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Board Meeting Highlights - March 13, 2019
Posted 3/15/19

At its March 13th meeting, The FUSD Board of Education:


  • Approved Second Interim Budget Report for 2018-19 - The District’s general fund revenues are projected to increase by $2.6 million from the First Interim Budget to $384.9 million. Expenditures are projected to increase by $3.5 million to $396.8 million. Additionally, a proposed salary increase of 2.00% is included, which is equivalent to $6.4 million. As a result of the changes in the revenues and expenditures, the ending fund balance is projected to decrease by approximately $7.4 million from the First Interim Budget. This leaves a reserve of approximately $9.0 million, a decrease of $2.8 million from the First Interim Budget.  The District reserve is projected to be 2.28%. See full presentation here.


  • Received a Presentation on the Schematic Design for the New Construction and Modernization Project at Thornton Middle School (Middle School Conversion) and Provide Direction to Proceed with Field Layout Option 1 - The Board received a presentation on the schematic design for the new construction and modernization project at Thornton Middle School and directed staff to proceed with field layout Option 1. The site currently has a track and baseball field. The existing track and baseball field will be replaced with a new parking lot. Option 1 will replace the existing 333 meter track with a new track of the same length and baseball field. This will achieve parity with the track facilities at the new construction project at Horner Middle School, and sets a standard for future middle school conversions. The estimate for Option 1 is within the project’s $76 million budget. Board approves staff to proceed with Option #1 by 4-1 vote (Trustee Crosbie votes Nay).


  • Authorized Staff to Enter into an Agreement with Blach Construction Company to Provide Lease Lease Back Preconstruction Services for the New Construction and Modernization Project at Thornton Middle School - The Board authorized staff to enter into an agreement with Blach Construction Company in the amount of $451,836 to provide Lease Lease Back (LLB) preconstruction services for the new construction and modernization project at Thornton Middle School. On September 26, 2018, the Board received a presentation on the new construction and modernization project at Thornton and provided direction to proceed with Option 2b at a cost of $76 million. The new conversion project at Thornton is currently in the schematic design phase and is on track to open for the 2021-22 school year. Board approves by 4-1 vote (Trustee Crosbie votes Nay).


  • Received Summer School Presentation for Board Discussion and Provide Direction to Staff - The variety of 2018 summer programs in the district served over 2,500 regular education and special education students. The presentation includes attendance, achievement, and demographic data as well as highlights of programs and recommendations for the future. FUSD currently spends over $1.1 million on summer school each year. Board votes 5-0 to approve staff recommendation with exception of Summer Geometry being brought back as a consent item.


  • Received Mandarin Immersion High School Assignment Options - The Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP) is an alternative educational model designed to provide students with fluency and literacy in two languages. The MIP program in Fremont is a K-8 model, where students in grades K-6 attend Azevada Elementary School and students in grades 7-8 attend Hopkins Junior High School. The first cohort of students in 8th grade will be transitioning to high school in the 2019-20 school year. Board votes 3-2 (Trustees Berke & Jones vote Nay) to create a pilot program for one year for current students to move forward as a cohort to Mission SJ High School and revisit the item in February 2020.


  • Discussed Business Services Division Organization - The current Associate Superintendent oversees nine departments in the District, all of which have a director and requisite staff: Accounting, Budget Audit and Attendance, Child Nutrition Services, Facilities & Construction, Maintenance Operations Grounds, Purchasing, Risk Management, Information Technology, and Transportation. With the impending vacancy in the Associate Superintendent position, the Board has requested to hold a discussion about the organization of the Business Services Division and consider other configurations. Staff has compared organizational charts from several like-sized districts and have developed two potential alternatives (1 & 2) to the current FUSD management organizational chart for Board consideration. Board votes 4-1 (Trustee Campbell votes Nay) to approve Alternative 1.


  • Authorized Staff to Enter into Agreement for Network Electronics Telephone, and Clock/Speaker Hardware for Lila Bringhurst Elementary School, the former Timothy Rix Elementary School, and Carmen R. Melendez Elementary School - Staff recommended Board authorization to enter into an agreement with NetXperts, Inc. in the amount of $913,320.28 for the network electronics, telephones, and clock/speakers, including installation costs for Bringhurst, Rix, and Melendez. Pending Board approval of this recommendation, the District will apply for federal E-rate reimbursement on all eligible costs, which, if approved by USAC, will provide a possible credit of approximately $121,348.


See Video of entire meeting here 


The Board’s next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27th, 6:00pm (time subject to change), at the District Office Board Room – 4210 Technology Dr. – in Fremont.