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Board Meeting Highlights - February 17, 2021 (Special Meeting)
Posted 2/22/21

At its February 17th meeting, The FUSD Board of Education:


Received Presentation on Cenergistic Program – As part of the continued efforts to explore solutions for balancing the FUSD Budget, staff has explored how the District can reduce expenditures through a reduction in energy and other utility costs. Cenergistic is a company that provides a service that may assist the District in realizing savings in this area. Trustees will receive a presentation from Cenergistic representatives. This item was presented for information and discussion only. 

Approved Frontline Education Reporting System: Electronic Health Record, Time and Attendance, and Professional Learning – Fremont Unified currently works with Frontline Education on an employee absence reporting system - formerly Aesop. Frontline Education is the leading provider of school administration software to manage various aspects of the District's business. The pandemic has highlighted areas in moving to an electronic process that would provide for more accuracy and expedite processes. The District would like to expand processes to include Electronic Health Record, Time and Attendance, and Professional Learning.

Frontline Education software will provide the tools to properly schedule, control, document, and report detailed information about every aspect of COVID-19 Management for students and staff. The bundled package represents a 25% discount for software products for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.

  • February 22 - June 30, 2021: Bundle Package with a discount and pro-rated for half the year – Sub-total $44,490.60 plus one-time installation (10% discount) $29,609.96 = Total $74,100.56
  • July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022: Bundle Package with a discount - $125,888.50

Discussed Proposed Budget Reductions and other Budget Solutions for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 School Years - The district updated the first interim multi-year projections after the Governor's FY 2021-22 Budget was released.  The Governor's budget reflects increased funding for K-12 education and would reduce our deficit for FY 2021-22 from $17.6 to $6.4 and for FY 2022-23 from $13.3 million to $6.3 million. Although the District's budget has improved dramatically, the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) has required the district to maintain the First Interim level of reductions at $17 million. In a letter the ACOE presented to the Board, ACOE cited the primary reasons for the district's current budget circumstances include declining enrollment, enrollment over-projection, and an inability to meet prior budget balancing solution targets. Based on these items, ACOE, has advised of the need for FUSD to successfully implement $17.6 million in reductions/revenue enhancements. The ACOE is requiring the district to implement $17 million in ongoing budget balancing solutions no later than February 24, 2021 and submitting to ACOE on or before Feb. 26, 2021.  The ACOE has stated that if the district is unable to implement the required solutions, it will result in ACOE designating FUSD as “Lack of Going Concern.”  This designation would allow ACOE to assign a Fiscal Administrator to the district which would have full “Stay and Rescind” authority in regard to Board Actions and decisions. The first presentation and discussion of this item took place at the regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting on February 10, 2021. This is the second of several Board and community meetings on the budget in which the Board will be required to take final action at the February 24 Board Meeting. The presentation attached to this item will match the one provided on February 10, 2021.


See Video of entire meeting here 

The Board’s next Regular Meeting (virtual) is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24th, 6:30pm (time subject to change)