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Board Meeting Notes: January 26, 2022 Regular Meeting
Posted 1/27/22

Fremont Unified School District 

Board of Education Meeting Summary

January 26, 2022 (Regular Meeting)

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At its January 26th meeting, the FUSD Board of Education:

6.1 Reported on Action taken in Closed Session

Unanimous approval of appointment of Ernest Epley as the Director of Transportation. 

Mr. Epley joins FUSD with 13 years in the school bus transportation industry having served in Stockton and Redwood City. Additionally, Mr. Epley spent 17 years in the commercial driving industry. Mr. Epley has served as a School Pupil Transportation Safety Coordinator for the California Highway Patrol as well as on a task force for "Safe Routes to School" as a liaison between district, parents, and community partners. Mr. Epley has assisted districts in looking toward the future by securing grant funding for electric school buses. 

7.1 Heard the Superintendent Report

Superintendent CJ Cammack acknowledged the strain all in education are under, and thanked the FUSD community for its efforts for our students and staff. 

January is Board Recognition Month, recognized Trustees for their leadership, particularly during the pandemic. 

7.2 Heard the Student Member Report

ASB elections and planning for activities underway. Some events canceled, others proceeding. Student-specific FAQ is available. 

8. Approved Consent Calendar (Items 9.1 - 11.5)

The Board unanimously approved all Consent items, after discussion of the following item:

10.6 Authorized Staff to Enter into Agreement with General Lighting Services in the Amount not to Exceed $98,750.

Associate Superintendent Nancy Torres Pfeiffer addressed questions from Trustees regarding the existing agreement with another contractor for these same services. Following multiple delays in Rix-Glankler project, additional/unforeseen electrical work was identified as the cause of some delays. This agreement does not increase project budget; work beyond the scope of current work will be directed to new vendor, not added to current vendor’s contract. 

14.1 Heard School Reopening - COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Health & Safety Updates

Superintendent CJ Cammack provided updates on health and safety topics. 

Thanked Risk Manager Rowena Cowan and Principals Megan Barrington and David Thornley for hosting vaccine clinics at American High School and Cabrillo Elementary, respectively. 

FUSD is exploring additional testing services for our community. Current program administered over 5,600 PCR tests in two weeks after winter break.

Doing best to provide timely and accurate notifications of new cases.

14.2 Heard School Resource Officer Program - Biannual Reporting

The Fremont Police Department and Fremont Unified School District have had a professional partnership since 1998. A School Resource Officer (SRO) was assigned to each of the six high schools and serves all schools and offices throughout the District. The mission of the SRO unit is to ensure a safe learning environment for students, teachers, and school administrators.  

At the July 21, 2021 Board Meeting, the Board took action to approve an MOU/Handbook for the SRO program between FUSD and the City of Fremont/Fremont PD. At the November 17, 2021 Board Meeting, the Board took action to approve a revised MOU/Handbook.

The MOU and Handbook outline parameters for mid-year and year-end reporting of data and provide an update on the program developments. 

The Board of Education received a mid-year report covering data and program developments from August 18, 2021 (first day of school) through December 23, 2021 (last day before winter break). 

Superintendent Cammack, FPD Sergeant Calvin Tang and FPD Chief Sean Washington presented and provided updates. 

14.3 Received Budget Update

On January 10, 2022 the Governor announced the State budget proposal for 2022-23. On January 18, 2022, the Associate Superintendent and staff attended a workshop provided by School Services of California, which highlighted the details of the Governor's proposal.

Associate Superintendent Torres Pfeiffer provided the Board of Education and the community with a presentation on the potential impact of the Governor's Proposed Budget to Fremont Unified School District

14.4 Approved Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant (ELOG) Update

The Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant (ELOG) addresses accelerating progress to close learning gaps, integrated pupil supports; community learning hubs, supports for credit deficient pupils, additional academic services, and training for school staff. 

Assistant Superintendent Leticia Salinas shared implementation progress of the ELOG with Trustees and sought approval to reallocate funds for textbooks. The next update will be presented at a Board of Education meeting in May 2022. 

The Board voted 4-1 to approve the reallocation of funds as requested. 

14.5 Appointed a Fremont Unified School District Measure I Citizens' Oversight Committee Member

On June 7, 2016, the citizens of Fremont approved to continue a local funding measure, Measure I, an annual tax of $73 per parcel that will generate approximately $4.3 million annually for nine years. Measure I includes a requirement that the District establish a Citizens' Oversight Committee to ensure that the revenue received is spent in accordance with the commitment made to the voters.

The Board of Education selects and appoints committee members. The members of the committee should be representative of the residents of the District and should reflect the diversity of the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) community. The committee will consist of 11 seats as follows:

  • 2 Local Business/Community Members who live or conduct business in Fremont,

  • 6 Parent/Guardian Members of current FUSD students,

  • 1 FUSD high school Student Representative who is a member of SURFBoardE, and

  • 2 Senior Members (65 years of age or older)

For the 2021-2022 term (see list of current members), there are currently two vacancies on the Committee in the following categories:

  • 1 Parent/Guardian Member

  • 1 Senior Member

The District has received one application for the Parent/Guardian category, see ballot for Board vote

The Board unanimously appointed Lily Toy as a Parent/Guardian Member of the Measure I Citizens' Oversight Committee.

14.6 Approved First Reading of Revised Board Policy (BP) 3301, Delegation of Authority and Reviewed Revised Administrative Regulation (AR) 3301

Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 3301 currently delegates authority to the Superintendent and the Associate Superintendent of Business to enter into all contracts with some exceptions. One such exception is that the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Business have no authority to enter into a contract involving $10,000 or greater for professional services that are exempt from competitive bidding and all new consultant contracts in excess of $10,000 involving technology, needs assessments not related to students, special projects and facilities improvement not within bond projects. 

This Board policy was adopted on March 19, 1986. The dollar had an average inflation of 2.69% per year between 1986 and today producing a cumulative price increase of 153.60%. The ability of the administration to secure services needed has diminished with inflation. The services we could secure in 1986 for $10,000 are nowhere near what is needed. The administration would like the board to consider an increase in the delegation of the authority from $10,000 to $25,360 to match the increase in inflation.

In order to maintain business effectiveness and economic efficiency, staff recommends revision to the Board Policy 3301 as noted on the attached documents.

The Board unanimously approved the first reading of revised BP 3301, Delegation of Authority, to increase from $10,000 to $25,360 the authority of the Superintendent or the Associate Superintendent to enter into contracts and reviewed revised AR 3301.

14.7 Ratified Change Orders within the Agreement with Rodan Builders for District and Developers Contingency Expenditure Directives for Phase 1 & 2 & Phase 3 of the New Construction and Modernization Project at Centerville Middle School

Rodan Builders was awarded the construction contract for Centerville MS. Phase 1 & 2 of the project at Centerville MS has been completed.

These costs are already included in the contract contingency amount and will not impact the overall budget of the project at this time.

The Board unanimously approved ratification of contingency directives for the Centerville Middle School project in the amount of $483,760. 

14.8 Ratified Change Orders Within the Agreement with Lathrop Construction Associates for the New Construction and Modernization Project at Hopkins Middle School.

Lathrop Construction Associates was awarded the construction contract for Hopkins Middle School.

These costs are already included in the contract contingency amount and will not impact the overall budget of the project at this time.

The Board unanimously approved ratification of contingency directives for the Hopkins MS project in the amount of $947,044.19. 

14.9 Received Report Out on the City of Fremont/Fremont Unified School District Liaison Committee Meetings

Meetings of the City of Fremont/Fremont Unified School District Liaison Committee are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 5:30 p.m.; the meeting location alternates monthly. Following each monthly meeting of the Liaison Committee, an agenda item is placed on the next FUSD Board meeting agenda.

The Board received a report on the meeting held on January 25, 2022, which Trustees Campbell and Zhang attended. The Safe Routes to Schools and Walk and Roll programs were discussed, with agreement that future events will be better noticed to District and publicized by FUSD. Crossing guards were also discussed, more information will be gathered so FUSD can support recruitment.

The waste reduction program and further Safe Routes to School efforts will be discussed at future meetings. 

16.1 Student Expulsion No. 20212205101

The Board unanimously adopted staff's recommendation for the expulsion of Student No. 20212205101.

16.2 Student Expulsion No. 20212205201

The Board unanimously adopted staff's recommendation for placement of Student No. 20212205201 at Washington High School.


The annual Board Retreat is January 29, 2022, and the next Regular Meeting is scheduled for February 9, 2022 at 6:30pm (time subject to change)

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