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Board Meeting Notes: October 13, 2021 Regular Meeting
Posted 10/19/21

Fremont Unified School District 

Board of Education Meeting Summary

October 13, 2021 (Regular)

 

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At its October 13th meeting, the FUSD Board of Education:

 

7.1 Heard Superintendent Report

Superintendent CJ Cammack acknowledged Week of the School Administrator, noted employees across the District are going through a tremendous experience and it’s a heavy lift. It’s imperative to recognize the importance of a caring and compassionate leadership. Called out and recognized FUSD administrators for their work.

Superintendent Cammack attended the Homecoming event at Mission San Jose and Kennedy’s Homecoming game last week, will attend American’s Homecoming game this week. 

The superintendent also accepted a donation from FUSS on behalf of FUSD. Superintendent Cammack acknowledged Ivy Wu and an additional FUSS representative who presented a $8,000 donation to FUSD to focus on elementary needs. Trustee Sweeney expressed appreciation for FUSS’s support and work.

7.2 Heard Student Member Report

Student Member Tushar Dalmia acknowledged recent and upcoming Homecoming events at high schools, and shared that the PSAT/SAT was administered earlier that day.

8-12 Approved Consent Calendar Items

The Board unanimously approved all items on the Consent Calendar, following discussion on items 10.2 and 11.8.

10.2 Approved Second Reading of Revised Board Policy 6142.4, Service Learning

At the September 22, 2021 Board of Education meeting trustees reviewed the first reading of BP 6142.4 and AR 6142.4, Service Learning. After the first reading of BP and AR 6142.4 staff noted requested changes and updated language to allow students to earn service credit by performing volunteer work in a virtual environment. 

The Board approved the BP and AR on second reading with a request that language be added to the AR that clarifies that peer-to-peer tutoring is allowable, and adults can supervise or verify service hours. 

11.8 Authorized Staff to Enter Into an Agreement with Troxell Communication to Provide Projectors and Installation Services at Thornton Middle School

Thornton Middle School commenced construction in June 2020, and the current construction contract for the project includes infrastructure installation to be completed by contractor. Procurement and installation of new short-throw projectors is to be completed by the District IT department as per District standard procedures. The projectors are being procured with Measure E bond funds. Staff requested Board authorization to enter into agreement with Troxell Communications for projectors in the amount of $31,963.

In response to trustees’ questions, Director Kelle' Lynch McMahon noted that the standards for the technology we purchase in FUSD were established in 2018-19 based on a forecast of how classrooms would be set up in the future and anticipated technology advances, with a goal for all classrooms to have the same type of equipment, making it easier to service/replace parts. Changes to the project at this point, including adding electricity mounts, would add costs and would need to meet DSA requirements related to wall-mounted technology.

15.1 Received Update on the Opening of the 2021-2022 School Year

Superintendent Cammack presented an update with information related to the recent announcement from the Governor on pending vaccine mandates for students, updated enrollment trends through the month of September for FUSD, and relevant aspects of AB 167. 

15.2 Received Information on the Impact of 2020 Census Data on Trustee Area Map Population Balance

Peter Fagan from Fagan, Friedman & Fulfrost, LLP, presented information on the Impact of the 2020 Census Data on Trustee Area Map Population Balance

School districts with trustee area systems are required to review and, if necessary, adjust their trustee area map by March 1, 2022 to ensure population balance. This applies to FUSD, which transitioned to a by-trustee area election system in the 2019-2020 school year to ensure compliance with the California Voting Rights Act. 

A demographer will present map options that meet state and federal requirements to the FUSD Board, which will adopt a map by February 28, 2022.

Please note that this is a required action when Census data is released every decade, it does not impact school boundaries.

15.3 Appointed Fremont Unified School District Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) Members

The Board established the Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) to advise and make recommendations to the Board, Superintendent, and District management staff regarding facilities matters. Its membership includes a student, parents, community members, and staff members. The committee has been active since 2017 and will continue with new members this school year.

The FAC committee currently includes five appointed members: four Employee Organization members and one student member from SurfBoardE. For 2021-2022, four applications have been received for six vacancies.

The Board voted by ballot to appoint four new members of the FAC: Bryan Gebhardt, Jennifer Aochi, Sharon Coco, Jennifer Parker.

15.4 Adopted Resolution No. 015-2122, Resolution to Authorize the Establishment of Student Activities Special Revenue Fund (FUND 08)

Board Resolution No. 015-2122 to Authorize the Establishment of Student Activities Special Revenue Fund (FUND 08) establishes a Student Activities Special Revenue Fund (FUND 08) for ASB activities that do not meet the definition of fiduciary activities in accordance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement 84.

Board members unanimously passed the resolution.

15.5 Authorized Staff to Amend the Agreement with Cal Pacific General Contractor for the Modernization of Rix Glankler Early Learning Center Project

Lynch McMahon presented information regarding a proposed amendment to the agreement with Cal Pacific General Contractor for the modernization of the Rix Glankler Early Learning Center, which is currently under construction and moving towards a completion date of November 30, 2021. Staff requested Board authorization to amend the agreement with Cal Pacific for the modernization project at the amount of $323,931.63, which is within the budget for the project. 

Lynch McMahon confirmed the work is only proposed and has not been initiated in response to a question from Trustee Sweeney. In response to questions from Trustee Campbell regarding why the District is requesting changes to the original agreement, Lynch McMahon confirmed that the District is updating plans to comply with facility requirements, such as those set forth by the ADA, that came into effect after the original agreement in 2017. Lynch McMahon also noted the site was vacant for quite some time, contributing to the repairs that need to be made. 

The Board unanimously approved the amendment. 

15.6 Approved the 2021 Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS) Plan

Director Fran English presented information on FUSD’s 2021 Comprehensive Coordinating Early Intervening Services (CCEIS) Plan. English expressed gratitude to both Special Education and General Education staff for their work in the development of this plan, and for their planned and in-progress work to achieve the goals it sets forth.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires states and local education agencies to take steps to address disproportionate representation. Disproportionality refers to the “overrepresentation” of a particular racial or ethnic group in one of four areas:

  1. special education in general;

  2. special education within a specific disability category; 

  3. disciplinary action; or

  4. more restrictive environments.

When a school district is disproportionate in any of the above areas for specific ethnic groups over a three year period, the district is deemed significantly disproportionate and must undergo the process of developing a CCEIS Plan. 

In March of 2021, the California Department of Education determined that Fremont Unified School District is significantly disproportionate in the following areas:

  • identification of white students in the eligibility category of other health impairment 

  • identification of white students in the eligibility category of emotional disturbance

  • identification of Hispanic students in the eligibility category of specific learning disability

  • identification of Hispanic students overall

As a result, the District is required to submit a CCEIS plan to address these three areas over a 27-month period with the goal of decreasing identification of students in these ethnic and eligibility categories. 

A CCEIS stakeholder group was formed in May of 2021 to begin work on this task. The group met over many months and included stakeholders across all areas including administrators, teachers, service providers, parents and community members. The group collected data, formed a theory as to what root causes potentially led to the significant disproportionality, and developed an action plan to address the three areas. 

In response to trustees’ questions, English reported that the CCEIS planned actions - including MTSS, PBIS and restorative practices - are designed to support all students, but we will collect and report data specific to the CCEIS identified populations. 

The Board unanimously approved the FUSD CCEIS Plan for submission to the California Department of Education.  

15.7 Adopted Resolution 016-2122, A Resolution In Support of Afghan Refugees and The People of Afghanistan

The Fremont Unified School District supports and welcomes refugees from Afghanistan into our community and calls upon our residents, community leaders, businesses, faith-based organizations, and community-based organizations to welcome and support these Afghan families to achieve their inherent right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Assistant Superintendent Leticia Salinas noted that Director Christie Rocha from FUSD’s Federal and State Programs is coordinating support for students who will enroll in our district. We do not know how many students will come to FUSD, but we are working with a local organization to prepare to support them as they arrive. 

The Board voted 3-2 to pass Resolution 016-2122, A Resolution of the Fremont Unified School District In Support of Afghan Refugees and The People of Afghanistan.  

15.8 Adopted Resolution 017-2122, Resolution Proclaiming September 15 - October 15, 2021 Latina/o/x Heritage Month

Latina/o/x students represent over 14.92 percent of Fremont Unified School District’s 2021-2022 population, 7.61% of certificated staff, 17.89% of classified staff, and 6.3% of management staff. 

Resolution 017-2122, Resolution Proclaiming September 15 - October 15, 2021 Latina/o/x Heritage Month honors Latina/o/x histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Spain, Brazil and other Mestizo or Indigenous groups; and recognizes Latina/o/x Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15.

In response to trustees’ questions, Superintendent Cammack confirmed that the goal in FUSD is to highlight these and other cultures throughout the year. Assistant Superintendent Salinas noted the importance of being recognized, and that while acknowledgment is not limited to this month, it is celebrated in classrooms, particularly in our SDI program where both language and culture are part of the instruction. 

Board members unanimously passed this resolution, with a change from Trustee Campbell that removes “2021” from the language where it limits recognition to 2021, and additions from Trustee Sweeney to include recognition of Romana Acosta Bañuelos and Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients.

This action also results in an update to Administrative Regulation 6115, Ceremonies and Observances to reflect changes. 

17.1 Approved Student Expulsion No. 20212205701

Board members unanimously accepted staff recommendation on this item. 


 

The Board’s next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 6:30pm (time subject to change)

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