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Board Highlights - November 15, 2017


At its November 15th meeting, The FUSD Board of Education:


New Irvington High School Principal Amanda Melsby Approved Administrative Appointment - The Board voted unanimously to appoint Amanda Melsby as the new Principal of Irvington High School effective immediately. Melsby is currently serving as Assistant Principal at American High School.


Received Annual Demographic Study Including Enrollment and Classroom Staffing Projection - The District contracts with Cooperative Strategies to perform demographic study and enrollment analysis and projections. For the last 10 years, the District's enrollment has grown by 11%, or nearly 3,600 students, of which about 3,100 students was from the last seven years. On October 26, 2016, staff submitted to the Board the enrollment projection, which estimated 41,143 students in year 2023-24.  This represents an increase of 6,311 students or 18.1% from 2016-17. The updated demographic study has been completed, and shows that the District will continue to experience increased enrollment for the next seven years. Attached are Exhibits A and B, which show the detailed enrollment projection by School of Attendance and School of Residence, respectively. The staff used the demographic study enrollment projection to calculate the number of classroom teachers needed for the succeeding three years. Additionally, the staff analyzed the sufficiency of teaching stations at each site and has determined where additional classrooms may be needed. The following class sizes were used in determining the number of classroom teachers:


Class Size

















7-12 Ratio



The attached Exhibit C shows the staffing analysis for elementary schools and the availability of teaching stations.  The analysis shows that at some schools, the teachings stations won't be sufficient based on the projected enrollment and the class size listed above.  However, there are sufficient teaching stations within each attendance area. The attached Exhibit D shows the staffing analysis for secondary schools.  Horner and Centerville Junior High, and American High school show an increase in staffing due to enrollment growth.  The new building with 18 classrooms at American High School will be available before the fall of 2018 and will be able to accommodate the increase in staffing.  Staff will further evaluate the capacities at Horner and Centerville Junior High and will bring recommendation at the future board meeting for additional classrooms if necessary. Other schools have decreases in staffing and some have minimal increases that could be accommodated with the existing capacities.


Authorized Staff to Enter into a Design Build Agreement with Rodan Builders, Inc. and SVA Architects, Inc. ("Design Build Entity") for Construction of the New Science Laboratory Building at Washington High School - On January 25, 2017, the Board of Trustees selected a project for a two-story building with six science laboratories/classrooms and six standard classrooms. The budget approved was $13.3M. Staff recommended and the Board of Trustees approved funding this project from the remaining Measure E program contingency fund. The Board of Trustees authorized Staff to review design-build teams and to bring forward a recommendation for future Board approval. On a qualitative basis, the selection committee scored the Blach/QKA proposal highest. Below is a summary of the pricing provided for the 12-classroom project. See presentation here.


Firm Name

Proposed Design and Construction Cost

(12 classrooms) 

Blach/ QKA


Rodan/ SVA



Motion to proceed with 12-classroom plan with total costs not to exceed $15.4 million. Motion approved by 5-0 vote.


Received Mandarin Immersion Program Presentation - The K-6 Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP) started its inaugural class in the 2010-2011 school year at Azevada Elementary School.  Since then, the program has expanded into Junior High School with the first 7th-grade class opening at Hopkins Junior High in the 2017-2018 school year.  FUSD now offers a K-8 Mandarin Immersion Program for families who are interested in having their students learn English and Mandarin. The goals of MIP are for students to become bilingual and bi-literate in both languages. The Board received a presentation on the Mandarin Immersion Program including current enrollment, possible solutions for expansion at both the elementary and junior high level, curriculum update, priority standards, and high school pathways. 


Authorized Staff to Enter Into an Agreement with the City of Fremont - Youth and Family Services (YFS) is a division of the Human Services Department of the City of Fremont.  It has served the mental health needs of the community since 1973, and is committed to providing quality, affordable mental health and related services for Fremont residents, with a special emphasis on Fremont youth. In a partnership between YFS and 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 the Healthy Choices Program and additional services offered to FUSD students. Task Order #13 is for Youth and Family Services (YFS) and Fremont Family Resource Center (FRC) divisions of the Human Services Division of the City of Fremont to provide programs for Fremont USD students for the 2017-2018 school year. The first four programs are funded through the task order for a total of $315,442. The additional programs listed are acknowledged in Task Order#13, but funded in part or solely through contracts with other entities.

  1. Healthy Choices School 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 2017-2018 school year, ten Fremont schools will participate in the program and receive on-site services two days per week. The sites requesting these services have agreed to cover the cost of an on-site counseling intern for the 2017-2018 school year from their own school budgets (total $92,000).
  2. 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 24 hours per week during the school year. Kennedy High School will pay a total of $73,865 to cover the cost associated with staff salary, benefits, and overhead.
  3. The Grant provided by the Alameda County to the City of Fremont will cover the salary and benefits ($134,577) of a Student/Parent Engagement Specialist for 2017-2018. This is a continuing position from 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. 
  4. The Chinese Parenting Program will provide ten culturally-responsive, three-part workshops throughout the school year at school campuses, the Fremont Family Resource Center, and local community centers.  $15,000 has been allocated from the LCAP Goal 4, Action 3 budget and the City of Fremont will contribute $15,000 in matching funds to support this program (total $30,000).


Also included in this agreement but funded through outside contracts are:

  • The Self-Injury Support Project - Provides early intervention screening of students throughout FUSD for self-injurious behaviors; consultation with students and parents; educational workshops and consultation for school staff and parents; and a public awareness campaign - Services will be provided through a $30,000 Kaiser Grant Award.
  • The Fremont Youth Empowerment Academy (classroom instruction, work experience and activities for youth on probation and foster youth) - Alameda County Health Care Services will provide an additional $14,905 to support this program.
  • The Adolescent Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Program (early intervention for substance use) - Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services will fund this service in the amount of $36,817.


Data reflects that children receiving counseling and other early intervention services are making statistically significant gains in social and emotional health, education and development, and pro-social behavior. Families who receive family support services report improvements in family stability related to housing, improved employment, and food and clothing outcomes. In addition, students in these families show improvements in emotional status (confidence, motivation and ability to get along with others and their families).The City of Fremont's ongoing partnership with the Fremont Unified School District 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.


Authorized Staff to Enter Into an Agreement with CircleUp Education for Professional Development for the 2017-18 School Year - The District's LCAP allocated $75,000 for the 2016-17 school year to promote Restorative Practices, Diversity, Social Equity, and Interpersonal Skills. During the 2016-17 school year, CircleUp Education provided professional development to administrators, staff, and students at Durham Elementary, Irvington High School, and Robertson High School in the areas of creating equitable, interconnected and thriving environments through training, coaching, and consulting services. During the 2016-17 school year, the Office for Civil Rights sought to proactively review and assess the District's response to incidents of harassment based on race, color, or national origin.  District staff found that CircleUp Education could provide appropriate services to staff for the 2017-18 school year.


Based on the success of the program at pilot schools during the 2016-17 school year, the program will continue with the pilot schools and expand to Vallejo Mill Elementary School and Thornton Junior High School for the 2017-18 school year. A committee consisting of 12-17 District office staff members will also receive similar, ongoing training on restorative practices. $130,800 has been budgeted for training for District Restorative Practices for the 2017-18 school year. In addition, CircleUp will provide a roadmap of actions that will strengthen the District's response to reported incidents of bullying/harassment.  CircleUp will design professional development for staff to reinforce and strengthen the District's commitment to creating safe and welcome learning environments for all students.  $21,144.64 has been allocated for diversity training for administrators to be held four times during the 2017-18 school year.


Item passes by 3-2 vote (Trustees Campbell & Sweeney vote Nay).


Approved Memorandum of Understanding for Educationally Related Mental Health Services between Behavioral Health Care Services, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, and FUSD - The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS), Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (ACHCS), and FUSD provides for the coordination and provision of Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) for students who require mental health related services as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) that are provided by BHCS. This MOU specifies the terms and conditions for the provision of the mental health service through the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, which were previously known as AB3634 services, and are now known as Educationally Related Mental Health Services. Fremont Unified has had this MOU since 2011 when AB 114 went into effect. Fremont Unified has been working on the current MOU since the fall of 2016 and County Counsel for BHCS and the Special Education Local Plan Area’s legal counsel have all reviewed the MOU and cleared it. While Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services has continued to provide case management, counseling services, and the processing of our mental health referrals, the fiscal responsibility for the cost of services is the responsibility of the school district, based on student referrals and eligible services and programs. The MOU agreement previously approved and in place expired on June 30, 2017. 


See Video of entire meeting here 


The Board’s next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 6:00pm (time subject to change), at the District Office Board Room – 4210 Technology Dr. – in Fremont.