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Board Meeting Summary - March 31, 2021
Posted 4/12/21

At its March 31st Special Meeting, The FUSD Board of Education:

Approved Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators – FUSD’s Human Resources Department has identified the anticipated areas of need where emergency permits are likely to occur based upon known shortage areas and previous experiences of difficulty in finding fully credentialed applicants. Every effort will continue to be made to find fully credentialed teachers, and no emergency permits will be sought where fully credentialed teachers are available.

Adopted Resolution No. 028-2021, Resolution in Support of Mental Health and Corresponding Letter of Support – In partnership with SURFBoardE, it is recommended that the Board adopt Resolution No. 028-2021 in support of Mental Health, and the corresponding Letter of Support urging the California State Legislature to stand in solidarity with student mental health and support Senate Bill 14 introduced by California State Senator Anthony Portantino. 

Adopted Resolution No. 029-2021, Resolution Opposing State Standardized Testing for the 2020-21 School Year – Each year, California students take several statewide tests as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). California is required to administer annual tests in reading and math for students in grades 3-8 and once in high school under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The U.S. Department of Education waived federal testing requirements after schools closed for in-person instruction in March 2020 due to the pandemic. The state has submitted a waiver to the federal government, but neither organization has yet to approve suspending testing for the 2020-21 school year. The district understands that testing is mandated by the state and federal government and is preparing staff and the necessary technology to complete the tests. However, district staff and leadership are concerned that providing high stakes standardized state assessments during this very challenging school year will increase inequitable outcomes and detrimental consequences on Fremont Unified School District students and families. The process of remote testing from student homes will most likely increase the current heightened levels of anxiety that both students and parents/guardians will have to experience.

Approved the First Reading of Revised Board Policy 5030, Student Wellness, and Review Administrative Regulation – Since the last update in 2006, there have been changes to California Education Code that should be reflected in Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5030. Changes to the Board Policy and Administrative Regulation have been made according to Fremont Unified School District current procedures. These proposed changes to Board Policy 5030 and Administrative Regulation were shared with and approved by the Wellness Committee at their virtually held meeting on October 20, 2020.

Approved First Reading of Revised Board Policy 6161.12, Supplemental Instructional Materials and Review Administrative Regulations – With the increased interest in diversifying the supplemental literature available for teachers to use, the Curriculum and Instruction Department is receiving and anticipates continuing to receive many requests for approval of supplemental literature. The proposed revisions correct inaccuracies due to District changes over time and document minor changes to the adoption process. The most significant change is allowing materials already on the California Department of Education (CDE) Recommended Reading List to be automatically approved for all grades. Current policy allows automatic approval for CDE-approved materials for pre-kindergarten through grade five but requires all materials for use in grades six and older to be approved by Fremont's Supplemental Adoption Committee. Allowing an automatic approval of materials from the CDE Recommended Reading List streamlines Fremont Unified School District's supplemental adoption process for teachers in grades 6-12.

Approved Fencing for the Rix Site and Approved Fencing Options for Middle School (MS) Conversions at Centerville, Hopkins, & Thornton – The design for the modernization project 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 and were presented to the Board at the March 10, 2021, board meeting. The attached reflects the types of fencing that will be used on the modernization projects moving forward.

Approved Additional Funding for the Rix-Glankler Early Learning Center due to Scope Changes on the project – The Rix-Glankler Early Learning Center Project is proceeding according to the original plan as it pertains to the approved timeline. The project was submitted to the City of Fremont for review and is awaiting final approval on two outstanding items. The construction bidding phase is currently being performed with final bids being received in April. Staff will return in April for approval of the construction contracts for the project. Per the City of Fremont’s review comments, there is an additional scope requested that requires addition of funding to the cost estimation. The additional funding per City of Fremont’s review comments is estimated to be $1,900,000.00. The requested increase has taken in to account the estimated expenses that were already included in the previous estimate. Staff requests Board approval of the additional funding, which increases the project budget by $1,513,000.00 (i.e. $1.9 mil. Less Original Budget of $387,000). As previously approved, staff recommends that funds be split 50/50 between Fund 40 Sale of Site and Fund 25 Developer Fees. This budget increase is not included in the previously approved Project Budget. 


See Video of entire meeting here 


The Board’s next Regular Meeting (virtual) is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21st, 6:30pm (time subject to change)