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Board Meeting Highlights - November 20, 2019
Posted 11/22/19

Board Meeting Highlights – November 20, 2019

 

 

At its November 20th meeting, The FUSD Board of Education:

 

  • Approved Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between FUSD & FUDTA: Article 8.12 Child and Family Care Leave – FUSD and FUDTA reached agreement to add language, following the original language in Article 8.12. The proposed language will be integrated into the Collective Bargaining Agreement at the next ratification in 2021.

 

  • Approved Resolution No. 017-1920: Resolution of the Board of Education of the Fremont Unified School District Call for a March 3, 2010 Parcel Tax Election – The resolution(s) before the Board call for an election within the District for the purpose of approving a nine year parcel tax at a rate of either $96 or $296, requests that the Alameda County Registrar of Voters conduct the election on behalf of the District, and authorizes the preparation of election materials, including ballot arguments, to be included in the ballot pamphlet. State law requires the Board of Trustees to order district parcel tax elections. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters will conduct the election on behalf of the District, including publishing all required notices. If approved by the voters, the parcel tax will be effective July 1, 2020.  In the resolution(s) the District commits to establish a citizens’ oversight committee to oversee the expenditure of the parcel tax revenues. Board votes 5-0 to approve Resolution calling for a $296 parcel tax to appear on the November 2020 ballot.

 

  • Held a Second Public Hearing not earlier than 7:00 p.m. and present Map Options to Receive Public Testimony Concerning Proposed Trustee Voting Area Plans Associated with the District's Transition to a By-Trustee Area Election System – The Governing Board convened its second public hearing on map options to receive public testimony concerning proposed trustee voting area plans associated with the District's transition to a by-trustee area election system. As the District continues to move through the process of transitioning to "by-Trustee-area" elections under the legal requirements of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), an additional map option to the community for study and input. All five of the map options being considered meet the legal requirements outlined in CVRA. The District is providing this second of three in-person opportunities to the community to review and provide feedback before the Board of Education votes on December 10, 2019 for a map that will be put into effect for the November 2020 Board elections. Please find map options for your consideration here:  Transition to a New System of Electing Governing Board Members.

 

  • Received a Presentation and Approve the New Construction and Modernization Project at Centerville Middle School (Middle School Conversion Project) Schematic Design and Authorize Staff to Proceed with Design Development – The Board received a presentation on the schematic design for the new construction and modernization project at Centerville Middle School. This follows the June 26, 2019 selection of Option 2d by the Board with a budget of $87.2 million. The school’s site committee provided feedback that was incorporated into the design and balances the various program needs of the site while staying within budget. The Board approved the schematic design of the project with the exception of the drama classroom instructional and performance space, which the Board asked staff to reevaluate. Staff will bring back options and costs to the Board for further consideration.

 

  • Authorized Staff to Enter into an Agreement with Roebbelen Construction Management Services, Inc. for Design and Bidding Phases Construction Management Services for the New Construction and Modernization Project at Centerville Middle School (Middle School Conversion) – The Board authorized staff to enter into an agreement with Roebbelen Construction Management Services, Inc. in the amount of $299,637 for design and bidding phases construction management (CM) services for the new construction and modernization project at Centerville Middle School. The scope of CM services will be for pre-construction services through completion of the bid process. A future planned amendment to add services for construction administration and final close-out will be brought to the Board. The cost for these services is within the budget for this project.

 

  • Authorized Staff to Amend the Agreement with Rodan Builders, Inc. for the New Construction Project at Walters Middle School (Middle School Conversion) – The Board authorized staff to amend the agreement with Rodan Builders, Inc., for an amount not to exceed $533,248 for the new construction project at Walters Middle School. On July 31, 2019, the Board authorized the takeover agreement with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for the modernization project at Walters from Vila Construction, Inc. to RJT Construction. RJT failed to complete some of the specified scope time for school opening. As a result, some scope from the project was completed by Rodan, the contractor for the new construction project. The increased cost is related to design coordination issues, District-requested additional scope, and work that was not completed by RJT. The total contract amount is now $19,225,032 and is within the budget for the project.

 

  • Authorized Staff to Enter Into Agreements with Non-Public Agencies and Non-Public Schools for 2019-2020 – FUSD currently has students whose least restrictive environment per IDEA was determined to be placement in a Non-Public School setting due to a significant disability, or behavioral or programmatic needs that have impacted their current ability to be successful within the general education setting. In addition, FUSD currently needs to contract out for additional services through Non-Public Agencies, despite efforts to employ district staff, including, but not limited to: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Assistive Technology, Speech/Language, 1:1 Nursing, and Physical Therapy services.

 

  • Approved the First Reading of Revised Board Policy 6146, Graduation Requirements for High School Students and Review the Administrative Regulation The existing policy and regulations do not address recent legislation which allows for the exemption of coursework and graduation requirements for students whose families are military, foster youth, homeless, students who have attended a juvenile court school, migrant, and newly arrived immigrants who have transferred schools after their second year of high school. Additionally, the required units for graduation from Fremont Adult School have been revised to be in alignment with surrounding adult education programs in the Southern Alameda County Consortium (SACC), along with Union City and Newark.  Within each consortium, schools try to match their graduation requirements so that students will remain in the district for which they attended high school as they attempt to work toward their diploma. This change will bring Fremont Adult School into alignment with schools in our consortium. Item fails by 2-3 vote (Trustees Berke, Campbell & Sweeney vote Nay). Board votes 4-1 (Trustee Crosbie votes Nay) to approve first reading with amendment as noted in the minutes and collection of data for QUEST.

 

  • Approved the First Reading of Revised Board Policy 6146.1, Graduation Requirements for High School Students/Alternative Methods for Earning High School Course Credit and Review Administrative Regulation The existing policy and regulations make reference to processes which are no longer applicable. The revised Board Policy and Administrative Regulation have been updated to reflect current language and practices which support students who need to earn additional credits from outside institutions in pursuit of a high school diploma. 

 

  • Approved the First Reading of Revised Board Policies 5123, Promotion/Acceleration/Retention and Review Administrative Regulation The existing policy and regulations make references to requirements for promotion, retention, and acceleration which have changed as a result of the district’s incorporation of standards based assessment. The revised Board Policy and Administrative Regulation have been updated to reflect the recommended California School Boards Association policy and district needs, including clarifying grade levels where students may be retained or accelerated, addressing changes associated with the transition from junior high to middle schools, and updating of forms related to promotion, retention, and acceleration.

 

  • Adopted Resolution 016-1920, School Board Resolution in Support of Census 2020 - Alameda County Office of Education is working with Alameda County school districts in an effort to promote the 2020 Census with District families to ensure that communities are completely and accurately counted in the upcoming Census. The Census is critically important for ensuring that districts receive fair federal funding for all students and that California is adequately represented in Congress. Alameda County is asking all districts assist in this effort by passing a Census resolution and holding their own Census week activities during the months of March and April in 2020 when the Census is being conducted. More about ACOE's efforts to promote the Census at https://www.acoe.org/census

 

See Video of entire meeting here 

 

The Board’s next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10th, 6:00pm (time subject to change), at the District Office Board Room – 4210 Technology Dr. – in Fremont.