Update child care services at our schools 1/15/16
At its January 13th meeting, the FUSD Board of Education voted to approve the creation of a Joint Use Request for Proposal (RFP) document to be sent out to potential before and after school providers in the community. I would like to take a moment to explain what this decision does – and does not – mean for our families that currently utilize child care services at our schools.
- This decision was made for no other reason than to ensure our families have access to the best child care options possible. We are coming to the end of a number of ten-year leases. It is our opinion that a decade is an appropriate amount of time to evaluate our programs and invite other providers who may have the ability to offer other services and resources to submit proposals and potentially enhance our child care service.
- This decision does not mean there will be any immediate changes in child care providers, or disruption of services during the current school year. While the majority of child care provider leases expire on March 1st, 2016, the District will certainly extend the leases under their current terms through June 2016, to allow families a consistent option through the end of the school year. Any changes will go into effect no earlier than the start of the 2016-17 school year.
- This decision does not in any way result from any dissatisfaction with our child care providers. Our District is very fortunate to have quality organizations available on our campuses and we do not take that for granted. It is certainly likely that our current providers can continue without interruption after submitting their respective RFPs.
- This decision was not fueled by a need to make money. The terms of our leases charge a minimal monthly fee to offset District costs. While that amount may be adjusted to meet rising costs, our motivation in this decision was not revenue-based. However, as the custodians of some increasingly valuable real estate in the growing Fremont community, we do feel a responsibility to the taxpayers to ensure our land and facilities are being utilized in ways that provide the best services for our students and families.
I realize this decision has caused some anxiety and I hope the above information will help alleviate those feelings. Please feel free to contact the District with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support of FUSD
Dr. Jim Morris