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Board Highlights - April 12th, 2017


At its April 12th meeting, The FUSD Board of Education:

Approved administrative appointments - Superintendent Morris announced the approval of three administrative appointments: Annie Lee was named Principal of Weibel Elementary School effective July 1st, Robertson High School Vice Principal Heidi McFadden was named Principal of the Fremont Adult School; and Jamie Shimomura was named Assistant Principal at Brier Elementary School.

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4 Read Resolution honoring Alameda County Classified Employee of the Year - Dr. Morris and Board President Ann Crosbie read a Resolution honoring Brookvale Elementary School Secretary, Lena Anderson, who was named Alameda County Office of Education School Classified Employee of the Year in the category of Office and Technical. 



Approved Mandarin language immersion course of study at Hopkins Junior High School - Secondary schools annually submit requests for new courses of study to be added to the course catalog. Secondary Education added the Mandarin Dual Immersion course to the adopted Junior High Catalog. The course description for Mandarin Language Arts also needs to be adopted. Students taking this course have been receiving instruction in Mandarin Language Arts through their enrollment in the Mandarin Dual Immersion program at the elementary school level.​ See attached Course of Study document for details on this course.

Appointed new Superintendent of Schools and approved the Terms of Agreement of the contract - Superintendent Morris announced that he will be leaving Fremont Unified School District at the close of the 2016-2017 school year. The Fremont Unified School District employs the Superintendent of Schools. The Superintendent serves on a limited-term contract that is approved by the Board of Education. The Board of Education will take action to appoint Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Kim Wallace, as the new Superintendent of Fremont Unified School District. The contract for the Superintendent of Schools will cover the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019, at an annual base salary of $295,000. See video here.

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Received application and selected alternate member for Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC)Board elects Carla Cox as Parent Member–Alternate.

Authorized staff to amend Agreement with ATI Architects for Priority 2, Package 2 -Information Technology (IT) Upgrade Projects at Irvington High School, Grimmer, and Weibel Elementary Schools and Priority 2, Package 4 IT Upgrade Projects at Washington High School, Oliveira, Parkmont, and Patterson Elementary Schools - The Board of Trustees previously authorized the development of district standard specifications for low voltage projects. These standard specifications helped ensure that the technology and infrastructure deployed at each site was consistent, compatible, and would meet the District’s long-term bandwidth requirements. These standards were incorporated into the Priority 2, Package 2 and Priority 2, Package 4 IT Upgrade projects via amendments to the ATI agreement on June 29, 2016. Since the incorporation of those standards, ATI was asked to make a number of changes to the design which could reduce construction costs and incorporate infrastructure for future anticipated work.

In addition to ATI Architects, there are two other architects currently working on other IT project packages: SVA Architects and LCA Architects. Staff is evaluating the projects of SVA and LCA and best practices to incorporate into construction projects that are currently underway to maintain consistency of all IT Upgrade projects in the District. Staff will provide the Board with project updates if any future budget allocations are needed.  In some cases construction cost savings may be realized resulting from these value engineering practices.

Staff recommends the approval of the amendment to the agreement with ATI Architects for the revised scope of work. The cost of this amendment is $281,211 for both packages mentioned above. These amendments will be funded from the previously approved budget for these projects and do not require additional budget allocation. However, the increase in design scope may either increase the future construction cost or generate some savings, which will be determined once the design is completed.


Authorized staff to enter into an Agreement with Vila Construction, Inc. for the construction of the Walters Middle School Conversion – Modernization Project - The District implemented a bidding process for the selection of the lowest responsible bidder for the project. Bid documents can be accessed here. Two bids were received on the bid date of March 10, 2017.


Bid Amount

Vila Construction, Inc.


Rodan Builders


Staff recommends entering into an agreement with Vila Construction, Inc. for the Walters Junior High School modernization project in the amount of $10,489,700. The cost of this work is within the budget for the project. The scope of the Project Stabilization Agreement (PSA) includes construction projects that are approved by the Division of State Architect (DSA) after the PSA becomes effective.


Discussed proposal for integrated alternative education programs at FUSD - Adult Education in Fremont serves approximately 5,000 students in programs such as Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, Parent Education and High School Diploma. Robertson Continuation School is an alternative placement for high school students who have not been successful at the comprehensive high school and an independent study program. Staff has proposed that both of these programs and possibly others might be better served on one comprehensive site that may allow a more efficient service to our community. This could involve placing Robertson at the Adult School site and freeing up the current Robertson site for an Elementary school. Staff proposed a two-year process with Phase 1 beginning now through the end of the 2017-18 school year and Phase 2 being implemented in the 2018-2019 school year. Staff presented information on the current district alternative models, benefits to integrating the programs, Phase 1 Planning, and Phase 2 Implementation.


See Video of entire meeting here 


The Board’s next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th, 6:30pm (time subject to change), at the District Office Board Room – 4210 Technology Dr. – in Fremont.