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Board Meeting Highlights - February 24, 2021
Posted 2/25/21

At its February 24th meeting, The FUSD Board of Education:

Approved Proposed Budget Reductions and other Budget Solutions for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 School Years – The first presentation and discussion of this item took place at the regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting on February 10, 2021, a special meeting was held on February 17, 2021, along with two community town hall events February 16 and 23. Prior to today’s meeting, FUSD received word from the Alameda County Office of Education that due to improved budget projections from the Governor, increased estimated state and federal funding, and a stronger 2nd interim budget projection, the District has been authorized to reduce its amount of budget reductions from $17.6 million to $7 million. The attached presentation was posted prior to this updated information. Board votes 4-1 to approve attached list of recommended budget reductions totaling $8.884 million.

Received Future Return to In-Person Instruction Update – Staff presented updated information to the Board of Education regarding the progress toward a return to campus, including Learning Hubs, relevant updates related to new proposals at the Legislative level related to returning to on-campus instruction, new guidelines related to youth sports, and discussion on what COVID-19 health metrics would be the target for returning to campus. To help in further supplementing air filtration, staff recommended the purchase of 1,500 Air Purification units. These units provide a particle efficiency removal of 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. Many Districts are moving in this direction to help with air filtration. These units would be sized to fit our classrooms. The District has already purchased 120 smaller units to be used in nurse’s rooms, offices, or smaller classrooms. The anticipated cost for these 1,500 units is $1,100,000. The units would be mounted to the walls of the classrooms to ensure safe, efficient delivery of clean air. Staff also recommended the purchase of desk partitions to place on student desks when there are momentary instructional needs for closer proximity than six-foot.  An initial purchase of 5,000 units is recommended at a cost of $90,000. Both items are available for prompt delivery.

Approved Budget Increase on the Washington HS Theater Improvements Project – The Division of State Architect (DSA) is requiring FUSD to incorporate modifications that were completed prior to the design of the theater improvements due to 2019 structural code modifications. These modifications were reviewed by DSA and are now mandatory in order for the theater to remain in its current location and configuration. These requirements have to occur in order for programing to be maintained at the site. The proposal presented includes the scope of work required to meet DSA requirements for the project plans.

    Current Budget -                  $3,900,000(Board Approved 3/27/2019)

    Additional Authorization -     $500,000        

    Updated Budget -                 $4,400,000

Authorized Staff to Execute Final Change Order with McCarthy Building Companies for the New Construction & Modernization at Horner Middle School (Middle School Conversion) – The final negotiated change order will close out the project. These original change order costs were substantially higher, but were negotiated down to an agreed upon number. Many of these changes occurred due to a delay in the schedule of completion by almost 18 months. This project, including all items on the punch list, have been completed in accordance with the contract documents. Based on the contract structure of Lease-Lease-Back (LBB), FUSD has held lease payments for McCarthy in an escrow account that would be considered a "hold of retention" in a normal contract agreement. The current funds held in escrow for this contract are $3,689,453.67. These funds will be paid out to McCarthy Construction in 90 days from the date the Notice of Completion and Final Change Order is approved. Staff recommends Board authorization to execute a final change order with McCarthy for the new construction and modernization project at Horner Middle School of $925,000, and authorization to Release Escrow Funds in May 2021.

Authorized Staff to Amend the Agreement with DSA School Inspectors, Inc. to Provide Project Inspector Services for Lila Bringhurst Elementary School – In September 2019, staff was informed that the project had been delayed by various factors that will extend the completion date. These factors include change order works, unforeseen site issues, developer groups/contractor negotiation. As a result of these unforeseen conditions, the current anticipated delivery of the school was extended. DSA School Inspector's professional services has extended their services from September 2019 to Project Closeout. Project inspector fees are based on project durations and delays to project completion result in additional time required of the project inspector. Staff recommended Board authorization to amend the agreement with DSA School Inspectors, Inc., in the Amount of $200,000. If Board approved, this will bring the total contract amount to $843,630. Staff has confirmed the reasonableness of the proposed cost increase with both Quatrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) and fB2 Solutions, the Construction Management firm who is overseeing the Bringhurst project.

Elected Delegates to 2021 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Assembly – The California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly is the policy-making group of the California School Boards Association (CSBA). Members of the Delegate Assembly are selected by regions. Fremont Unified School District is in Subregion 7-B (Alameda). Delegate Assembly members are elected to serve a two-year term. CSBA Delegate Assembly provides a means through which individual school boards may contribute, through their representatives, to important policy formation. Elected Delegates will serve a two-year term beginning April 1, 2021 - March 31, 2023. The three candidates for Delegate Assembly, Subregion 7-B are listed on the attached Ballot.


See Video of entire meeting here 

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