1 Consideration of Approval of a Public Construction Bid for the Kennedy High School Modernization Project

On June 3, 2014, the voters of Fremont approved the $650 million Measure E general obligation bond initiative, under the requirements of Proposition 39 (2000) the School Facilities Local Vote Act. The scope of the bond work includes upgrading and repairing neighborhood schools by updating technology and aging classrooms; upgrading electrical wiring to current safety codes; fixing or replacing leaky roofs, aging plumbing and restrooms; removing asbestos; and repairing, constructing and acquiring equipment, classrooms, sites, and facilities.

On October 25, 2017, the Board of Trustees authorized staff to enter into an agreement for architectural services for the modernization projects at Kennedy.

On December 10, 2019, the Board approved the updated budget allocation and authorized staff to proceed with Group 1 projects. Kennedy's project budget allocation was $25,502,130. The Board also asked staff to return to a future meeting with a recommendation on the Kennedy modernization project.

On March 11, 2020, the Board of Trustees received a presentation on the modernization project at Kennedy and provided approval to expand the scope of work and move the project up to Group 1. Additional scope included site requests and community requested changes, which included additional modification to HVAC upgrades, the music performance space, exterior lighting, and landscape modifications.

The project received Division of State Architect (DSA) approval on July 20, 2022 and was advertised to the public by Fremont Unified on July 21, 2022. The bid documents (plans and specifications) were made available on July 22, 2022.

On August 22, 2022 three sealed bids were received by FUSD staff for the modernization project at Kennedy High School. 

On November 9, 2022, District staff made a recommendation to reject all of the bids, given that the lowest responsible bid exceeded the remaining project budget as allocated in Measure E. The Staff recommendation included a suggestion to return to the design team to develop potential options that would either stay within budget or possibly re-evaluate the project's scope if additional funds were to be allocated. 

The Board of Education took no action on November 9, 2022, but provided direction to staff to prepare an agenda item for a Special Meeting designed to allow for the lowest responsible bid to be awarded. 

Based on the direction provided at the November 9, 2022, Board of Education meeting, staff are presenting this item for Board consideration. If the Trustees accept the low bid, additional funds will need to be allocated to the project. 

Staff recommend allocation of $15.8 million to be allocated for the bid amount with the current scope, but also to cover anticipated additional costs for roofing.

The Board unanimously approved the lowest bid for the Kennedy High School modernization project, and approved an allocation of $15.8 million from Measure E; $15.8 million from Fund 25 will be used to replace these funds in Measure E on other, allowable projects for which Kennedy’s modernization is not eligible.

Posted 11/16/22
FUSD District Office

Board Members

Dianne Jones, President
Vivek Prasad, Vice President
Yajing Zhang, Clerk
Desrie Campbell, Member
Larry Sweeney, Member
Sissi Zhang, Student Member

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Fremont Unified School District

Board Meeting Highlights

November 9, 2022 (Regular)


7.1 Superintendent Report

Superintendent CJ Cammack reported that he attended a 49ers Varsity Youth Flag Football event at Tak Stadium over the weekend, was grateful to the 49ers for making that event possible. Last week he attended the Association of California School Administrators State Council meeting in San Diego to work with fellow superintendents on support for students and staff statewide. He visited three sites today, including Mattos Elementary - where the Welcoming Crew put on gloves (Mickey Mouse, Hulk, etc.) and greeted students with fist bumps.

7.2 Student Member Report

Student Member Sissi Zhang reported that League of Leaders, a conference for our high schools’ student leadership, will be hosted soon at Washington High School. She reported items for each site. SURFBoardE will host an open forum for all students after Thanksgiving break. 

10.3 Approve New Course Proposals for Junior High/Middle School and High School

This item was pulled from the Consent Calendar and heard separately. 

Secondary schools annually submit requests for new courses of study to be added to the course catalog. These proposed new courses are to be offered are as follows:

  • Handicrafts: Hopkins Junior High
  • Broadcast Journalism: Thornton Junior High
  • Gaming Concepts: American High School
  • Explorations in Data Science: Kennedy High School
  • Introduction to Financial Literacy: Kennedy High School
  • Computer Science Principles for Mathematics: Robertson High School

The Board unanimously approved the proposals.

15.1 Approve the 2023 Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS) Plan

Assistant Director Steve Musto presented on the 2022 CCEIS Plan.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires states and local education agencies to take steps to address disproportionate representation. Disproportionality refers to the “overrepresentation” of a particular racial or ethnic group in one of four areas:

  1. special education in general;
  2. special education within a specific disability category; 
  3. disciplinary action; or
  4. more restrictive environments.

When a school district is disproportionate in any of the above areas for specific ethnic groups over a three year period, the district is deemed significantly disproportionate and must undergo the process of developing a Comprehensive Coordinating Early Intervening Services (CCEIS) Plan. 

In March of 2021, the California Department of Education determined that Fremont Unified School District is significantly disproportionate in the following areas:

  • identification of white students in the eligibility category of other health impairment
  • identification of white students in the eligibility category of emotional disturbance
  • identification of Hispanic students in the eligibility category of specific learning disability

As a result, the District is required to submit a CCEIS plan to address these three areas over a 27-month period with the goal of decreasing identification of students in these ethnic and eligibility categories. 

A CCEIS focus group was formed in May of 2022 to begin work on this task.  The group met over many months and was comprised of educational partners across all areas including administrators, teachers, service providers, parents, students and community members. The group collected data, formed a theory as to what root causes potentially led to the significant disproportionality, and developed an action plan to address the three areas. 

The Board unanimously approved the 2023 Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS) plan for submission to the California Department of Education.  

15.2 Receive a Presentation on the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) from the 2021-2022 School Year

Director of Student Support Services Greg Bailey presented FUSD’s California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) results

During the 2021-22 school year, fifth grade students participated in and completed the CHKS during the regular school day. CHKS is an anonymous, confidential survey of school climate and safety, student wellness, and youth resiliency.  The survey results enable schools and districts to collect and analyze data regarding local youth health risks and behaviors, school connectedness, school climate, protective factors and school violence. Click here to view the full report. 

This was an informational item, no action was taken. 

15.7 Authorize Staff to Reject All Bids Received for the Kennedy High School Modernization Project

On June 3, 2014, the voters of Fremont approved the $650 million Measure E general obligation bond initiative, under the requirements of Proposition 39 (2000) the School Facilities Local Vote Act. The scope of the bond work includes upgrading and repairing neighborhood schools by updating technology and aging classrooms; upgrading electrical wiring to current safety codes; fixing or replacing leaky roofs, aging plumbing and restrooms; removing asbestos; and repairing, constructing and acquiring equipment, classrooms, sites, and facilities.

On October 25, 2017, the Board of Trustees authorized staff to enter into an agreement for architectural services for the modernization projects at Kennedy.

On December 10, 2019, the Board approved the updated budget allocation and authorized staff to proceed with Group 1 projects. Kennedy's project budget allocation was $25,502,130. The Board also asked staff to return to a future meeting with a recommendation on the Kennedy modernization project.

On March 11, 2020, the Board of Trustees received a presentation on the modernization project at Kennedy and provided approval to expand the scope of work and move the project up to increment one. Changes include additional modification to HVAC Upgrades, music performance space, exterior lighting, and landscape modifications.

Three sealed bids were received by FUSD staff on August 22, 2022 for the Modernization project at Kennedy High School. Given that the low bid exceeds the remaining project budget, staff recommends that the Board of Education reject all bids for the project. The design team will meet to discuss potential options to move forward with this project that meets the available budget. 

It should be noted that the rejection of the bids does not mean the Kennedy High School Project is rejected. Rather, it means that we will review how to best move forward with our commitment to the student and staff of Kennedy while seeking close alignment with established budgets and overall Measure E plans. 

The Board did not take action on this item, and asked that the item return for Trustees to consider accepting one of the submitted bids and/or receive other options. This topic will be discussed at a Special Meeting of the Board on November 15, 2022. 

Posted 11/15/22
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Dianne Jones, President
Vivek Prasad, Vice President
Yajing Zhang, Clerk
Desrie Campbell, Member
Larry Sweeney, Member
Sissi Zhang, Student Member

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Fremont Unified School District

Board Meeting Highlights

October 26, 2022 (Regular)


7.1 Superintendent Report

Superintendent CJ Cammack announced FUSD received 11th fully electric school bus today, the electric fleet has been purchased by state grants. FUSD re-launched its aspiring administrators academy last week. FEF has been at sites awarding grants this week. Robertson High School was acknowledged as a Model PLC School, the only continuation school to receive the designation. Acknowledged Christy Taylor for being a finalist for California’s Teacher of the Year. Yesterday we experienced and responded to an earthquake - will improve where we can. 

7.2 Student Member Report

Student Member Sissi Zhang reported that Homecoming has gone well for all schools that have already celebrated, thanked the students, staff and others who helped make these events happen. 

15.1 Agreements between Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) and California School Employees Association (CSEA)

A public hearing was held on June 2, 2021, to present sunshine proposals from FUSD and CSEA on article re-openers. 

FUSD and CSEA have reached tentative agreements that include: 

The Board unanimously approved the tentative agreements between FUSD and CSEA. 

15.5 ACOE Teacher Residency Program

Special Education has historically been one of the most difficult areas for schools to staff with credentialed teachers across the nation, across the state, and within Fremont USD.

Board Policy 4111 states that "It shall be the general policy of the Board of Education to employ on the instructional staff only those persons who hold at least a bachelor’s degree and a State Credential."

The current nation-wide and state-side teacher shortage has exacerbated the current special education teacher shortage in FUSD. In the 2022-23 school year, Fremont USD has 22 special education teaching positions filled by individuals without a State Credential.

In order to address the current shortage of special education teachers within Fremont USD, Human Resources and Special Education staff are recommending that Fremont USD enter into partnership with the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) through the ACOE Teacher Residency Program. The partnership would begin with the immediate recruitment of residents and mentor teachers. Over the following three school years (2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26), the program would support 15 residents (five each year) in earning their Education Specialist Credentials in the area of Mild/Moderate disabilities and their masters degrees. Credentials and masters degrees are earned in one year with classes being held one day per week at the ACOE in Hayward. The remaining four days per week are spent co-teaching with a mentor teacher. Residents are expected to teach in Fremont USD upon completion of the program and upon receiving an offer of employment. Training and a $3,000 stipend are provided to each mentor teacher for each year that they serve.

The Board unanimously approved participation in the ACOE Teacher Residency Program to secure 15 Special Education teachers over 3 years.

15.8 Authorize Staff to Purchase Furnishings for Rix-Glankler Early Learning Center

After the opening of Rix-Glankler Early Learning Center in August 2022, it was found that the student chairs and tables were too tall for the students to use. The furniture was sized for kindergarten sized students (age 5), rather than for students younger than age 5.

Staff requests Board authorization to purchase the needed furnishings for Rix-Glankler Early Learning Center in the amount of $37,719.71 from the vendor One Workplace. The kindergarten sized furniture will be used at another school site as the District expands TK/K and classes.

The Board unanimously approved the purchase of this furniture. 

15.4 High School Program - Course Offerings Updates

Director of Secondary Education Jesús Jiménez presented information regarding graduation requirements, course offerings and sections by school site, as well as Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings. In addition, each comprehensive high school listed specific programs to support student academic achievement as well as student wellness and connectedness to school.

Trustees requested an agenda item for discussion on the scope of courses offered throughout our comprehensive high schools. It is noted that our award-winning schools of Robertson and Vista are not included in this review due to the unique aspects of their alternative school and independent study requirements and regulations.

Every year each secondary school builds a comprehensive master schedule intended to meet the needs of all students. The schedules are designed to meet FUSD graduation requirements and allow appropriate course offerings for our diverse student population. Our secondary schools follow the appropriate and necessary provisions of the FUSD-FUDTA collective bargaining agreement in addition to board policies and administrative regulations to create each master schedule with all the various course offerings.

This was an information item, no vote was taken. Review of course offerings at comprehensive high schools will be undertaken by the administration at these sites and the Director of Secondary Education to produce possible options for review by the Board and/or other bodies, such as the Equity Committee. 

Posted 10/27/22
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Dianne Jones, President
Vivek Prasad, Vice President
Yajing Zhang, Clerk
Desrie Campbell, Member
Larry Sweeney, Member
Sissi Zhang, Student Member

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Fremont Unified School District

Board Meeting Highlights

October 12, 2022 (Regular)


7.1 Superintendent Report

Superintendent CJ Cammack acknowledged sites for their great work. Visits to schools remind him how important it is to thank our staff for their work to meet the needs of each student, which is remarkable. 

7.1 Superintendent Report

Superintendent CJ Cammack acknowledged and thanked the students, staff and families of Irvington High School for their appropriate response to today’s false reports of an active shooter on the campus. FUSD appreciates the immediate response by Fremont Police Department and Fremont Fire Department.

Superintendent Cammack congratulates Christy Taylor from Cabrillo Elementary on being named one of the two Alameda County Teachers of the Year last week. She now moves on for consideration at the state level. 

FUSD held its initial planning meeting with a workgroup to create and prepare for the Board’s review an implementation plan for The Roosevelt Resolution.

Many FUSD schools hosted International Walk and Roll to School Day events today, Superintendent Cammack thanked schools for these efforts and each trustee for participating in these events. 

7.2 Student Member Report

Student Member Sissi Zhang reported that the PSAT was administered today. Homecoming events are continuing. High schools are hosting various spirit and awareness events. SURFBoardE is continuing efforts to increase communication and connection amongst students and schools. 

15.1 Approve Additional Amplify Science Materials for Grades K-6

In 2013, California adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These new standards approach science education in a fundamentally different way from the previous science standards and are intended to develop skills and interest in science for all students, including those traditionally underrepresented in STEM. With NGSS, science is taught through an integrated approach using science and engineering practices to understand the natural world and solve real-life scientific problems. 

In October 2020, Amplify Science was adopted for grades 6-8. In May 2022, the Board approved the recommendation from the adoption committee to adopt Amplify Science as Core Curriculum for elementary grades.

As the new year has started we have identified an increased need for more materials to allow more classes to teach the same unit across a grade level and to allow for more ease of transition and collaboration for grade level teachers to work with science prep teachers. Staff recommends approval of additional K-5 student readers for each classroom to have a set as well as 6th-grade kits for each elementary that houses 6th-grade classes.

The Board unanimously approved the purchase of additional Amplify science materials for grades K-6.

 

Posted 10/14/22
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Dianne Jones, President
Vivek Prasad, Vice President
Yajing Zhang, Clerk
Desrie Campbell, Member
Larry Sweeney, Member
Sissi Zhang, Student Member

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Fremont Unified School District

Board Meeting Highlights

September 28, 2022 (Regular)


7.1 Superintendent Report

Superintendent CJ Cammack acknowledged sites for their great work. Visits to schools remind him how important it is to thank our staff for their work to meet the needs of each student, which is remarkable. 

7.2 Student Member Report

Student Member Sissi Zhang reported that all high schools are hosting Spirit Week and Homecoming celebrations. SURFBoardE is also visiting middle schools/junior highs to promote participation in SURFBoardE when those students promote to high school. 

15.1 Receive Information from Summer 2022 Program

Director of Elementary Education Robin Sehrt and Director of Special Education Fran English presented an update related to 2022 summer program offerings and student performance in those programs. They also acknowledged the work of staff and program principals for their work. 

Over the summer of 2022, FUSD offered programs for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for students in need of academic support:

  • Elementary Summer Academy
  • Junior High/Middle School Summer Math Academy
  • Extended School Year
  • Credit Recovery

These programs were targeted toward improving academic performance in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA) & Math for elementary and middle school and recouping units at the high school level. 

This was an informational item and no Board action was taken. 

15.2 Receive Preliminary California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Results Type Discussion, Information, Presentation

Director of Assessment and Accountability Elie Wasser presented FUSD’s 2021-22 CAASPP preliminary assessment data

On January 1, 2014, California Education Code Section 60640 established the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system of assessments. The CAASPP system includes the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Summative Assessments and the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) which are administered to FUSD students in grades 3-8 and 11. In addition, CAASPP includes the California Science Test (CAST) for students in grades 5, 8, and one administration in high school. All CAASPP assessments are typically administered during the spring of each school year. The tests are comprehensive end of the year assessments of grade-level learning that measure progress toward college and career readiness.

CAASPP data for the 2021-22 school year are preliminary and are subject to change. Statewide results are still undergoing a review and validation process to ensure reliability and completeness across all LEAs. Final data for the CAASPP, as well as aggregate statewide results, are expected to be released publicly by the California Department of Education (CDE) in October, ahead of the California School Dashboard expected in December. 

This was an informational item and no Board action was taken. 

15.6 Hold Public Hearing on Instructional Materials and Adopt Resolution 014-2223: Sufficiency of Instructional Materials

California Education Code 60119 requires districts to hold a public hearing by the eighth week of school to make a determination, through a resolution, to ensure that every pupil in each school in the district:

  1. Is provided with sufficient textbooks and other instructional materials to use in the class, and to take home, in the core areas, foreign language, health and science laboratory equipment for grades 9-12
  2. Has instructional materials that are aligned to the content standards adopted pursuant to Section 60605 in each of the following subjects (listed below), as appropriate, and
  3. Has instructional materials that are consistent with the content and cycles of the curriculum framework adopted by the State.

Core Instructional Materials:

  1. Reading/Language Arts, including the English Language Development component of an adopted program
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science
  4. History-Social Science
  5. Foreign Language and Health
  6. Science laboratory equipment for grades 9-12

For the purposes of the hearing, sufficient textbooks or instructional materials is defined as, “Each pupil, including English Learners, has standards-aligned textbooks or instructional materials, or both, to use in class and to take home.” This requirement does not necessitate two sets of textbooks.

A public notice was published in The Argus on September 15, 2022. This notice was also posted in the front office window of the Fremont Unified School District and posted on the District website, all within the mandated 10-day timeframe before the hearing. 

The Board held a Public Hearing on the sufficiency of standards-aligned textbooks and/or instructional materials, and unanimously adopted Resolution 014-2223 that states for the 2022-2023 school year, the Fremont Unified School District has provided each pupil with sufficient textbooks and/or instructional materials consistent with the styles and content of the curriculum frameworks.

Posted 9/29/22
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Dianne Jones, President
Vivek Prasad, Vice President
Yajing Zhang, Clerk
Desrie Campbell, Member
Larry Sweeney, Member
Sissi Zhang, Student Member

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Fremont Unified School District

Board Meeting Highlights

September 14, 2022 (Regular)


6.1 Report on Action taken in Closed Session

The Board unanimously approved the appointment of Johannes Van Der Pool as Director of Child Nutrition Services.

7.2 Superintendent Report

Superintendent CJ Cammack thanked everyone for their perseverance during the recent heat wave, and particularly acknowledged SEIU employees and Director of Maintenance, Operations and Grounds Tom Ekman for their efforts.

15.1 Approve the 2021-22 Unaudited Actual Financial Report

Director of Accounting Services Robert Pascual and Interim Associate Superintendent Bruce Colby shared a 2021-22 Unaudited Actual Financial Report presentation.

Education Code 42100(a) states that on or before September 15, the governing board of each school district shall approve, in a format prescribed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, an annual statement of all receipts and expenditures of the district for the preceding fiscal year.

The District manages multiple “funds” inclusive of the General Fund, Adult Education, Child Development, Child Nutrition, Building Fund and other funds. The main fund is the General Fund which is reported as Unrestricted and Restricted. Unrestricted funds are for general educational purposes and Restricted are categorical funds for specific purposes.

The District's Unrestricted General Fund ending fund balance for the 2021-22 year ending June 30, 2022 is $64.1 million. This includes $23 million that is committed and set aside for collective bargaining offers that have been or are in the process of being settled. It also includes a $36 million (8.7%) reserve for economic uncertainties that is inclusive of the 2% minimum State reserve, the 1% local District reserve policy, 1% reserve variance and a 4.7% reserve for deficit spending and declining enrollment. The District's 8.7% reserve for economic uncertainties is still well below the prior year statewide average of 22.36% as noted in a FY 2020-21 report by School Services of California dated March 7, 2022. The Unrestricted General Fund ending fund balance has a positive variance of $0.3 million from Estimated Actuals. 

The District's Restricted General Fund ending fund balance for the 2021-22 year ending June 30, 2022 is $24.9 million. This is restricted categorical carryover for State, Federal and Local programs. This includes funds that are specifically granted to be expended for legally restricted purposes over multiple years based upon program and educational needs. The Restricted General Fund ending fund balance has a positive variance of $14.5 million from Estimated Actuals which will be used to serve future needs in their respective programs.  

All other funds were balanced and ended within reasonable estimations.

The Board unanimously approved the 2021-22 Unaudited Actual Financial Report.

15.2 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Final Approval for 2022-23

Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Leticia Services presented the final 2022-23 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for approval by the Board of Trustees, with modifications as requested by the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE). The Board previously approved the LCAP on June 29, 2022.

The LCAP includes an LCFF overview and an update of the 2021-22 LCAP. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) established the new funding formula that provides the same base grant to all school districts. Supplemental funding is provided to address the needs of eligible students. Eligible students include English Learners (EL), low income students, foster youth, and homeless youth.

The LCAP is a critical part of the LCFF. Each school district must engage parents, students, employees, and the community in the development of the plan. The plan is designed to describe the district's vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals. 

Based on the themes, priorities, and educational partners' input, the 2022-23 Local Control Accountability Plan increases and improves services to the unduplicated student groups: Homeless students, low income pupils; English Learners; and foster youth. The plan provides extensive supplemental materials to increase access to the core curriculum, increased direct teacher to student support through interventions, more time to access the curriculum through an extended day or year, targeted support for students who have skill gaps that need to be addressed, and social-emotional counseling for students in need of support.

The Board unanimously approved the updated 2022-23 Local Control Accountability Plan. 

15.3 Agreements between Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) & School Employees International Union, Local 1021 (SEIU)

A public hearing was held on June 2, 2021, to present sunshine proposals from FUSD and SEIU on article re-openers. The SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement as well as Government Code 10.7 sections 3540-3549, provide FUSD and SEIU to submit re-openers for contract bargaining.

FUSD and SEIU reached tentative agreements that include: 

  • Article 1: Recognition
  • Article 7: Hours and Overtime
  • Article 8: Pay and Allowance
  • Article 10: Holidays
  • Article 13: Layoff 
  • Article 23: Miscellaneous
  • Article 27: Temporary Reassignment Program (TRP) 
  • Side Letter: Mechanic On-call/Standby Time 

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement between FUSD and SEIU remains in effect, with the addition of the Side Letter.

The Board unanimously approved the agreements between FUSD and SEIU, Local 1021.

15.5 Secondary Technology Purchases

Each FUSD junior high school/middle school and comprehensive high school offers Project Lead The Way (PLTW) engineering courses. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses expose students to the engineering design process through hands-on activities. These courses utilize VEX robotics kits as well as other technology equipment that are aging and in need of replacement. 

These funds will be utilized for the purchase of technology materials in PLTW courses and for teacher training. Upgrading the VEX robotics kits used in PLTW engineering courses is essential and PLTW teachers would also like to purchase replacement technology materials with these funds to replace aging equipment. Additionally, this will ensure all current teachers have completed the necessary training as well as offer the opportunity to other teachers in order to increase the number of available instructors for these courses.

The Board unanimously approved the purchase of equipment and professional development to meet the needs of the engineering courses.

Posted 9/15/22
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Board Members

Dianne Jones, President
Vivek Prasad, Vice President
Yajing Zhang, Clerk
Desrie Campbell, Member
Larry Sweeney, Member
Sissi Zhang, Student Member

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Fremont Unified School District

Board Meeting Highlights

August 24, 2022 (Regular)


7.1 Superintendent Report

Superintendent CJ Cammack reported that FUSD recently welcomed students back to school, and hosted ribbon cuttings for Rix-Glankler Early Learning Center and Lila Bringhurst Elementary School. He thanked Fremont Kiwanis and Key Club members for hosting a Stuff the Bus event last weekend. He also acknowledged staff for all the work done to launch the school year.

7.2 Student Member Report

Student Member Sissi Zhang reported that all schools completed Maze Days, and are now preparing for Homecomings. SURF recently completed its retreat, and is working on outreach materials for SURFBoardE.

12.3 Tentative Agreements Between Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) and Fremont Unified Teachers Association (FUDTA)

Fremont Unified School District and Fremont Unified Teachers Associated reached tentative agreements for the following Articles: 

  • Article 1 Agreement
  • Article 3 Association Rights
  • Article 8 Leaves
  • Article 9 Transfers, Reassignments, and Surplusing
  • Article 10 Procedures for Evaluation
  • Article 19 Substitutes
  • Article 21 General
  • Article 26 Completion of Meet and Negotiate
  • Article 32 Department Chairperson
  • Article 34 Summer School and Extended Day Programs
  • Article 37 Multiculturalism

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The Board unanimously approved all agreements as part of the Consent Calendar. 

15.1 FUSS Recognition and Acknowledgement; Adopt Resolution No. 011-2223, Recognition of Fremont Unified Student Store (FUSS)

Fremont Unified Student Store (FUSS) was founded in April 2012 in the face of tremendous economic challenges to support the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) to meet students’ diverse educational needs by raising money for schools and programs.

After 10 years of service to Fremont students and its community, FUSS will discontinue, though some of its team members will continue their heavy involvement with the school community by serving on various district committees and/or working with other education based organizations.

FUSD acknowledged the contributions of FUSS to FUSD schools and community; Trustees and Superintendent Cammack congratulated and thanked FUSS and Director Ivy Wu on accomplishments over the past 10 years. 

The Board unanimously adopted Resolution 011-2223 in Recognition of Fremont Unified Student Store (FUSS).

15.2 Receive the 2022-2023 Enrollment Report

Each year, staff reports the enrollment counts for the first few days of the instructional year. Staff tracks this enrollment closely over the first ten instructional days each year to monitor the development of increases and/or decreases in enrollment compared to the estimates. 

As part of our Budget Adoption for the 2022-2023 school year, the District projected that enrollment for 2022-23 would be 33,133 students. This estimate was informed by the recent demographer report provided during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Superintendent Cammack presented an update on enrollment to highlight trends in enrollment district-wide and by attendance area. Including an increase of about 30 students today (not reflected in update), FUSD is seeing a decrease of approximately 560 students from projections.

Classes may collapse at schools through next week, primarily at the elementary level. 

This is a non-action item.

15.3 Receive Information and Hold Discussion on Renaming of Irvington's Valhalla Theater; Approve the Member Composition of a Citizen Advisory Committee for the Renaming of Irvington's Valhalla Theater

At the request of the Irvington Associated Student Body, students, teachers, parents, and community members, there is an interest in renaming the Irvington Valhalla Theater to honor the contributions of former Irvington High School Performing Arts Magnet Teacher Linda Jackson Whitmore. 

Ms. Whitmore is an African American/Black drama instructor who taught for 36 consecutive years, with 33 of those years at Irvington High School. The group proposed renaming Irvington's Valhalla Theater to "The Jackson-Whitmore Legacy Theater."

Pending approval to move forward with the renaming of Irvington's Valhalla Theater, staff recommends the Board approve the member composition of a citizen advisory committee specific to renaming Irvington's Valhalla Theater, in alignment with Board Policy 7310, which states, "A citizen advisory committee shall be appointed by the Board to review name suggestions and submit recommendations for the Board’s consideration. The advisory committee will develop name suggestions, gather input from parents, students, staff and elected officials, community members and community organizations and submit recommendations for the Board’s approval."

Staff recommends that this committee be represented by the following member categories:

  • One member appointed by the Fremont Council PTA President
  • One member selected by Museum of Local History Guild Board of Directors
  • One district staff-member selected by the Superintendent
  • One student member appointed by the Student Board Member
  • Five members selected by the Board of Trustees after an open application period and vote

The Board unanimously approved the member composition of a citizen advisory committee for the renaming of Irvington's Valhalla Theater.

15.7 Authorize Staff to Enter into Task Order #16 with the City of Fremont

Youth and Family Services (YFS) is a division of the Human Services Department of the City of Fremont. In a partnership with FUSD, YFS provides counseling services through its Healthy Choices Program for interested District schools, intervention services at Kennedy High School, and joint projects in collaboration with Alameda County.

Each year, YFS submits an annual Task Order to Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Fremont and the FUSD outlining the scope of services and fees for services offered to FUSD students.

Task Order #16 is for YFS and the Fremont Family Resource Center (FRC) divisions of the Human Services Division of the City of Fremont to provide programs for FUSD students for the 2022-2023 school year.

Items A and B are funded through the Task Order:

A. Healthy Choices School-Based Mental Health Counseling Program provides counseling, information and consultation to students, parents/guardians and school personnel regarding effective communication, personal problem-solving, child development, gang resistance, and drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse prevention.

For the 2022-2023 school year, nine Fremont schools will participate in the program and receive 10 hours per week of on-site services. The sites listed below have requested these services and have agreed to cover the cost of an on-site counseling intern for the 2022-2023 school year from their own school budgets (total $67,500 -- 9 sites @ $7,500/each):

  • Ardenwood Elementary School
  • Forest Park Elementary School
  • Mission San Jose Elementary School
  • Warm Springs Elementary School
  • Hopkins Jr. High School
  • Thornton Jr. High School
  • American High School
  • Irvington High School
  • Mission San Jose High School

B. At the request of Kennedy High School, a YFS licensed staff mental health counselor will provide mental health counseling, a consultation, crisis support and coordination of services for 12 hours per week during the school year. Kennedy High School will pay a total of $46,063 to cover the cost associated with staff salary, benefits, and overhead. 

The City of Fremont's ongoing partnership with FUSD is consistent with the national best practices models for community schools. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement leads to improved student learning, strong families and healthier communities.

The Board unanimously authorized staff to enter into Task Order #16 with the City of Fremont.

Posted 8/25/22
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Vivek Prasad, Vice President
Yajing Zhang, Clerk
Desrie Campbell, Member
Larry Sweeney, Member
Sissi Zhang, Student Member

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Board Meeting Highlights

July 27, 2022 (Regular)


Meeting note: Trustee Yajing Zhang was not present for this meeting. SURFBoardE Representative Mehreen Rosmon stood in for Student Member Sissi Zhang, who was absent. 

2.1 Facility Tour to include: RIX-Glankler Early Learning Center, Hopkins, Centerville and Thornton Junior High Schools

Trustees and District staff toured Rix-Glankler Early Learning Center, Hopkins Junior High, Centerville Junior High and Thornton Junior High before resuming the Regular Meeting. 

8.1 Report on Action taken in Closed Session

Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of the following individuals to management/contract positions: 

  • Associate Superintendent Business Services: Mr. Daniel Hillman
  • Chief Technology Officer: Mr. Melvin Easley
  • Principal (interim) Steven Millard Elementary: Dr. Jorge Gonzalez
  • Principal William Hopkins Junior High School: Ms. Nancy Kuei
  • Assistant Principal (interim) American High School & Thornton Junior High: Ms. Hillary Marine
  • Assistant Principal Irvington High School: Mr. Jason Aucoin
  • Assistant Principal Forest Park Elementary & Warwick Elementary: Ms. Michelle Guerrero
  • Assistant Principal Irvington High School: Ms. Jennifer Tutass
  • Assistant Principal (interim) John F. Kennedy High School: Mr. Joshua Hunter

17.1 Update on the Opening of the 2022-2023 School Year

Superintendent CJ Cammack provided an update on recent announcements from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Alameda County Public Health (ACPH) in connection to COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools to Support Safe In-Person Learning for the 2022-2023 school year. The key areas of the updated guidance include mask protocols, continuity of testing and notifications, and revised flowcharts.

This was a non-action item. 

17.6 Approve Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) Plan

Assistant Superintendent Leticia Salinas and Director of Federal and State Programs Christie Rocha presented information on FUSD’s 2022 Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) Plan.

ELO-P provides funding for after school, summer, or intersession learning enrichment programs for transitional kindergarten through fifth or transitional kindergarten through sixth grade elementary campuses. It will provide an extension to the school day for a total of 9 hours. Additionally, 30 non-schooldays (during winter, spring and/or summer breaks), which will consist of no less than 9 hours of in-person expanded learning opportunities per day.

2022-23 is a planning year for California local educational agencies (LEAs). We are still receiving guidelines as this is a newly established, mandated program. LEAs must operate the ELO-P pursuant to the requirements in California Education Code Section 46120.

FUSD is looking to establish a strong foundation before expanding the program to additional campuses in future years. For the fall of 2022, nine elementary schools will offer ELO-P which will provide after school expanded learning opportunities free of charge for unduplicated students.  Per California Education Code 42238.02, a student enrolled in a school district who is either classified as an English learner, homeless, eligible for free or reduced meals, or foster youth are defined as unduplicated.

Schools participating in ELO-P for 2022-23:

  • Brier, Cabrillo, Grimmer elementary schools: These schools currently operate After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs. The existing program will be part of meeting the ELO-P requirements in serving unduplicated students and will merge into one single comprehensive program.
  • Glenmoor, Maloney, Vallejo Mill elementary schools: FUSD is working in partnership with a child care provider, Adventure Time, to provide a blended program.
  • Blacow, Green, Hirsch elementary schools: FUSD is working in partnership with a child care provider, Right At School, to provide a blended program.

Invitations to participate in these programs have been sent to families of unduplicated students at these schools. 

The goal is to establish a foundation where FUSD will continue to evaluate and expand the program in the future to other elementary sites. 

The Board unanimously approved the Plan. 

17.7 Renewal of Firewall Services and Purchase of Palo Alto Networks PA-5450 Devices

Our firewall also provides our primary district content filtering services necessary to meet legal requirements for student safety. The firewall purpose is to establish a barrier between an internal network and incoming traffic from external sources (such as the internet) in order to block malicious traffic like viruses and hackers.

FUSD’s current firewall support is set to expire on 7/28/2022, after having already been extended and is for a now outdated single device with no failover or redundancy, which recently has already had a critical hardware failure that completely disrupted network services. Another renewal/extension is not in our current budget owing to an expectation of purchase of a replacement product that will come with support. If support lapses on the existing firewall before new services are in place, the district will be at significantly increased risk to viruses and malware, legally mandated student safety from content filtering will be compromised, and any device failure will not be covered for troubleshooting support or critical hardware replacement. 

FUSD’s Technology Department is requesting to update our firewall to the most current device as well as purchase a fail-over device to ensure redundancy for the district's network.

The Board unanimously authorized renewal of firewall services and the purchase of updated devices.

17.8 Compensation Proposals between Fremont Unified School District (FUSD), Fremont Unified District Teachers Association (FUDTA), and Fremont Schools Management Association (FSMA)

The District and the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association (FUDTA/CTA-NEA), and the District and the Fremont School Management Association (FSMA), agree to the following as outlined on the attached agreements: FUDTA and FSMA.

Agreement on the proposals would result in a closed contract for the 2021-22, 2022-23, 2023-24 school years with FUDTA and a closed agreement with FSMA.

  • 2021-2022: Ongoing salary increase of 4.25% and a 3.25% one-time payment, after the 4.25% increase, effective July 1, 2021.
  • 2022-2023: Ongoing salary increase of 6.00%, effective July 1, 2022.
  • 2023-2024: Ongoing salary increase will be increased by the enacted state COLA percentage as funded and actually received by the District in and for the 2023-2024 school year, less 1.00%.

New salary schedules will be developed upon approval of recommended agreements.

The Board unanimously approved the proposals. 

Posted 7/29/22

Fremont Unified School District 

Board of Education Meeting Summary

June 29, 2022 (Regular Meeting)

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At its June 29th meeting, the FUSD Board of Education:

6.1 Reported on Action Taken in Closed Session

Board President Dianne Jones joined the meeting during Closed Session.

The four members present at the time of the vote unanimously appointed the following administrators:

  • Director – Secondary Education: Dr. Jesús Jiménez
  • Director – Certificated Personnel: Dr. Zachary Kahn
  • Assistant Principal – Walters Middle School: Dr. Susan Lemke
  • Assistant Principal – Walters Middle School: Ms. Michelle Tibbs

7.1 Heard the Superintendent Report

Superintendent CJ Cammack reported that staff are transitioning from the regular school year to summer programs, while preparing for the 2022-23 school year. He expressed appreciation for FUSD’s classified employees for their work to support our district.

He also thanked Irvingington High School for hosting him for a visit at their summer program.

Also, staff are addressing concerns raised at the last Board meeting regarding the Grimmer Elementary playground, and plans to provide an update to involved parties in the coming weeks.

7.2 Heard the Student Member Report

Student Board Member Sissi Zhang was absent; an alternate SURFBoardE representative participated in the meeting and provided an update: students are on summer vacation, and SURFBoardE is preparing for the coming school year. 

8. Approved the Consent Calendar (Items 9.1 - 12.3)

The Board unanimously approved all Consent items.

15.1 Approved the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for 2022-23

Assistant Superintendent Leticia Salinas and Director Christie Rocha presented the final 2022 Local Control andAccountability Plan (LCAP). 

The LCAP is a critical part of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which provides a base grant to all school districts and supplemental funding to address the needs of eligible students. Eligible students include English Learners (EL), low income students, foster youth, and homeless youth. Each school district must engage parents, students, employees, and the community in the development of the plan. The plan is designed to describe the district's vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals. 

Each district is required to hold two public meetings, the first is designed to receive feedback (public hearing) and the second public meeting is designated for adoption of the plan. On June 15, 2022, FUSD held a public hearing and presented to our Board of Education.  

This final LCAP is now presented for approval by the Board of Trustees. After approval, the LCAP will then be submitted to the Alameda County Office of Education by June 30, 2022.

The Board unanimously approved the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for 2022-23.

15.2 Accepted Information About the California School Dashboard Report on Local Indicators for Fremont Unified School District for 2021-22

The California School Dashboard is a website that shows how local educational agencies and schools are performing on the indicators in California's school accountability system. The Dashboard was created to give parents and the public a better idea of what is happening in our schools and districts and to identify where extra assistance is needed. 

The Dashboard is a component of the Local Control Funding Formula passed in 2013 that significantly changed how California provides funding to public schools and holds local educational agencies accountable for student performance. California's new school accountability system provides a more complete picture of how schools are meeting the needs of all students. The Dashboard shows performance on multiple measures that contribute to a quality education for students.

State data is not available for some priority areas identified in the Local Control Funding Formula law. For these priority areas, the State Board of Education approved the local indicators, which are based on information that local educational agencies collect. These local indicators are:

  • Basic Services
  • Implementation of Academic Standards
  • Parent Engagement
  • School Climate
  • Access to a Broad Course of Study

The Dashboard includes self-reflection tools that the State Board of Education approved as part of the new accountability system. Local educational agencies complete those self-reflection tools and can upload the information to be displayed through the Dashboard.

This agenda item was presented to the Board of Education as a regular agenda item on June 15, 2022. The Alameda County Office of Education advised FUSD that the District must also include this item on the June 29, 2022 agenda to coincide with our LCAP approval process. The information included on this item and the related attachment is unchanged from the June 15, 2022.

The Board unanimously received and accepted the information about the California School Dashboard report on 2022 LCAP Local Performance Indicator Self-Reflection for Fremont Unified School District for 2021-22.

15.3 Approved the 2022-23 Proposed Budget and Resolutions 047-2122 and 048-2122 to Commit Funds - Attachments Updated 6/28/22

Pursuant to Education Code (EC) 52062(b)(1), school districts are required to hold a public hearing to solicit the recommendations and comments of members of the public regarding the specific actions and expenditures proposed to be included in the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The public hearing shall be held at the same meeting as the public hearing required by EC 42127(a)(1) for the Budget to be adopted in the subsequent fiscal year, which states that on or before July 1 of each year, the Governing Board of each school district shall accomplish the following:

  • Hold a public hearing on the budget to be adopted for the subsequent fiscal year. The budget to be adopted shall be prepared in accordance with Section 42126. The agenda for that hearing shall be posted at least 72 hours prior to the public hearing and shall include the location where the budget will be available for public inspection.
  • Adopt a budget. Not later than five days after that adoption or by July 1, whichever occurs first, the Governing Board shall file that budget with the County Superintendent of schools. That budget and supporting data shall be maintained and made available for public review. 

On June 15, 2022, FUSD held a public hearing and presented the budget and the LCAP to our Board of Education.  

The District is projecting a Fund 01 beginning fund balance of $74.6 million. The projected revenue is $414.5 million and projected expenditures is $413.4 million. The ending fund balance is projected at $75.5 million. The District's Reserve for Economic Uncertainties is estimated at 6.6% or $27.4 million. 

The District prepared a multi-year budget projection to determine if the District will be able to meet its financial commitments for the current and two (2) projected years. 

Based on these assumptions, the District will be able to meet its financial commitments for 2022-23 and two (2) succeeding years.

See the Proposed Budget Presentation 2022-23 and Final 22-23 Adopted Budget Book.

The following 2022-23 Proposed Budget forms are for the Board's approval and signature: budget certification form, worker's compensation form and Resolution 047-2122 and Resolution 048-2122 for committing funds in 2021-22 and 2022-23.

The Board unanimously approved the proposed budget for 2022-23 showing that the Fremont Unified School District will be able to meet its financial obligations for the current fiscal year and the subsequent two years based on assumptions, and Resolutions 047-2122 and 048-2122 to commit funds in 2021-22 and 2022-23.

15.4 Received the School Resource Officer Program - End of Year Reporting

School Resource Unit Sergeant Calvin Tang presented information on this program. 

The Fremont Police Department and Fremont Unified School District have had a professional partnership since 1998.  A School Resource Officer (SRO) was assigned to each of the six high schools and serves all schools and offices throughout the District. The mission of the SRO unit is to ensure a safe learning environment for students, teachers, and school administrators.  

  • At the July 21, 2021 Board Meeting, the Board took action to approve an MOU/Handbook for the SRO program between FUSD and the City of Fremont/Fremont PD.
  • At the November 17, 2021 Board Meeting, the Board took action to approve a revised MOU/Handbook for the SRO program between FUSD and the City of Fremont/Fremont PD.

At the January 26, 2022 Board Meeting, staff provided the Board a mid-year report covering data and program developments from August 18, 2021 (first day of school) through December 23, 2021 (last day before winter break). 

The MOU and Handbook outline parameters for mid-year and year end reporting of data and updates on program developments. Fremont Police Department staff and FUSD staff provided the Board of Education a final end of year report regarding the SRO Program for the 2021-2022 school year, as well as preliminary end of the year data on FUSD suspensions and expulsions

This was not an action item. 

15.5 Appointed Fremont Unified School District Measure I Citizens' Oversight Committee Members

On June 7, 2016, the citizens of Fremont approved to continue a local funding measure, Measure I, an annual tax of $73 per parcel that will generate approximately $4.3 million annually for nine (9) years. Measure I includes a requirement that the District establish a Citizens' Oversight Committee to ensure that the revenue received is spent in accordance with the commitment made to the voters.

The Board of Education selects and appoints committee members. The committee will consist of 11 seats as follows:

  • Two (2) Local Business/Community Members who live or conduct business in Fremont,
  • Six (6) Parent/Guardian Members of current FUSD students,
  • One (1) Student Representative, and
  • Two (2) Senior Members (age above 65 years)

     

For the 2022-2024 term, there are currently eight (8) vacancies on the Measure I Citizens' Oversight Committee. The vacancies are in the following categories:

  • One (1) Business/Community Member
  • Four (4) Parent/Guardian Member
  • One (1) SURFBoard E Student Member
  • Two (2) Senior (65+) Member

A list of current members is attached.

The District has received four (4) applications for the Parent/Guardian category, one (1) application for the Senior Member category. Staff has prepared a ballot for the Board's use. 

The Board unanimously approved parent/guardian members Dhanashri Nandavikar, Amit Datar, Anil Surya and Maz Bijan; and senior (65 +) member Kathleen Lang.

15.6 Authorized Staff to Enter Into Agreement with Sodexo America, LLC. to Provide Food Service Management Services

Pursuant to Education Code sections 38090-38093, in order to operate a food service program, school districts must establish a Cafeteria Fund to account separately for federal, state, and local resources. 

On May 24, 2017, the Board of Education authorized staff to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) for consulting services for the Child Nutrition Services (CNS) program. The functions of the consulting services firm include evaluation of the CNS program and to provide consulting and assistance in the implementation of strategic solutions to address its current challenges. Additionally, the consulting services firm will assist in the leadership of the CNS department, but will not have a supervisory role. Supervision of the CNS staff will be headed by the CNS Supervisor.

On August 23, 2017, the Board of Education (Board) authorized staff to enter into a contract agreement with Sodexo for a period of one (1) year starting September 1, 2017, with an option to extend the contract with Board approval, for up to an additional four (4) one (1) year agreements. The contract was extended for a one year period at the following meetings: June 27, 2018, July 31, 2019  July 29, 2020, and June 24, 2021

On February 4, 2022, the District sent out a Request for Proposals for these services for the upcoming school year (2022-23) as authorized by Public Contract Code section 20111(c). The RFP documents can be accessed by clicking here.

Two (2) responsive proposals were submitted by:

The two (2) proposals were evaluated and scored. Based on the evaluation criteria, staff recommends entering into an agreement with Sodexo for a period of one (1) year, with the option to extend contract, with Board approval, for up to five (5) one (1) year agreements. 

The Board unanimously authorized staff to enter into agreement with Sodexo America, LCC to provide food service management for the 2022-2023 school year.

15.7 Approved i-Ready Educational Software for 2022-2024

i-Ready is a diagnostic assessment system that was adopted by FUSD at the October 28, 2020 Board of Trustees meeting. The Board approved the adoption of i-Ready for grades 1-5. Access to i-Ready was expanded to include grades 6-8 at the December 16, 2020 meeting. i-Ready was fully implemented as the grade level assessment program in FUSD with the spring 2021 administration.

FUSD's i-Ready contract is current through November 2022. Instructional Services plans to continue to deliver i-Ready assessments to all students in the 2022-23 school year in grades 1-12. This proposed funding would extend i-Ready's FUSD license through the 2023-24 school year. 

The cost is $832,965.25 and includes access to i-Ready assessments for grade levels 1-12 as well as access for FUSD teachers and students in grades 1-6 to include i-Ready Personalized Instruction, which are online lessons that target student needs based on the diagnostic assessment.

The Board unanimously approved the continued funding for i-Ready licenses through June 30, 2024.

15.8 Authorized Staff to Enter Into Agreements with Non-Public Agencies for Extended School Year (ESY) 2022

Through a student's IEP (Individualized Education Program) the team will review the student's needs and interests. The types of services for students with disabilities will vary. With the differences in needs and interests among students with disabilities, there is no single definition of what a LRE (least restrictive environment) will be for all students.

Fremont Unified School District currently has students whose IEP indicates they are to receive services in an extended school year. In order to serve the needs of the students, FUSD currently needs to contract out for additional services through Non-Public Agencies, despite efforts to employ district staff, including, but not limited to: Registered Behavior Technician, Paraeducator, Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), Occupational Therapy, Nurse, Speech/Language Pathologist, Educationally Related Mental Health services and Physical Therapy services.

The Board unanimously authorized staff to enter into agreements with Non-Public Agencies for Extended School Year 2022.

15.9 Approved Maintaining the Current Coverage for Property and Liability Insurance

Fremont Unified School District is a member of a JPA (Joint Powers of Authority) and retains insurance coverage from NCR (Northern California ReLiEF). The District currently has coverage for Liability, Property, Equipment Breakdown, and Cyber Liability.

Staff recommends the District accept the current NCR coverages and MRL (Member Retained Limit) for a total program cost of $2,337,524 with an anticipated annual rate increase of approximately 10%  due to the rise in property and liability claims throughout the insurance industry.

The Board unanimously approved Coverage of Property and Liability Insurance through Northern California ReLiEF.

15.10 Authorize Staff to Enter Into an Agreement with Raibon & Associates for Environmental Services

District staff use chemicals in science laboratories and cleaning supplies. These chemicals are considered hazardous materials and are subject to legal requirements including training of personnel, accurate reporting of inventories, and proper waste disposal.  To comply with these legal requirements, the District works with two environmental service providers: AP Keenan & Associates provides training and inventory management, and Raibon & Associates provides waste disposal.

Raibon & Associates has been providing environmental services for the District since 2012.

In order to comply with all legal requirements related to hazardous waste disposal, and to address increased disposal requirements as a result of growth in the student population, staff recommends Board authorization to enter into a 4-year agreement with Raibon & Associates for environmental services through June 30, 2026, for a total cost of $160,000. The proposed agreement represents an annual not-to-exceed amount of $40,000. The actual cost to the District is measured and billed in time and volume of disposal.

The Board unanimously authorized staff to enter into an agreement with Raibon & Associates for environmental services.

15.11 Authorized Staff to Enter Into a Joint Use Agreement with the City of Fremont for the Traffic Signal at Thornton Junior High School at Thornton Ave & Oak Streets

Staff has met with the City of Fremont regarding the installation of a new traffic signal located in front of Thornton Junior High School. This signal is required by the City of Fremont and Division of the State Architects Office for compliance and safety of the students attending the school. This additional signal was required due to the increase in enrollment at the site. The current configuration does not allow for sufficient flow of traffic and pedestrian walking traffic to be accommodated. The City of Fremont accepted this plan at the City Council meeting in January 2022, and approved it with no exception taken. After review with our legal counsel Fremont Unified School District is now required to counter approve and sign the agreement. Both the City of Fremont and School District are contributing equal funds for the signal at the site.

This expense falls within the allocation agreed upon by the General contractor, Blach Construction at the execution of the agreement in 2020.

The Board unanimously authorized staff to enter into agreement with the City of Fremont for the new traffic signal located at Thornton Ave and Oak Street.

15.12 Authorized Staff to Amend the Agreement with Construction Testing Services, Inc. for the New Construction and Modernization Project at Thornton Junior High School (Middle School Conversion)

On January 22, 2020, the Board of Trustees (Board) authorized staff to enter into an agreement with CTS to provide testing and inspection services for the Increment 1 and 2 new construction and modernization projects at Thornton.

On March 23, 2022, the Board authorized staff to amend the agreement with CTS to address additional time to complete testing and inspection of the grade beam and structural concrete beam, Increment 2.  The need for these services resulted from additional review comments received from The Division of the State Architect (DSA), requiring modifications to the foundation system for the project at Thornton.

The Division of the State Architect has approved Increment 3 - Modernization and Sitework and Increment 4 - New Administration/Library Building.  These additional services are necessary to provide continued special testing and inspection services during construction as required by DSA.

Staff requests authorization to amend the agreement with Construction Testing Services Inc., for the project at Thornton in the amount of $123,368.  The amended total project budget will be $415,449.

The cost of this work is within the budget for the project. 

Consulting services are not covered under the Project Stabilization Agreement (PSA) and as such, this work is excluded from the PSA.  PSA applies to project construction contracts only.

The Board unanimously authorized staff to amend the agreement with Construction Testing Services Inc. (CTS), for the New Construction and Modernization Project at Thornton Junior High School (Thornton).

15.13 Authorized Staff to Utilize Funds From Fund 25 for Furnishing and Equipment for the Opening of Lila Bringhurst Elementary School SY 2022/2023

Construction of a new school commenced in September 2017, and on September 27, 2017, the Board, on a unanimous vote, named the new school as Lila Bringhurst Elementary School. 

After Bringhurst was conveyed to the District in December of 2020, several technology and mechanical equipment installations were performed to prepare the facilities for the public.  To date, District staff has identified approximately 233 students living within the Bringhurst boundary and currently attending other elementary schools district-wide. Under the relevant terms of the Mitigation Agreement and pursuant to the Board’s action of May 8, 2019, Bringhurst must open its doors to its students. The FUSD Board of Trustees approved the opening of the school on January 12, 2022. Staff respectfully requests that funds be made available to utilize in the opening of the school for the 2022-2023 school year.

Staff requests authorization to utilize funds in the amount of $225,000 to accommodate the costs for school equipment and supplies for opening on August 17,2022.

The Board unanimously authorized staff to utilize funds from Fund 25 to purchase start up furnishings and equipment for Lila Bringhurst Elementary School (Bringhurst) SY 2022/2023.

15.14 Authorized Staff to Enter Into an Agreement with Premier Inspection Services for Project Inspector Services for the Modernization Project at Kennedy High School

Construction phase consultant services for project inspector services are required by the Division of State Architects (DSA) and the District for the Measure E Facilities Construction Program.

The District requested proposals from the pool of qualified project inspectors approved by the Board on February 24, 2021. The scope of services includes providing construction inspection oversight for all issues related to structural, access, fire and life safety.

The District received three (3) responses. The respondents were deemed qualified based on the following criteria:

  • Responsiveness to the RFP
  • Description of approach and applicability to project
  • Quality of staff and staff experience
  • Fee

Staff requests Board authorization to entering into an agreement with Premier Inspection Services for a total cost of $345,750.  The project falls within the project budget already Board approved.

The Board unanimously authorizes staff to enter into an agreement for project inspector services with Premier Inspection Services for the modernization project at Kennedy High School.

15.15 Authorized Staff to Amend the Agreement with DSA School Inspectors for the New Construction and Modernization Project at Thornton Junior High School (Middle School Conversion)

On January 22, 2020, the Board of Trustees (Board) authorized staff to enter into an agreement with DSA School Inspectors for Inspection Services for the Increments 1 and 2 new construction and modernization projects at Thornton in an amount not to exceed $840,805.

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has approved Increment 3 - Modernization and Sitework and Increment 4 - New Administration/Library Building.  These additional services are necessary to provide continued inspection services during construction, as required by DSA.

Staff requests authorization to amend the agreement with DSA School Inspectors for the project at Thornton in the amount of $665,338. Amended total project budget will be $1,506,543.

The cost of this work is within the budget for the project.

The Board unanimously authorized staff to amend the agreement with DSA School Inspectors for the New construction and Modernization project at Thornton Junior High School.

15.16 Approved Resolution 052-2122 Authorizing Piggyback Contract for Lease of Relocatable Structures with Mobile Modular Management Corporation Pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 20118

Staff recommends the Board adopt Resolution No. 052-2122 to authorize and approve the Agreement Incorporating Piggyback Contract for Relocatable Structures with McGrath RentCorp dba Mobile Modular Management Corporation in an amount not-to-exceed $383,868 for the lease, delivery, and set-up of twelve portable classrooms for the John F. Kennedy High School.

Under Public Contract Code section 20111, the District is required, absent an exception, to competitively bid the lease or purchase of equipment, materials, or supplies exceeding the bid threshold ($99,100 for 2022).  Public Contract Code section 20118, commonly referred to as a piggybacking statute, is an exception to the competitive bidding requirement, and allows the District to lease or purchase equipment, materials, or supplies by utilizing an existing contract authorized by law between a vendor and another public agency under the same terms as are available to the other public agency under the existing contract.

Pajaro Valley Unified School District has procured a contract (“Piggyback Contract”) with McGrath RentCorp. dba Mobile Modular management Corporation (“Mobile Modular”) for the lease or purchase of relocatable classroom buildings and relocatable toilet room buildings (“Equipment”).  The Piggyback Contract provides that any California school district may lease or purchase the Equipment at the same price and upon the same terms as the Piggyback Contract.

District staff have researched the costs and terms of the Piggyback Contract and believe that the prices of the Piggyback Contract are reasonable and that it would be in the best interests of the District to utilize the Piggyback Contract to lease the relocatable classrooms pursuant to the attached Agreement Incorporating Piggyback Contract for Relocatable.

Staff requests this Board approve the Agreement Incorporating Piggyback Contract in the amount of $383,868 to lease relocatable classrooms from Mobile Modular.  Further, staff requests authorization for the Superintendent and designees to take all steps and perform all actions necessary to finalize and enter into the Agreement Incorporating Piggyback Contract with Mobile Modular, and to take any actions deemed necessary to protect the best interests of the District.

The Board unanimously approved the resolution authorizing piggyback contract for lease of relocatable structures pursuant to Public Contract Code section 20118.

15.17 Authorized Staff to Utilize Funds Allocated for the Middle School Contingencies at Centerville & Hopkins for the Middle School Conversion Projects in the Amount of $4,198,656.

On January 30, 2019, the Board authorized additional funding to be allocated to the Middle School Conversion projects. These funds were set aside due to substantial changes that occurred due to unforeseen conditions on Walters Middle School (Walters), Horner Middle School (Horner), and previous elementary school projects that were completed. At this time, we have received several cost proposals for work that is required for continuation of the projects.

These additional expenses incurred include dry rot, mold, and structural failures of support beams in several buildings. We recently received additional supplemental instructions from the Division of the State Architect (DSA) to modify the ground floor slabs of the two new facilities at Hopkins. By accommodating all of these changes, we will greatly reduce our current contingency budgets for each project. These cost impacts early in the construction process are not unusual, but we were not able to anticipate the extent of the damage we have identified at the time the projects were budgeted. These additional funds requested will allow for these unforeseen conditions to be accommodated without disrupting the current available funds for additional work that may arise as we complete these projects.

Currently at Hopkins MS, we have experienced an increase in repairs of $288,000 with an anticipated $588,000 in additional expenses.

Currently at Centerville MS we have experienced $877,000 in dry rot expenses additional $3,100,000 in worst case scenario expenditures for full replacement of three buildings in the event we are unable to contain the dry rot and termite damage in the portable classrooms. In the event we can minimize the exposure, we may be able to repair and support the minimal replacement of structural elements under $2,000,000 for all repairs. We are seeking funding for the estimated worst-case scenario to ensure sufficient funding is available to complete most of the work over the summer while all affected areas are unoccupied.

The current contingency funds approved and identified for this scope of work for each project have been utilized and will be exhausted during the completion of this work.

Staff is requesting funding be released to both projects to cover anticipated expenses associated with the dry rot repairs. Costs identified are estimates only and will be revised based on actual costs incurred for full replacement and repairs when work is completed. In the event insufficient funds are identified, staff will return with revised cost proposals for completion of remaining work in the future. 

The Board unanimously authorized a total of $4,198,656 to be released for use in the projects at Centerville MS and Hopkins MS.

15.18 Authorized Staff to Amend the Agreement with MECA Consulting, Inc. Company, dba Millennium Consulting Services for the New Construction and Modernization Project at Thornton Junior High School (Middle School Conversion)

Staff requests authorization to amend the agreement with MECA Consulting, Inc. Company, dba Millennium Consulting Services for industrial hygienist services at Thornton in the amount of $190,936. Amended total project budget will be $290,436.

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has approved Increment 3 - Modernization and Sitework and Increment 4 - New Administration/Library Building. These additional services are necessary to provide continued industrial hygienist services during construction as required by DSA.

The cost of this work is within the budget for the project.

The Board unanimously authorized staff to amend the agreement with MECA Consulting, Inc. Company, dba Millennium Consulting Services, for the New Construction and Modernization project at Thornton Junior High School.

 


 

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for July 27, 2022 at 6:30pm (time subject to change)

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Posted 7/1/22

Fremont Unified School District 

Board of Education Meeting Summary

June 15, 2022 (Regular Meeting)

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At its June 15th meeting, the FUSD Board of Education:

3.4 Approved Revisions to the SURF BoardE Bylaws (item heard out of order)

SURF BoardE (Students United for the Representation to the Fremont Unified School District Board of Education) has recently worked to update its bylaws to better support the group's objectives and goals. The SURF BoardE has placed an emphasis on increasing student awareness of and interaction with school sites. Their goals include reaching out to all students of FUSD including high school, junior high/middle school, and elementary students, and equally representing all opinions and concerns of FUSD students. 

To comply with these major goals, SURF is requesting formal amendments to the bylaws with proposed language to achieve the group's goals.

6.1 Reported on Action Taken in Closed Session

Appointed the following administrators:

  • Corey Brown - Director, Curriculum & Instruction
  • Kristin Dil - Principal, Patterson Elementary
  • Thomas Ekman - Director, Maintenance, Operations & Grounds
  • Mei-Feng Howell - Assistant Principal, Irvington High School
  • Sheila Jemo - Assistant Principal, Gus C. Robertson High School
  • David LeCount - Assistant Principal, American High School: 
  • Glynis Mason - Principal, Ardenwood Elementary
  • Jacyln McClintock - Principal, Mission Valley Elementary
  • Dena Palmer - Director, Purchasing
  • Sherea Westra - Principal, John G. Mattos Elementary

7.1 FUSS Acknowledgement

This item was moved to the August 24, 2022 Board meeting.

7.2 Library Awards Celebration

Director of Curriculum & Instruction Kim Kelly presented the 2021-2022 Library Celebrations.

7.3 Heard the COVID-19 Update

As of June 3, an Alameda County Health Officer Order implementing an Face Masking Mandate is in place for most indoor spaces with limited exemptions; this became applicable in FUSD as of June 9 following the final events of the 2021-22 school year. FUSD is maintaining its practice of staying aligned with State and local mandates. 

7.4 Heard the Superintendent Report

Superintendent CJ Cammack shared gratitude for FUSD staff - classified, certificated and management - for their work, particularly as we returned to in-person instruction this school year. Thanked students for courage and perseverance. Thanked community for support and entrusting their students to us. Congratulated all Class of 2022 graduates and promoting students; was able to attend all graduation ceremonies at Tak and congratulate nearly 2,600 students. Thanked Trustees for their leadership. 

7.5 Heard the Student Member Report

Student Board Member Sissi Zhang reported that all high schools have finished graduation ceremonies. American is working on class banquets for all grade levels to celebrate the end of the school year, Washington and Mission are working on their community garden, Kennedy finished their Senior checkout and Irvington is working on homecoming for next year. SURFBoardE is currently planning their retreat and will work on training new members for next year. 

8. Approved the Consent Calendar (Items 9.1 - 12.7)

The Board unanimously approved all Consent items after conversation on the following: 10.3 Approve the License Renewal for the Nearpod Premium Plus Software for Grades K-12, 10.4 Approve Renewal of Seesaw Learning Management System (LMS) for Grades TK-6 and Glankler Students, 10.5 Approve the License Renewal of the BrainPOP Software Suite for Grades TK-12, 10.6 Approve the License Renewal of the Screencastify Software for Grades TK-12, 10.7 Approve the License Renewal of the EdPuzzle Software for Secondary Schools, 10.8 Authorize Staff to Purchase Additional Apex Program Licenses, 11.11 Authorize Staff to Amend the Agreement with Cordoba Corporation for the Modernization Project at Rix-Glankler Early Learning Center.

15.1 Held the LCAP Public Hearing

Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Leticia Salinas and Director of State and Federal Programs, Dr. Christie Rocha, presented the LCAP Public Hearing Presentation

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was enacted as a component of the Budget Act for 2013-2014 school year under Assembly Bill 97. It established a new funding formula that provides the same base grant to all school districts. Supplemental funding is provided to address the needs of eligible students: English Learners (EL), low-income students, foster youth, and homeless youth.

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a critical part of the LCFF. Each school district must engage parents, students, employees, and the community in the development of the plan. The plan is designed to describe the district's vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals. The LCAP must focus on eight areas identified as state priorities over a three year period: Basic Services, Common Core Standards, Parental Involvement, Student Achievement, Student Engagement, School Climate, Course Access and other Student Outcomes. 

In consultation with the Alameda County Office of Education, we are noting that FUSD has reviewed and reevaluated that some actions should be marked as contributing for the 2021-2022 school year within the annual update. We have made this change and it is noted in the LCAP. On June 9, 2022, FUSD held an LCAAC meeting to review this change with the committee.

Each district is required to hold two public meetings, the first is designed to receive feedback and the second public meeting is designated for adoption of the plan. The LCAP must be approved prior to the passage of the 2022-2023 budget. The final LCAP will be submitted for approval to the Board of Trustees on June 29, 2022. It will then be submitted to the Alameda County Office of Education by June 30, 2022 for final approval.

Fremont Unified School District utilized multiple strategies to engage all stakeholders in the process to give input into the priorities and goals of the LCAP. Members of the school community, parents, teachers, administrators, staff, students, and employee groups were invited to learn more about LCFF and LCAP and to participate in activities that would inform the planning process. Sites also used a variety of strategies to gather input from students, staff, parents, and community, including surveys, meeting with our DELAC and special LCAP information meetings.

Based on the themes, priorities, and stakeholder input, the 2022-2023 Local Control Accountability Plan increases and improves services to the unduplicated student groups: Homeless students, low income pupils; English Learners; and foster youth. The plan provides extensive supplemental materials to increase access to the core curriculum, increased direct teacher to student support through interventions, more time to access the curriculum through an extended day or year, targeted support for students who have skill gaps that need to be addressed, and social-emotional counseling for students in need of support.

15.2 Held a Public Hearing on the 2022-23 Proposed Budget

Interim Associate Superintendent Bruce Colby and Director of Budget, Audit and Attendance James Arcala shared the Proposed 2022-23 Budget Presentation.

Pursuant to Education Code (EC) 52062(b)(1), school districts are required to hold a public hearing to solicit the recommendations and comments of members of the public regarding the specific actions and expenditures proposed to be included in the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The public hearing shall be held at the same meeting as the public hearing required by EC 42127(a)(1) for the Budget to be adopted in the subsequent fiscal year, which states that on or before July 1 of each year, the Governing Board of each school district shall accomplish the following:

  • Hold a public hearing on the budget to be adopted for the subsequent fiscal year. The budget to be adopted shall be prepared in accordance with Section 42126. The agenda for that hearing shall be posted at least 72 hours prior to the public hearing and shall include the location where the budget will be available for public inspection.

  • Adopt a budget. Not later than five days after that adoption or by July 1, whichever occurs first, the Governing Board shall file that budget with the County Superintendent of schools. That budget and supporting data shall be maintained and made available for public review.

The District is projecting a Fund 01 beginning fund balance of $74.6 million. The projected revenue is $414.5 million and projected expenditures is $413.4 million. The ending fund balance is projected at $75.5 million. The District's Reserve for Economic Uncertainties is estimated at 6.6% or $27.4 million. 

The District prepared a multi-year budget projection to determine if the District will be able to meet its financial commitments for the current and two projected years. Based on these assumptions, the District will be able to meet its financial commitments for 2022-23 and two succeeding years.

The presentation, Proposed Budget Book for 2022-23, Reserve Disclosure Certificate, and FUSD Resolution 047-2122 and FUSD Resolution 048-2122 for committing funds are provided as information items for the public hearing. 

The budget, certificate and resolutions will come back to the Board on June 29 for final approval.

15.3 Accepted Information About the California School Dashboard Report on Local Indicators for Fremont Unified School District for 2021-22

Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Leticia Salinas and Director of Secondary Education Steven Musto presented the 2022 LCAP Local Performance Indicator Self-Reflection.

The California School Dashboard is a website that shows how local educational agencies and schools are performing on the indicators in California's school accountability system. The Dashboard was created to give parents and the public a better idea of what is happening in our schools and districts and to identify where extra assistance is needed. The Dashboard shows performance on multiple measures that contribute to a quality education for students.

State data is not available for some priority areas identified in the Local Control Funding Formula law. For these priority areas, the State Board of Education approved the local indicators, which are based on information that local educational agencies collect. These local indicators are:

  • Basic Services
  • Implementation of Academic Standards
  • Parent Engagement
  • School Climate
  • Access to a Broad Course of Study

The Dashboard includes self-reflection tools that the State Board of Education approved as part of the new accountability system. Local educational agencies complete those self-reflection tools and can upload the information to be displayed through the Dashboard.

The Board unanimously accepted the California School Dashboard Report on Local Indicators for Fremont Unified School District for 2021-22.

15.4 Approved Agreement with Seneca Services to Continue the Walters Middle School Counseling Enriched Class for the 2022/23 School Year

Director of Special Education Fran English provided information. FUSD began contracting with Seneca Services to support a counseling enriched class at Walters Middle School for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 school years. 

Due to both the success of and need for this program, it is recommended that the District once again enter into an MOU with Seneca for the 2022/23 school year. The linked document reflects the current cost of the program with all supports and services. 

The Board unanimously approved the agreement with Seneca Services to continue the Walters Middle School Counseling Enriched Class for the 2022/23 school year.

15.5 Authorized Staff to Renew Agreement with Illuminate Education

In the 2016-2017 school year, the District previewed the Data and Assessment (DnA) system through Illuminate Education at multiple elementary and secondary schools. Feedback received from teachers and administrators was positive and the available assessment components met the needs of District staff. DnA was presented to the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) on April 3, 2017 and the response was favorable. 

In May of 2017, FUSD took action to authorize staff to enter into agreement with Illuminate Education. The cost for DnA was as follows: 2017-2018 $188,144; 2018-2019 $196,696; 2019-2020 $205,248; 2020-2021 $205,248; 2021-2022 $205,248. Based on annual student enrollment of 34,208.

Our one-year renewal of Illuminate Education DnA Software licenses includes:

  • Access to DnA content resources, and usage reporting within Illuminate Education's Learning Management System
  • Elementary report cards
  • lluminate Parent Portal for review of report cards and state assessment results

The Board unanimously authorized staff to renew the agreement with Illuminate Education for the 2022-2023 school year.

15.6 Approved Resolution No. 044-2122 Declaring the District’s Membership in FOCUS and Authorization to Utilize FOCUS Contract to Purchase Certain Network Equipment and Installation Services from AMS.NET, Inc

In planning for the future network upgrades, the District desires to contract for the procurement of network equipment and related services.

District staff have researched the costs and terms associated with AMS.NET, Inc. which was created via an award of the Fast Open Contracts Utilization Services (“FOCUS”) and believe that the prices available to the District are reasonable and that it would be in the best interests of the District to utilize the agreement to purchase the desired products from FOCUS.

Merced County administers FOCUS, which is a competitive procurement program offering qualified vendors in appropriate categories for purchases during the term of contract operation to FOCUS members.

Government Code section 6500 et seq. authorizes joint exercise by two or more public agencies of any power common to them, including the power to contract, even though one or more of the contracting agencies may be located outside the state (“Joint Powers Authority”). Under this Joint Powers Authority, the District is authorized to use contracts made available through FOCUS, without further competitive bidding. The District would like to avail itself of the opportunity made available by FOCUS in order to reduce its costs of procurement by utilizing the competitively bid contracts made available through FOCUS.

The District desires to contract for the procurement of network equipment and related service through this FOCUS membership. 

The Board unanimously adopted Resolution 044-2122 declaring the District’s membership in FOCUS allowing authorized staff to procure products through FOCUS to purchase certain network equipment and installation services from AMS.NET, Inc.

15.7 Authorized Staff to Enter Into a Purchase Agreements with AMS.NET for Middle School (MS) Conversion Technology Purchases

The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) is seeking to provide the same level of technology infrastructure at the Middle School (MS) Conversion sites as other school sites in the district: Centerville, Hopkins, and Thornton junior high schools.

Clock/bell/speakers will be installed in classrooms and other area on campuses. Wireless access points to provide wireless internet access will be installed in classrooms and other areas on campuses. Phones will be installed in new rooms on campuses; existing rooms already have phones installed. Network equipment needs to be purchased for new buildings.

FUSD will be using pricing made available by AMS.NET, Inc. through its contract award under the Fast Open Contracts Utilization Services (“FOCUS”). This item is contingent upon approval of Item 15.6, Approval of Resolution No. 041-2122 Declaring the District’s Membership in FOCUS and Authorization to Utilize FOCUS Contract to Purchase Certain Network Equipment and Installation Services from AMS.NET, Inc

The Board unanimously authorized staff to enter into a purchase agreement with AMS.NET for these MS Conversion technology purchases.

15.8 Authorized Staff to Enter Into a Joint Use Agreement for Student Transportation Services

Board Policy 3451 states that the School District will provide transportation for pupils under provisions of State law and Regulations. Due to the ongoing school bus driver shortage, it is necessary to use outside transportation service providers to supplement the District's home to school transportation services for students.

On April 22, 2022 the RFP#378-05-18-22 was released to the public. The RFP was advertised in the local newspaper, posted on the district website and sent to the current student transportation providers and potential student transportation providers that expressed interest. On May 18, 2022, at 2:00 PM, two responsive proposals were submitted for the transportation of students. Submitted proposals were evaluated by the Director of Transportation and staff to confirm that the submittals were complete and the Proposers were responsive. 

The Board unanimously authorized staff to enter into a one-year agreement for SY 22-23 with the possibility of extending four additional one-year terms with the Santa Barbara Transportation Corp, dba Student Transportation of America, to supplement home to school transportation services. 

15.9 Authorized Staff to Enter Into Agreement with Pinnacle Petroleum for Bulk Gasoline and Renewable Diesel Fuel

The Transportation Department maintains a fleet which uses Regular Unleaded Octane 87 and diesel fuel. The estimated annual usage for Regular Unleaded Octane 87 is 45,000 gallons and diesel fuel is 100,000 gallons. Based on the current market condition, the price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is approximately $4.4119 and diesel fuel is $ 4.776. The estimated annual total based on this pricing is approximately $643,000. This amount may change depending on the market condition and the price per gallon on OPIS PAD 4/5.

Vendors quote fuel prices based on a differential to the daily average price published in the Oil Price Information Service for the West Coast Region (OPIS PAD 4/5). The quoted differential remains fixed for the term of the contract. The bidder's quoted differential provides a daily price basis for the District to pay for their fuel deliveries at a rate either above or below the OPIS PAD 4/5 according to the lowest responsive bidder's pricing.

The District requested bids from qualified vendors. On April 22, 2022, the bid was publicly announced. On May 24, 2022, at 2:00 PM, two sealed bids were submitted. Staff verified the bids for adherence to quality. 

The Board unanimously authorized staff to enter into an agreement with the best price for bulk regular unleaded octane 87 gasoline and renewable diesel fuel for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

15.10 Approved Request to the State Board of Education to Waive Specified Education Code Requirements for the Disposition of Surplus Property

Education Code sections 17455-17484 dictate a specific procedure by which school districts dispose of their surplus property. This process, in general, includes a school district board setting a minimum price and the terms upon which the surplus property will be sold or leased during a public meeting, and setting a public meeting three weeks thereafter during which sealed proposals will be opened and oral bids received. The District would be limited to only accepting the highest price bid received during that public meeting or rejecting all bids. It is not uncommon for school districts to seek waivers of some or all of these procedures in order to have the most flexibility in seeking experienced buyers which will be in the District’s best interest.

At its April 21, 2021 meeting, upon a report and recommendation by its 7-11 Facilities Advisory Committee, the Board unanimously voted to declare the former Marshall Elementary School Site, a 2.62-acre parcel located at 5301 Curtis Drive in Fremont (Marshall Property), as surplus to the District’s education needs. 

On March 23, 2022, the Board authorized staff to proceed with the necessary steps for the disposition of the Marshall Property, including executing the preliminary statutory requirements and exploring all other options for disposition of the surplus property in the best interests of the District, including seeking a waiver from the State Board of Education (SBE) of certain surplus disposition statutes, if needed.

On March 28, 2022, District staff mailed notices of priority offerings to numerous state, county and local public entities, indicating the District’s intent to sell or lease the Marshall Property, and inviting sealed offers of intent to purchase or lease the property with option to purchase. In addition, a general notice of the priority offering to public entities was published in the Bay Area News Group – Argus Newspaper on April 1, April 8, and April 15, 2022. 

On April 4, 2022, District staff mailed letters to all Bargaining Units requesting consultation and a determination on whether they are neutral, support, or oppose the waiver of the statutory competitive bid requirements for surplus property. The District’s Bargaining Units include the California School Employee Association, the Fremont Unified District Teacher Association, and the Service Employee International Union.

On April 6, 2022, the District’s Facilities Advisory Subcommittee met during a publicly noticed and open meeting to review the proposed request for a waiver. The District’s Facilities Subcommittee took a vote and did not oppose the request for a waiver.

On April 13, 2022, the Board held a public hearing during which no public testimony or objection was received on the waiver request.

The District’s interest is to keep all possible options for the future of the Marshall Property open. Seeking a waiver of the statutory competitive bid procedure from the SBE would allow the District to consider all proposed options from the public, directly negotiate with potential buyers, obtain the best price for the transaction, and negotiate other terms beneficial to the District’s and public’s interests. Without the waiver, the District would be prohibited from negotiating with potential buyers, but restricted to selecting the highest priced bid.

Staff completed the various tasks seeking input from the community, as required by the SBE waiver process, in addition to completing the waiver request form, and is now prepared to submit the waiver request and all required supporting documentation for review.

The Board unanimously approved the request to the State Board of Education to waive specified Education Code requirements for disposition of surplus property located at 5301 Curtis Drive and authorized the Superintendent or his designee to submit the waiver request.

15.11 Authorized Staff to Enter Into an Agreement with One Workplace to Provide Furniture Procurement Services and to Ratify Previous Furniture Purchases for Measure E Bond Projects

On June 3, 2014, the voters of Fremont approved the $650 million Measure E general obligation bond initiative to upgrade and repair neighborhood schools by updating technology and aging classrooms; upgrading electrical wiring to current safety codes; fixing or replacing leaky roofs, aging plumbing and restrooms; removing asbestos; and repairing, constructing and acquiring equipment, classrooms, sites, and facilities.

On November 12, 2020, the Board of Trustees (Board) approved the pool of vendors for the furniture selection and coordination for Measure E projects. 

In February 2022, in preparation for the upcoming completion of the 2022 summer phases of the middle school conversion projects, the District’s FF&E manager consultant issued an informal RFP for procurement of the required furniture for the newly completed buildings at Centerville, Hopkins and Thornton Middle Schools. The RFP was issued to the three (3) approved vendors in the furniture procurement pool based on a list of identified furniture needed at each site. The contracts were awarded on the basis of pricing, schedule and material availability. The bulk pricing is based on CMAS contracts from Omnia, Vizient and NCPA and will be utilized moving forward for the remaining furniture expenditures. 

Staff requests Board's authorization to enter into an agreement with One Workplace for the various Measure E Bond projects in the amount of $380,923, and ratify previous furniture purchases in the amount of $1,265,721. The cost of this work is within the Board of Trustee approved budget allocated for each project listed above. 

The Board unanimously authorized staff to enter into an agreement with One Workplace to provide furniture services and ratified previous furniture purchases for Measure E Bond projects.

15.12 Authorized Staff to Ratify the Change Orders within the Agreement with Rodan Builders for District and Developers Contingency Expenditure Directives for Phase 3 of the New Construction and Modernization Project at Centerville Middle School

This is a project funded by the Measure E general obligation bond.

Rodan Builders was awarded the construction contract for Centerville Middle School. Phase 1 & 2 of the project at Centerville has been completed. Phase 3 Increment 1 is still in progress. The Board previously ratified change orders #1- #5 for phase 3. This item is for change orders #6 and #7. These costs will be paid from the contract contingency amount and will not impact the overall budget of the project at this time. 

The Board unanimously authorized ratification of the contingency directives for the Centerville Middle School project in the amount of $155,481.57. 

15.13 Authorize Staff to Amend the Agreement with LPA, Inc. to Provide Design Services for the Modernization Project at Kennedy High School

This is a project funded by the Measure E general obligation bond.

On October 25, 2017 , the Board of Trustees (Board) authorized staff to enter into an agreement for architectural services for the project at Kennedy.

On March 11, 2020, the Board received a presentation on the project at Kennedy and provided approval to expand scope of work and move project up to increment 1. Additional scope includes site requests and community required changes. Changes include additional modification to the music room, site lighting, and landscape modifications.

On May 06, 2020, the Board authorized staff to amend the agreement with LPA for the project at Kennedy. On April 13, 2022, the Board authorized staff to amend the agreement with LPA for temporary housing for the project at Kennedy. 

The Division of the State Architects (DSA) is requiring additional scope for the project at Kennedy which includes:

  • demolition of the existing auto shop
  • replacement of asphalt paving
  • modernization of the abandoned kitchen space
  • landscaping and irrigation of the exterior courtyard spaces
  • additional demolition and abatement of ceilings due to hazardous materials
  • replacement of ceiling
  • ADA path of travel requirements at the existing science labs

The cost of this work is within the budget for this project.

The Board unanimously authorized an amendment to the agreement with LPA, Inc. for the project at Kennedy High School in the amount of $359,779. 

15.14 Authorized Staff to Amend the Agreement with Sixth Dimension, LLC for Construction Management Services for the New Construction and Modernization Project at Thornton Middle School

This is a project funded by the Measure E general obligation bond.

On June 26, 2019, the Board authorized staff to enter into an agreement with Sixth Dimension for design and bidding phase CM services for the project at Thornton. Staff advised that a planned amendment for the construction and closeout phase of the project would be presented at a future Board meeting.

On March 11, 2020, the Board authorized staff to amend the agreement with Sixth Dimension, LLC for construction phase construction management services for the project at Thornton.

Due to the change in the foundation design and specifications for seismic safety, along with an extended delay in DSA review and backcheck, the project at Thornton was delayed by approximately 12 months. Sixth Dimension has provided a proposal to extend their current contract to provide construction management services through project completion.

The Board unanimously authorized an amendment to the agreement with Sixth Dimension, LLC for construction management services for the new construction and modernization project at Thornton Middle School in the amount of $742,549. 

15.15 Authorized Staff to Ratify the Change Orders within the Agreement with Lathrop Construction Associates for the New Construction and Modernization Project at Hopkins Middle School

This is a project funded by the Measure E general obligation bond.

On April 21, 2021, the Board authorized staff to enter into an agreement with Lathrop to provide construction services for the project at Hopkins. On May 19, 2021, the Board authorized staff to amend the agreement with Lathrop for the project at Hopkins. On January 26, 2022, the Board ratified change orders #1-#3 within the agreement with Lathrop for the project at Hopkins. On March 9, 2022, the Board ratified change orders #4-#5 within the agreement with Lathrop for the project at Hopkins.

The Board has previously ratified change orders #1-5. This item is for change orders #6 and #7. These costs will be paid from the contract contingency amount and will not impact the overall budget of the project at this time.

The Board unanimously authorized ratification of the change orders within the agreement for the Hopkins Middle School project in the amount of $487,452.14.

15.16 Authorized Staff to Ratify the Agreement with Blach Construction for District and Developers Contingency Expenditure Directives for the New Construction and Modernization Project at Thornton Middle School

This is a project funded by the Measure E general obligation bond.

Blach Construction was awarded the construction contract for Thornton Middle School for five increments of work. The current construction includes the construction of four classroom buildings in the rear of the school site. The play fields were completed in 2020 and the basketball and play sport courts were completed in Fall 2020. Portions of the areas are blocked off due to construction, but the northeast side of the campus is accessible for students and staff to access the site safely. 

On March 13, 2019, the Board authorized staff to enter into an agreement with Blach to provide Lease-Leaseback (LLB) pre-construction services for the project at Thornton.

On May 6, 2020, the Board authorized staff to amend the facilities lease agreement with Blach for additional pre-construction services and for completion of the Work of Improvement of Increment 1 for the project at Thornton. On May 20, 2020, the Board authorized staff to amend the facilities lease agreement with Blach for completion of the Work of Improvement of Increment 3 – Baseball Field and Track along with the Phase 1 electrical utilities work for the project at Thornton. On August 24, 2020, the Board authorized the increase to the project budget at Thornton by $16.1 million. On November 17, 2021, the Board approved the ratification of the agreement with Blach for the district and developer’s contingency expenditure directives for the project at Thornton. On December 8,2021, the Board approved the ratification of the agreement with Blach for the district and developer’s contingency expenditure directives (district #2-13 and developers #2-7) for the project at Thornton.

The Board previously ratified district contingency directives #1-13 and developers contingency directives #1-7. This item is for district contingency directives #14-17 and developers contingency directives #8-9. These costs will be paid from the contract contingency amount and will not impact the overall budget of the project at this time.

The Board unanimously authorized ratification of the contingency directives for the Thornton Middle School project in the amount of $192,992.89.

15.17 Approved Amendment of the Facilities Lease Agreement with Blach Construction Company for Completion of the Improvement Work to set a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for Phase 3 Modernization and Sitework and Phase 4 New Administration/Library Building for the Middle School Conversion Project at Thornton Middle School

This is a project funded by the Measure E general obligation bond.

On April 18, 2018, the Board of Trustees (Board) authorized the use of the Lease-Leaseback (LLB) delivery method for some future construction projects, including the new construction and modernization project at Thornton.

Please see previous item for previous Board action on this project. 

On October 28, 2020 , the Board amended the facilities lease agreement with Blach Construction to set a guaranteed maximum price for the phase 2 –project at Thornton.

On April 15, 2022 Blach Construction received bids for Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) 4 Phase 3 Modernization for the next phase of work. Vanir team and FUSD staff reviewed and negotiated the bids to prepare for submission to Board for approval in May 2022.

On May 27, 2022 Blach Construction received bids for GMP 5 Phase 4 New Administrative Building and Modernization Project. Vanir and the FUSD team have reviewed and negotiated the final bids received and have prepared them for Board approval.

Staff has reviewed the GMP proposal prepared by Blach Construction and found it to be in alignment with all terms and conditions of the site and facilities leases. 

The Approval of these Guaranteed Maximum Prices will exceed the Construction Budget by $5,924,489. Through cost reductions of non-construction related services, this budget overrun has been reduced to $4,097,437. 

Approval of these items will continue the current progress on the project and will maintain the schedule for completion in August of 2023.

Staff also requests that funds in the amount of $4,097,437 be taken from the Program Contingency for Measure E to replenish and offset the expenses identified in the budget overrun. The request to utilize funds from contingency will come forward from staff in another agenda item.

The Board unanimously approved amendment of the facilities lease agreement with Blach to include the Guaranteed Maximum Price 4 for Phase 3 Modernization and Sitework and Guaranteed Maximum Price 5 for Phase 4 New Administration/Library Building. 

15.18 Approved Increase in Board Training and Development Budget, Attendance at California School Boards Association (CSBA) Annual Education Conference (AEC) & Trade Show, San Diego, CA

The Board previously allocated $15,000 per year, budget allowance for trustees to continue training and development. That budget was set in 2020 and since then California School Boards Association (CSBA) has increased registration costs for most of its events, the cost of air travel and hotel accommodations have also increased significantly. 

CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show (AEC) will take place December 1-3, 2022, in San Diego, CA. Trustees have the opportunity to attend the event in-person, at an approximate cost of $3,000-3,800 per Trustee, to include two student board members at approximately the same cost (cost per person includes event registration, transportation, lodging and meals). Registration for in-person attendance opened on June 7, 2022, with early bird in-person registration at $695 per person. The registration costs include the General Sessions and a selection of workshop sessions. Additional costs may include pre-conference events and meal function events. CSBA is not offering a virtual conference this year, however on-demand content (archived recordings of sessions) will be made available after the conference. 

The Board discussed and came to consensus on an increase to the Training and Development Budget of $21,000. Further, the Board discussed and approved Board Trustees and Student Board Member(s) in-person attendance at the 2022 California School Board Association Annual Education Conference & Trade Show, December 1-3, 2022 in San Diego, CA.


The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for June 29, 2022 at 6:30pm (time subject to change)

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Posted 6/17/22

Fremont Unified School District 

Board of Education Meeting Summary

May 11, 2022 (Regular Meeting)

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At its May 11th meeting, the FUSD Board of Education:

3.4 Approved Revisions to the SURF BoardE Bylaws (item heard out of order)

SURF BoardE (Students United for the Representation to the Fremont Unified School District Board of Education) has recently worked to update its bylaws to better support the group's objectives and goals. The SURF BoardE has placed an emphasis on increasing student awareness of and interaction with school sites. Their goals include reaching out to all students of FUSD including high school, junior high/middle school, and elementary students, and equally representing all opinions and concerns of FUSD students. 

To comply with these major goals, SURF is requesting formal amendments to the bylaws with proposed language to achieve the group's goals.

SURF BoardE members already reviewed and unanimously approved these changes.

Board members expressed concern about the democratic methods for selecting a representative for each high school, and asked that this be addressed in future bylaw discussions. 

The Board unanimously approved the revisions to the SURF BoardE Bylaws. 

3.1 Received the 2021-2022 SURF BoardE Year in Review (Students United for Representation to the Fremont Unified School District Board of Education)

Throughout the current school year, SURF BoardE has worked hard to present to the Board of Education highlights of student activities and concerns/opinions. 

As the school year ends, student leaders will present "State of the SURF" a retrospective review of their accomplishments in 2021-2022.

Trustees recognized and appreciated the dedication and accomplishments of SURF BoardE members. 

3.2 Adopted Resolution 034-2122 in Appreciation of Student Board Member, Tushar Dalmia

It has been a customary and wonderful tradition to present a resolution of appreciation to the current Student Board Member in recognition of their service to the Fremont Unified School District.

Tushar Dalmia has done an excellent job as Student Member of the Board of Education for the 2021-2022 school year. We commend him for the outstanding service for which he has given Fremont Unified School District.

The Board unanimously adopted Resolution 034-2122 Recognizing Tushar Dalmia.

3.3 Adopted Resolution 035-2122 in Appreciation of 2021-2022 Student Board Representatives, Recognition of 2021-2022 SURF Board of Education Representatives and Introduction of 2022-2023 Student Board Members and Representatives

The Constitution of the SURF BoardE sets forth the method of appointing new members and electing officers. Members are appointed after submitting applications, recommendations, and participating in an interview process with current Board Members. Students are appointed for a one-year term and may resubmit for a second term.

The annual interview and selection process has been completed and the SURF BoardE is recommending students and the Student Board Member for the 2022-2023 school year.

The Board unanimously adopted Resolution 035-2122 in appreciation of 2021-2022 Student Board Representatives, recognition of 2021-2022 SURF Board of Education Representatives and introduction of 2022-2023 Student Board Members and Representatives.

7.1 Reported on Action taken in Closed Session

Unanimously rejected claim on behalf of a former employee. 

Unanimously approved a settlement agreement for Office of Administrative Hearing Case No. 2021120906 for full resolution of claims. 

Unanimously approved an employee separation agreement. 

Unanimously appointed three administrators:

Zahra Pelayo - Assistant Principal, American High School

Jeff Alves - Assistant Principal, Washington High School

Amy Perez - Assistant Principal, Fremont Adult School

8.1 Celebrated the Retiree Recognition

Superintendent Cammack recognized the 107 employees with approximately 2,129 years of collective service and experience with FUSD. He noted the overwhelming impact these employees have had through their service. Our community is grateful for their contributions. 

See video with list of retirees. 

8.2 Heard the Superintendent Report

Superintendent CJ Cammack thanked Principal Kim Pedrotti and Chadbourne for hosting him today. 

Classified School Employee of the Year Nominees for 2022

Announcement of Classified School Employee of the Year winner

He recognized all classified employees ahead of Classified School Employee Week, May 15-21, 2022. These employees are vital to student success.

Superintendent Cammack announced FUSD’s 2022 Classified Employee of the Year: Denise Klawitter. She is a Special Education Paraeducator 1 at Grimmer Elementary. Her outstanding fellow nominees were also recognized: Selvin Diaz - Custodian 1 at Hopkins Junior High, and Betty Ng - Accounting Technician 2 in Budget, Audit and Attendance. Congratulations to each of the nominees, and thank you for your professional dedication and excellence. 

He also noted that FUSD had a productive legislative action visit to Washington, D.C. last week. Representatives met with Congressman Ro Khanna and Congressman Eric Swalwell to advocate for increased funding for Special Education and child nutrition, and action and funding on addressing the digital divide. 

8.3 Heard the Student Member Report

Student Board Member Sissi Zhang provided her first report. All high schools celebrated Teachers Appreciation Week, and have/will have prom. AP exams are happening now. MSJHS is having a senior and alumni panel for students and a talent show. KHS hosted a mental health week. AHS had a night market for clubs to r