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Board Meeting Highlights - December 12, 2018


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


  • Appointed Johana Cho as Principal of Lila Bringhurst Elementary School



  • Annual Organization of the Board of Education – New Trustee, Dianne Jones, and returning Trustee, Larry Sweeney, were sworn in for four-year terms. The Board elected Trustee Michele Berke as President, Trustee Desrie Campbell as Vice President and Trustee Larry Sweeney as Clerk.


  • Held a Public Hearing and Adopted the Fund 25 Capital Facilities Fund (Developer Fees) Annual and Five-Year Reports for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2018 - In Fiscal Year 2017-18, the District received a total of $28,716,570 in revenues and expended $15,549,577, thereby increasing the ending fund balance by $13,166,993. The details are shown in the attached report. The accounting of developer fees, as required by law, is made available annually to the public. 


  • Received a Presentation on the Status of the New Construction and Modernization Project and Provide Direction on the Timeline of the Horner Middle School Conversion - The Board received a presentation on the status of the new construction and modernization project and directed staff to postpone the timeline of the Horner Middle School conversion by one year, until fall 2020. Construction remains on schedule but the delay in DSA approval impacted the start of construction at Horner, reducing the overall duration to complete the project prior to the original August 2019 conversion schedule. In order to address other potential impacts resulting from factors such as unusually wet weather conditions, materials procurement challenges due to shortage of raw materials, and delays in utility connections, staff prepared an option to delay the middle school conversion until 2020-21. By pursuing this proposed alternate plan, some project costs will be credited back to the District. This alternate plan will allow for substantial completion of all core facilities and a safer transition because construction will be minimized around the student population. Board members mentioned they spoke with the principal, who supported the delay and also cited optimized student safety, the number of other construction projects, and ample time remaining to inform parents and adjust staffing needs accordingly as reasons to modify the Horner conversion timetable now. The schedule for the District’s other four middle school conversions remains unchanged. See presentation here.


  • Approved First Interim Budget Report for 2018-19 - The District’s general fund revenues are projected to increase by $11.1 million from the Adopted Budget to $382.3 million. Expenditures are projected to increase by $22.4 million to $393.3 million. As a result of the changes in the revenues and expenditures, the ending fund balance is projected to decrease by approximately $6.3 million from the Adopted Budget. This leaves a reserve of approximately $11.8 million, an increase of $0.7 million from the Adopted Budget.  The District reserve is projected to remain at 3%. A multi-year budget projection (MYP) was prepared to determine if the District will be able to meet its financial commitments for the two (2) projected years. The assumptions used in preparing the MYP are detailed on page 78 of the attached First Interim Budget Report. In order to maintain a 3% reserve in 2019-20 and 2020-21, the District must reduce its expenditures and/or enhance its revenues by $0.5 million and an additional $1.7 million, respectively. These amounts are based on the latest State budget projections from the Department of Finance. The Governor is scheduled to announce the State budget proposals for 2019-20 in January 2019, and these amounts may change accordingly based on the proposed funding for Proposition 98. See full presentation here.


  • Authorized Staff to Amend the Prequalification Process in Compliance with California Public Contract Code 20111.6 - The Board authorized staff to amend the prequalification process in compliance with California Public Contract Code 20111.6. In order to simplify the prequalification process and to attract additional competitive pool of prequalified contractors and subcontractors, staff recommends revisions to the pre-qualification tiers, as described in this exhibit. The new standards reduce the number of tiers and widen the ranges to encourage more contractors and subcontractors to bid on projects.


See Video of entire meeting here 


The Board’s next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16th, 6:00pm (time subject to change), at the District Office Board Room – 4210 Technology Dr. – in Fremont.