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Board Meeting Summary - May 5, 2021
Posted 5/7/21

At its May 5th meeting, The FUSD Board of Education:


Return to In-Person Instruction Update – FUSD expanded its Learning Hub model on April 26th and has approved the full return to in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. In addition to a full return to campus, the District will offer a virtual learning program at both the elementary and secondary levels. FUSD is planning for in-person graduation events, modified to align with state/local requirements. Staff presented information to the Board of Education regarding new developments for its Summer School and Extended School Year programs, virtual learning programs for 2021-2022, and state guidance for schools, graduations, or extra-curricular activities. 

Adopted Resolution 030-2021, Resolution in Support of Educational Response to the Climate Emergency – This resolution will support the efforts of FUSD’s commitment to supporting the education of students on human-induced climate change, verse students in climate change and climate solutions, support a school and community wide effort to develop or adopt a pre-existing comprehensive climate change literacy program, to include professional development, create an implementation plan, review existing education initiatives and sustainability programs to coordinate with the climate change literacy program, pledges to share and promote climate change literacy and assist in mobilizing the education community to address the climate emergency. 

Received Presentation and Discussed Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant (AB 86) – The ELO Grant Plan must be adopted by the local governing board or body of the LEA at a public meeting on or before June 1, 2021, and must be submitted to the county office of education, the California Department of Education (CDE), or the chartering authority within five days of adoption. Staff is recommending approval to provide secondary schools with additional sections to address learning gaps/loss in a core subject. The final plan will come forward for review and approval on May 19, 2021. Staff requested that the Board review the presentation, discuss and provide direction on the Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant (AB 86).  Staff also recommended action to approve six sections for the comprehensive high schools, two for Robertson and four for the middle schools/ junior high schools to accelerate progress to close learning gaps. 

Approved the Staff-Recommended Textbook Adoption For K-5 Social Studies – The current K-5 Social Studies curriculum, Scott Foresman History-Social Science for California, was adopted in 2006. The current curriculum is no longer available for Special Day Instruction (SDI) classes and will likely be completely discontinued by the publisher soon. The criteria used to evaluate the curriculum was based on information in the following resources:  The California History-Social Science for California Public Schools, the Standards for Evaluation of Instructional Materials with Respect to Social Content which embodies the FAIR Act requirements, the College, Career, and Civic Live (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. After a thorough review, the committee is recommending Social Studies Alive! The adoption materials were available online to the public for review from April 1 through May 5, 2021.  Online resources were also made available to the Board Trustees from April 1 through May 5, 2021. Purchase payment will be made over three years in annual installments of $871,081.61, $871,081.60, and $871,081.60. The first payment will be made on July 31, 2021 from the 2021-2022 textbook budget.

Board votes to table item and bring back as a special meeting item on Monday, May 10th.

Reviewed CalPERS 2021 Medical Plan  – The District contacted Keenan & Associates to look at alternative medical pools in order to find comparable and varying medical benefit plans at competitive costs, in an effort to offer more affordable plans to the active employees. Keenan agreed to do this work at no cost to the District. The Keenan representatives contacted multiple “school only” medical pools on behalf of the District to learn more about their offerings in Northern California (for active employees), and nationwide for Retirees. During the process, Keenan representatives met with District Cabinet to report their findings. Cabinet ultimately discussed the possibility of joining the San Mateo Medical Consortium which could provide comparable benefits to the CalPERS plans, in addition to alternative benefits for those employees in search of lower cost options. This education campaign lasted 6+ weeks and included 50+ Group and Individual Zoom meetings, and 200+ phone calls. Next steps are that the District will be asking all unions to vote and ratify a move from the CalPERS Medical Plan (PEMHCA contract) and join the San Mateo JPA effective January 1, 2022. See presentation here.

Held a Public Hearing and Present Sunshine Proposals from Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) and California School Employees Association (CSEA) – The Fremont Unified School District and California School Employees Association are presenting sunshine proposals as a reopener 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 California School Employees Associations and approved by the school board. 

Approval of Employment Agreement for an Interim Associate Superintendent and Adoption of the Classified Management Salary Schedule – Staff consulted with former Associate Superintendent, Raul Parungao to provide direct support for FUSD through a contract for services until the position can be filled. The proposed employment contract for the Interim Associate Superintendent will cover the period from May 6, 2021 and shall remain in full force until a permanent Associate Superintendent is hired and commence employment, or September 30, 2021, whichever is earlier, at a daily rate of $1,400 per day. This amount is equitable to the total compensation provided to the current position of Associate Superintendent. FUSD, in compliance with California Code of Regulations 570.5 (a), must adopt a salary schedule for any classified management position, including senior classified management, and any Interim Senior Management position. The attached salary schedule will be effective upon approval by the Board of Education.

Approved Selection of CWDL, Certified Public Accountants for Auditing Services and Entering Into the Independent Consultant Agreement with CWDL, Certified Public Accountants – FUSD currently utilizes Eide Bailly LLP, to provide auditing services.  The current agreement will expire on June 30, 2021. The District is seeking a consultant to continue to provide these services, effective July 1, 2021. On February 12, 2021, the Request for Proposals for Auditing Services (RFP #359-03-18-2021) was publicly released, advertised and also provided to four qualified firms. Staff requested the Board to award RFP #359-03-18-2021 to CWDL, Certified Public Accountants. Staff also requested the Board to approve the Independent Consultant Agreement between District and CWDL, Certified Public Accountants for an initial term of three years, with the option to renew for up to two additional years, to provide Auditing Services for the District, and to authorize the Superintendent, Associate Superintendent, or other designee to enter into the Agreement on behalf of the District, and take all other actions necessary to implement the contract terms.

Authorized Staff to Enter into an Agreement with Premier Inspection Services for Project Inspector for the New Construction and Modernization Project at Hopkins Middle School (Middle School Conversion) – Construction phase consultant services for project inspector services are required by the Division of State Architects and the District for the Measure E facilities construction program. The scope of services includes providing construction inspection oversight for all issues related to structural, access, fire and life safety. Staff recommended entering into an agreement with Premier Inspection Services for a total cost of $543,840. The budget for inspection Services for the overall project is $1,163,870.

Authorized Staff to Enter into an Agreement with Consolidated Engineering Laboratories for Material Testing & Inspection Services for the New Construction and Modernization Project at Hopkins Middle School (Middle School Conversion) – Materials testing and special inspection services are required for the Measure E facilities construction program. Based on the proposal provided, staff recommends entering into an initial agreement with Consolidated Engineering Laboratories for material testing and special inspection services in the amount of $545,565. These services will cover the construction phase of the project and close out. This falls in line with the project budget for Inspection Services in the amount of $1,117,464.

Authorized Staff to Enter into an Agreement with DLR Group and MADI 19six for Architect Services for the Group 1 Elementary School Modernization Projects at Brookvale, Green, Mattos, Mission San Jose ES, & Vallejo Mill (Group 1 ES Modernization Projects) - The District requested proposals from the qualified pool of firms approved by the Board on May 20, 2020. The highest scoring firm, DLR Group, will provide services for the three projects at Brookvale, Green and Mattos Elementary Schools. The second highest scoring firm, MADI 19six, will provide services to the remaining two projects at Mission San Jose and Vallejo Mill Elementary Schools. Based on the proposal provided, staff recommended entering into an initial agreement with DLR Group and MADI 19six for architectural services in the amount of $1,539,030. The projects are within budget.


See Video of entire meeting here 


The Board’s next Meeting (virtual) is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19th, 6:30pm (time subject to change)