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Board Meeting Highlights - March 10, 2021
Posted 3/15/21

At its March 10th meeting, The FUSD Board of Education:

 

Received Future Return to In-Person Instruction Update – Staff presented information to the Board of Education regarding the progress toward a return to campus, including Learning Hubs, relevant updates related to new announcements from the state related to new actions at the Legislative level related to returning to on-campus instruction, new guidelines related to youth sports, information regarding current progress towards providing staff access to the vaccine, progress toward returning FUSD staff and students to campus with a hybrid model of instruction aligned with state and local mandates. Staff will review details of the newly enacted AB 86 and implications for FUSD. 

Approved Second Interim Budget Report for 2020-21 – The District’s general fund revenues are projected to increase by $0.9 million from the 1st Interim Budget Revision to $408.9 million. Expenditures are projected to decrease by $4.5 million to $417.1 million. The attached budget analysis shows the detailed explanation of the changes from the 1st Interim Budget Revision to the 2nd Interim Budget. As a result of the changes in the revenues and expenditures, the ending fund balance is projected to increase by $5.5 million from the 1st Interim Budget Revision. This will translate to a reserve of approximately $15.7 million and designations of $8 million. The District reserve is projected to be 3.77%. The General Fund is made up of unrestricted and restricted fund. The District’s unrestricted general fund contributes $62.0 million to the restricted general fund. The unrestricted general fund is projecting a surplus of $1.7 million. This will result in an ending fund balance of $23.7 million. In order to balance the District's budget and maintain positive certification, the Board of Education approved Revenue Enhancements / Expenditure Reductions on February 24, 2020, in the amount of $7.7 million in 2021-22 and $5.8 million in 2022-23. See full presentation here. Staff recommended a "Positive Certification" which certifies that, based upon current projections, and current assumptions, the District will meet its financial obligations for the current fiscal year and subsequent two fiscal years.

Reviewed Fencing for Various Sites & Hold Discussion and Approve Fencing Standards for Remaining Middle School (MS) Conversion Projects for Centerville, Hopkins, Thornton and RIX/Glankler – The design for the modernization projects at Thornton MS, Centerville MS, Hopkins MS and RIX Learning Center have been completed and approved by the Division of State Architect (DSA). The attached presentations reflect the final fencing product choices that will determine specifications for each project. Please see the presentation attached that will reflect the types of fencing that will be used on the modernization projects moving forward.

Reviewed and Accepted the Report from Eide Bailly Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) & Business Advisors, on the Measure E Bond Performance and Financial Audits for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 – Upon the recommendation of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC), the Board awarded a contract to Eide Bailly Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) & Business Advisor, to perform the required audits for the most recent fiscal year. Eide Bailly conducted an audit for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2020. The results of the Bond performance audit indicated the following: “The result of our (Eide Bailly) tests indicated that the District expended Measure E General Obligation Bond funds only for the specific projects approved by the voters, in accordance with Proposition 39 and outlined in Article XIIIA, Section 1 (b)(3)(C) of the California Constitution.” The results of the Bond financial audit indicated the following: “In our (Eide Bailly) opinion, the financial statements referred to previously present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Measure E General Obligation Bonds of the Fremont Unified School District at June 30, 2020, and the results of its operations for the period then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.”

Approved Selection of Orion Security for Security Guard Services and Enter Into the Independent Consultant Agreement with Orion Security – On November 20, 2020, the Request for Qualifications and Proposals for security guard services was publicly released and also directly provided to four qualified security guard consultant firms. On December 9, 2020, seven sealed proposals were submitted to the District in accordance with the schedule provided in the RFQ/P documents. The highest scoring respondent for this purpose was Orion Security. Orion Security has no objection to using the District's form of agreement, and has already provided signature on the District's standard form of agreement of the Independent Consultant Agreement for Security Guard Services in anticipation of Board approval of the contract. All District standard forms of agreement allow for 30-day notice of termination, if needed. The annual costs of security services to provide for the safety and security of the districts assets across 47 sites totals $252,000 per year. Staff requested the Board to authorize and approve awarding RFQ/P #354-12-09-2020 to Orion Security. Staff also requests the Board to approve the Independent Consultant Agreement between District and Orion Security for up to three years at a cost of $756,000 with the option to renew for up to two additional years, to provide Security Guard Services for the District.

Held a Public Hearing to present Sunshine Proposals from Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) and Fremont Unified Teachers Association (FUDTA) on Article Reopeners – The Fremont Unified School District and Fremont Unified District Teachers Association are presenting sunshine proposals as reopeners on specific Articles during the 2020-2021 school year for negotiations to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). If Articles are agreed upon they will be voted and ratified by the Fremont Unified Teachers Associations and approved by the school board. The negotiated items would be effective beginning in the 2021-2022 school year.

 

See Video of entire meeting here 

 

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