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Board Meeting Highlights - January 20, 2021
Posted 1/21/21

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

Reviewed the District's 2019-20 Audit Report – The District's independent auditor, Eide Bailly LLP, has conducted an audit of the district's financial statement and records for fiscal year 2019-20.  The results of the audit and expressed opinion of Eide Bailly LLP are provided in the attached audit report. Eide Bailly LLP issued an "Unmodified Opinion" report for the district meaning the financial statements are presented fairly and in accordance with the applicable financial reporting framework.

Received Annual Demographic Study Including Enrollment and Classroom Staffing Projection – FUSD currently contracts with Davis Demographics & Planning, Inc. (DDP) to update and analyze demographic data relevant to the District’s facility planning efforts. The purpose of this report is to identify and inform the District of the trends occurring in the community; how these trends may affect future student population; and to assist in illustrating facility adjustments that may be necessary to accommodate the potential student population shifts. From 2010-11 to 2017-18 (8 years), the District's enrollment had grown from 32,368 to 35,124 students.  This represented an increase of 8.51% or 2,756 students. However, beginning in 2018-19, the district has experienced an unexpected and ongoing decline in enrollment which is expected to continue through 2027.  Since 2018-19, the district has lost approximately 555 students. The projected enrollment for 2021-22 is 34,569 students and represents a year-over-year projected decrease of 86 students. The projected enrollment in 2027-28 (7 years) is 31,993 students, a decrease of 2,662 from 2020-21 or -8.32%. See Board presentation here.

Received Budget Update – On January 8, 2021, the Governor announced the State budget proposal for 2021-22. On January 15, 2021, the Associate Superintendent and staff attended a workshop provided by School Services of California, which highlighted the details of the Governor's proposal. Staff provided the Board of Education and the community with a presentation on the potential impact of the Governor's Proposed Budget to Fremont Unified School District.

Future Return to In-Person Instruction Update – The Alameda County Office of Education and Alameda County Public Health continue to make adjustments to the guidance and regulations related to returning students to campus for in-person instruction. On Thursday, January 14, 2021, The California Department of Public Health published their COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year, which is connected to Governor Newsom's Safe Schools for All plan. Staff presented information to the Board of Education regarding Governor Newsom's Safe Schools for All plan and changes in regulations/guidance from the California Department of Public Health. Additionally, staff will update the Board of Education on current progress on comprehensive plans for a safe return to in-person instruction. See presentation here.

Reevaluation/Envisioning of the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program – A School Resource Officer (SRO) was assigned to each of the six high schools and served all schools and offices throughout the District. The mission of the SRO unit was to ensure a safe learning environment for students, teachers, and school administrators. The School Resource Officer (SRO) Task Force was established at the direction of the Board. The Task Force was established to review the SRO program, consider modifications, and make recommendations to the Board of Education regarding the program. The Task Force met on September 24, October 8 and October 29, 2020, and drafted their recommendations. At its November 12, 2020, Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees took action to accept the recommendations of the School Resources Officer Task Force and approved the elimination of the School Resources Officer Program. At its December 16, 2020, board meeting, the Board took action to bring the agenda item back to the Board. The Board of Education has requested this prior agenda topic return for discussion and possible action. The Board was asked to review the prior Board decision to accept the School Resource Officer Task Force recommendations, and take action related to the School Resource Officer program, and/or any related School Resource Task Force recommendations. See presentation here. Board votes 4-1 to reinstate SRO Program with no funding by FUSD while in shelter-in-place and begin discussions to review parameters with the City and Police Department on options for next steps moving forward. FUSD and the City/Police Department would be asked to draft MOU.

Authorized Staff to Enter into an Agreement with Care Solace for Mental Health Care Programs and Resources from February 1, 2021-June 30, 2022 – The purpose of Care Solace is to connect staff, students/families to reliable, ethical and high-quality mental health care service providers in their communities. Their dedicated multilingual Care Concierge team is available 24/7 to help staff and families through accessing community-based mental health programs and resources or telehealth options. FUSD and the State of California recognize the link between the mental health of students and learning. This contract provides support for our staff, students, and families, with available, verified mental health providers and substance use treatment programs matched to their needs, regardless of circumstance. Care Solace will work alongside District staff; saving them an average of 60+ calls, emails, and texts per referral, and increasing connection to community care by roughly 60%. Care Solace will provide equity of access, no matter the need, language, insurance or lack thereof; provide empathetic advocates who navigate barriers to care, reducing frustration; and are known for their relentless follow up, expediting successful connections. Staff requested that Board Trustees authorize staff to enter into an agreement with Care Solace from February 1, 2021-June 30, 2022. See full proposal here.

 

See Video of entire meeting here 

The Board’s next Regular Meeting (virtual) is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10th, 6:30pm (time subject to change)