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Board Meeting Highlights - May 20, 2020
Posted 5/22/20

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


Approved Administrative Appointments – The Board unanimously approved the Administrative Appointment of five positions for the 2020-21 School Year:

  • Sumeyye Cardakali – Assistant Principal at American High School - Cardakali comes to the District with 11 years of teaching experience and 2 years of administrative experience.  Ms. Cardakali has a strong background in mathematics and curriculum.  She has taught in Milpitas Unified and San Ramon Valley Unified.  She is currently working in Berkeley Unified as a mathematics administrator. 
  • Katy Carter – Principal at Mission San Jose Elementary - Carter has 20 years’ experience in education with the District to include classroom teacher, instructional coach, Interim Principal and most recently Assistant Principal at Warm Springs Elementary. 
  • Pamela Hughes – Principal at Gomes Elementary - Hughes comes to the District with over 23 years of experience in Newark Unified.  Mrs. Hughes was an elementary teacher for 10 years prior to moving into an administrative role.  She has been the principal of Lincoln and Kennedy Elementary schools in Newark.  She served in both positions for 7 years each. 
  • George Vuong – Assistant Principal at American High School/Thornton Junior High School - Vuong is currently serving as a vice principal in the Saratoga Union School District.  Prior to serving as an administrator, Mr. Vuong taught High School English within the Palo Alto Unified School District.  
  • Brian Walton – Assistant Principal at Irvington High School/Horner Middle School - Walton has 15 years of teaching experience ranging from elementary school through middle school.  He is currently employed as an instructional coach within San Jose Unified School District.  In 2010 he was Teacher of the Year for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland and in 2007 he was a Fulbright Fellow for a study abroad in West Africa.  


Received SB-117 COVID-19 LEA Funding and Approve Proposed Budget Allocations - The district has received an allocation from SB 117 totaling $594,013. The funds have been budgeted into placeholder line items in order to address the multiple needs and requirements in response to COVID 19. The budget details provide information on the intended use of funds. The district continues to keep pace with the demands district-wide. The funding priorities include areas such as food services, internet connectivity, instructional computers, personal protection equipment, staff overtime, and software.  


Received an Update on Fremont Unified School District's Preparedness during COVID-19 School Closures


Received Governor’s 2020-21 May Revision Highlights - On May 14, 2020, Governor Newsom released a significantly revised state budget amid the coronavirus pandemic, which projects General Fund revenues decline over $41 billion over the current and budget fiscal years, and when combined with COVID-19 expenses, the projected budget deficit of about $54 billion that will need to be addressed. Governor Newsom’s revised State Budget proposes a multiyear effort to address the state’s budget shortfall through a combination of efforts. This includes drawing down reserves from the State Budget Stabilization Account over the next three years but uses all of the funds in the public education’s Rainy Day Fund immediately, canceling planned program expansions and new programs that were proposed in the January Budget proposal, making programmatic reductions across almost all government programs, and deferring payments such as K–12 and community college apportionments. Staff will be evaluating and reviewing the impacts on the District’s budget and will incorporate those impacts as part of the June 3, 2020 Preliminary Budget Presentation. See presentation here.


Received Mission Valley ROP Career Technical Education Presentation


Authorized Staff to Enter Into an Agreement with Herff Jones for Virtual Graduation Ceremonies for the FUSD High Schools - Given the current global uncertainty and considering guidelines and recommendations from the Alameda County Public Health Department and the Fremont Police Department, the only guaranteed method to deliver a safe and celebratory graduation at this time is via a virtual platform. After the initial release the link will be available on school and district websites and the community can view the ceremonies at any time they wish. See sample here. Note – This method will be used as a contingency in the event planned ‘drive-thru’ graduation ceremonies are prohibited by changes in health guidelines.


Received Update on the Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP) and Discuss and Approve Program Plans for the 2020-2021 School Year - The MIP program has become a very popular program in FUSD.  For the last couple of years, the program has experienced an extensive waitlist of students wanting to enter into the program.  Currently, Azevada Elementary has two MIP classes for grades K-6.  The two classes per grade level are not enough to keep up with the demand of the program.  Staff has met and heard from the MIP community regarding the need to expand the program to accommodate the families who are on a waiting list to enter the program. The Board requested staff continue the review of the Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP) based on the presentation at the March 11, 2020, Board meeting. Soon thereafter on March 16, 2020, FUSD initiated school closure due to COVID 19. For the last couple of years, the program has experienced an extensive waitlist of students wanting to enter into the program. The Board was informed there are 54 students in kindergarten on the waitlist. Staff reviewed further options and presented two options to the Board for their consideration:

  1. Based on the short turnaround from March 11, 2020 and the many circumstances thrusted upon FUSD due to COVID 19, staff could continue to review the Mandarin Immersion Program during the 2020 - 2021 school year to provide a long term solution and hold off on making any changes. Staff will create a task force to study possible options for the 2021 - 2022 school year and make a recommendation to the Board in February 2021. 
  2. Open one classroom at Azevada for 48 of the 54 kindergartners on the waitlist as a short term, one-year solution.

Board approves Option #2 by 3-2 vote.


Approval of FUSD & FUDTA: Tentative Agreement for Special Education Stipend, Years of Experience, Salary, and Furloughs, Article 11.4 for Grades, and Tentative Agreement for Instructional Calendars 2020/21, 2021/22, 2022/23 & 2023/24 - FUSD and FUDTA entered into a Tentative Agreement to establish an annual instructional calendar for the 2020/21, 2021/22, 2022/23 school years, and to establish guidelines for the 2023/24 school calendar. 


Received a Presentation on the Modernization and New Construction Project at Thornton Middle School (Thornton) - As the project has progressed, it has experienced several challenges that have impacted the project budget and overall design. Staff is presenting the current progress that has been made on the design and development of the project and provide a current budget overview.


Authorized Staff to Enter Into an Agreement with Raibon & Associates for Environmental Services - In order to comply with all legal requirements related to hazardous waste disposal, and to address increased disposal requirements as a result of growth in student population, staff recommends Board authorization to enter into a three-year agreement with Raibon & Associates for environmental services through June 30, 2022 for a total cost of $120,000. The proposed agreement represents an annual not-to-exceed amount of $40,000. The actual cost to the District is measured and billed in time and volume of disposal.



See Video of entire meeting here 


The Board’s next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd, 6:00pm (time subject to change), at the District Office Board Room – 4210 Technology Dr. – in Fremont.