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Board Meeting Highlights - January 10, 2018


At its January 10th meeting, The FUSD Board of Education:


Approved Administrative Appointment - The Board voted unanimously to appoint Jorge Gonzalez as Principal of Patterson Elementary School effective immediately. Gonzalez was previously serving as Assistant Principal at Warm Springs Elementary School.


Reviewed Facilities Advisory Committee Proposed Bylaws - Staff developed the proposed bylaws for the FAC for Board review and approval, set forth as an exhibit to the agenda item. Once approved, staff will solicit applications from the community for the establishment of the inaugural FAC. After discussion, Board returned Bylaws to staff with recommended changes.


Received Presentation on Workforce Housing Employee Survey Results and Financing Concept - In an effort to create a sustainable strategy for recruiting and retaining quality high-quality teachers, administrators and other employees, FUSD proposed to conduct a study of select sites to better understand which sites have the greatest potential for the development of workforce housing. District staff selected eleven sites to be studied, including the “Optional Area” of the Fremont Boulevard site, the frontage of Ohlone College, which was the focus of a recently released Request for Proposal (“RFP”), a portion of the Ardenwood Boulevard site and portions of eight elementary schools with over 10.5 acres of property, comprised of the following school sites: Blacow, Durham, Green, Grimmer, Gomes, Mission Valley, Vallejo Mill, and Warm Springs. The outcome of the feasibility study was to identify one or more optimal sites which would merit a more in-depth feasibility analysis which would include, but not necessarily be limited to: civil engineer studies, traffic studies, environmental assessment, funding analysis, and geotechnical and other soils studies.


On June 7, 2017, the Board of Education received a presentation by Dutra Cerro Graden on a workforce housing study, at which time, the next steps included conducting a survey of District employees, and identifying viable options to proceed with a potential workforce housing project. Staff has reviewed the survey responses and has prepared a graphic analysis of the results. In addition, staff has explored other concept to finance the workforce housing. Staff requested that the Board receive the workforce housing employee survey results and financing concept presentation and provide direction on its preferred next steps. Board votes 5-0 to request staff look at a joint effort on the Isherwood site with the City of Fremont.


Approved the High School Science Course Sequence - In 2013, the California State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS describe the key scientific ideas and practices that all students should learn by the time they graduate from high school and are now the required science content standards for all districts in California. The high school standards in NGSS are written as grade span 9–12 and unlike past science standards, require “all standards for all students.” Furthermore, the NGSS include additional science content previously not addressed in most high school programs. As a result, the development of new science courses is necessary. When developing these courses and the course sequence, the Instructional Services Department utilized the three course model from the SBE adopted California Science Framework. This model includes Physics in the Universe, Living Earth, and Chemistry of Earth Systems. The decision of how to order these courses was made based on the input of the Science Curriculum Council, high school administrators, and parents. High school science teachers across the District have also had opportunities to provide input into the decision-making process. See presentation here.


Received Quarterly Report on Child Nutrition Services (CNS) Program from Sodexo School Services - On May 24, 2017, the Board of Education authorized staff to submit a Request for Proposal for consulting services for the 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. On August 23, 2017, the Board of Education authorized staff to enter into agreement with Sodexo School Services (Sodexo) to provide food service management services for the District. Sodexo staff has prepared and will present its quarterly report of the CNS program.  Additionally, Sodexo prepared a detailed report of its assessment and evaluation of the CNS program and its recommendations.


Held Public Hearing on the Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) Equivalent Report for Construction Projects at Walters Junior High School - Earth Systems Pacific prepared the PEA Equivalent Report for submittal to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) in general accordance with the guidelines of the DTSC, as detailed in the PEA Guidance Manual. FUSD has made the PEA Equivalent Report available for public review and comment pursuant to Option A as set forth in Education Code. The PEA Equivalent Report and supporting documents are available for review at the Fremont Unified School District Education Center, and at the Alameda County Library - Fremont Main Library.  The documents can also be accessed online at the District website by clicking here or through the DTSC EnviroStor database by clicking here.


Authorized Staff to Enter into an Agreement with Strawn Construction for the Horner Middle School Conversion Project Increment #1 - On September 19, 2017, the Division of State Architect (DSA) approved the Horner middle school conversion project increment #1. The scope of increment #1 includes the site utilities and site grading. Construction of the new buildings, landscaping, paving, etc are included in a future project currently under review by DSA. The District implemented a bidding process for the selection of the lowest responsible bidder for the Horner middle school conversion project increment #1. The bid was issued in accordance with Public Contract Code, Section 20111. Bid documents can be accessed here. Three bids were received on the bid date of December 4, 2017.


Staff recommended entering into an agreement with Strawn Construction Builders for the Horner middle school conversion project increment #1 in the amount of $4,443,680. 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 DSA after the PSA becomes effective.



See Video of entire meeting here 


The Board’s next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 6:00pm (time subject to change), at the District Office Board Room – 4210 Technology Dr. – in Fremont.