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Board Meeting Notes: February 9, 2022 Regular Meeting
Posted 2/11/22

Fremont Unified School District 

Board of Education Meeting Summary

February 9, 2022 (Regular Meeting)

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At its February 9th meeting, the FUSD Board of Education:

6.1 Reported on Action taken in Closed Session

The Board unanimously approved a settlement for Office of Administrative Hearing (OAH) Case No. FUSD 2022–MK.

7.1 Heard Superintendent Report

Superintendent CJ Cammack acknowledged school counselors during National School Counseling Week, whose work is critically important, particularly in the past 16-18 months.

He also congratulated our administrators nominated for Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) 2022 Administrators of the Year awards:

  • José Hernández, Elementary Principal
  • Bob Moran, Secondary Principal
  • Robin Sehrt, Central Office Administrator
  • Jacki Sprague, Ed.D., Adult Education Administrator

7.2 Heard Student Member Report

Schools are hosting ASB elections and events, including a mental health event at Irvington High School for Lunar New Year.

8. Approved the Consent Calendar (Items 9.1 - 12.5)

The Board unanimously approved all Consent items.

15.2 Adopted Resolution No. 025-2122, The Roosevelt Resolution, Transition to a Zero-Waste to Landfill Entity (item heard out of order)

This Resolution was brought forward at the January 12, 2022 Board of Education meeting for review and consideration. The Board reviewed and suggested minor language changes and asked that it be brought for approval at a meeting in February. 

The Thornton Junior High School Energy & Sustainability Club is proposing the Roosevelt Resolution to preserve our ecosystems by educating the future on the dangers of plastic. The resolution lays out a framework for the district’s transition into a zero-waste to landfill entity. Along with the issue of single use-plastic, they also addressed food waste and paper consumption on school campuses. 

The Board unanimously adopted Resolution No. 025-2122, The Roosevelt Resolution, Transition to a Zero-Waste to Landfill Entity.

15.4 Received a Presentation and Considered Options for Housing Both the Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP) and Spanish Dual Immersion Program (SDI) for 2022/2023 (item heard out of order)

Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Leticia Salinas and Director of Federal and State Programs Christie Rocha, Ed.D. presented the MIP/SDI Task Force Recommendations.

FUSD's Spanish Dual Immersion (SDI) and Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP) are a K-8 program where students develop literacy first in either Spanish or Mandarin, with the gradual addition of English. The SDI program is currently housed at Blacow, Grimmer and Vallejo Mill for the elementary program, and Hopkins Junior High for the (7-8) program. MIP is currently at Azevada and at Blacow for the elementary program (K-6) and located at Hopkins Junior High (7-8) grade program.

At its March 24, 2021 meeting, the Board directed staff to reconvene the MIP/SDI Task Force to bring forward a recommendation that would provide a long term solution that allows for the expansion and growth of the programs. At that meeting, the Board also approved a short term solution for the MIP program to accommodate the expanded strand at Blacow. 

The composition of the task force includes FUSD teachers, principals currently serving at Azevada and Grimmer elementary schools, Facility Advisory Committee (FAC) members, parent/community members, two Board Trustees, and FUSD staff.

The MIP/SDI Task force was asked to draft a recommendation based on their findings, and present the recommendations to the Board of Education. It began work on September 14, 2021, and met monthly, (five meetings) to develop recommendations for the Board. The task force reviewed current capacity reports, enrollment projections, previous and current demographic reports, site layouts, and reviewed the unique needs for each immersion program. Input from stakeholders was shared with task force members and provided to the larger task force. This input was also taken into consideration when developing the current proposed recommended options for each program.

The Task Force came to consensus and recommends that both of the Spanish Dual Immersion program to one site and the Mandarin Immersion Program to one site each. 

  • Option A: 
    • MIP students would unify at Lila Bringhurst as the site can continue to allow for growth, even in the event of full day Kindergarten and can expand. This option would still allow for neighborhood students to attend the school due to the size of the school.
    • SDI students would unify at Blacow as the site can continue to allow for growth, even in the event of full day Kindergarten and can expand. This option would still allow for neighborhood students to attend the school due to the size of the school.
  • Option B:
    • MIP students would unify at Blacow. In the event of full day Kindergarten, the current two strands will fit but would prevent future growth which would result in capping the number of students to the current size. There will not be room to grow beyond the two strands that exist now.
    • SDI students would unify at Grimmer. In the event of full day Kindergarten, the current three strands will fit but would prevent future growth which would result in capping the number of students to the current size. There will not be room to grow beyond the three strands that exist now.

No neighborhood students would be displaced with any of the staff recommendations.

The Board considered the options presented and requested additional information on February 23, 2022, when staff will present the recommendations for action. 

15.1 Heard and Approved School Reopening - COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Health & Safety Updates (item heard out of order)

FUSD staff provide updates on information related to recent announcements from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Alameda County Public Health (ACPH) in connection to changes in health and safety recommendations. 

State masking mandates will change on February 15, but the indoor masking requirement for K-12 settings remains, and FUSD’s current masking policy is not changing at this time. 

Per agreement in fall 2021 to revisit volunteer policies in February 2022, staff recommends the Board take action on the following recommendations:

  • Allow volunteers on campus in alignment with all prior (pre-pandemic) regulations and guidelines for volunteering on campus
    • Additional requirement - proof of vaccination as defined by ACPH/CDPH
    • Completion of symptom screener by volunteer in school office
    • No more than one volunteer in a classroom at a time
  • Volunteer opportunities would be available at discretion of site. 
  • Re-evaluate in April to determine if more/less restrictions may be needed

These changes would be reflected in the FUSD Health and Safety Protocols

The Board unanimously approved staff recommendation to allow volunteers on campus as outlined after finalizing the process for vaccination verification. 

15.3 Received a Presentation and Discussed Textbook Adoption for Grades 6-8 History-Social Studies (item heard out of order)

Assistant Superintendent Salinas and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Kim Kelly presented Grades 6-8 History - Social Studies adoption information. 

The current 6-8 grade History-Social Studies curriculum consists of three textbooks: 6th grade World History, Ancient Civilizations (Holt, 2006), 7th grade World History Medieval to Early Modern Times (Holt, 2006), and 8th grade US History Independence to 1914 (Holt, 2006). These textbooks were adopted in 2006, so the content is out of date in many areas. 

Further, on July 12, 2016, the State Board of Education adopted the History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools. The Framework provides guidance and steps towards ensuring all California public school students are civic-minded college and career-ready. 

In addition, several key educational legislative changes have taken place since the adoption. Because our current curriculum was adopted before these legislative changes, it does not meet the current requirements. 

We have approximately 7,500 students and 200 teachers who are using the current curriculum. The current curriculum is no longer available for Spanish Dual Immersion (SDI) classes and will likely be discontinued by the publisher soon. A discontinued curriculum means we cannot supply consumable materials, or add or replace teacher and student materials. 

This year, we initiated an adoption process to replace the curriculum. The 6-8 Grade History-Social Studies Adoption Committee was comprised of the following individuals:

  • 8 middle school/junior high History-Social Studies classroom teachers
  • 2 Instructional Coaches from the Federal & State Department (1 SDI and 1 English Language Development (ELD))
  • Program Manager for ELA and History-Social Studies from the Curriculum & Instruction Department (non-voting)
  • Director of the Curriculum & Instruction Department (non-voting)
  • 1 Instructional Coach for the Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP) from the Federal & State Department (advisory, non-voting)
  • 1 Instructional Coach for History-Social Studies from the Curriculum & Instruction Department (advisory, non-voting)

The adoption process was divided into 3 phases. The adoption team considered curriculum from four publishers: McGraw, Savvas/Pearson, National Geographic, and TCI. 

The adoption materials were made available to the public for review from October 29, 2021, through January 12, 2022. Online resources were also made available to Trustees. Members of the public used a form to share their feedback. The adoption committee received 118 feedback submissions, and members of the C&I Department met online with a group of parents and community members who had specific concerns and requests. All feedback was shared with the adoption committee who considered it when making their final recommendation. 

After a thorough review, the committee is recommending these materials from Savvas/Pearson:

  • myWorld Interactive California World History: Ancient Civilizations (2019, grade 6)
  • myWorld Interactive California World History: Medieval and Early Modern Times (2019, grade 7)
  • myWorld Interactive California US History: Growth and Conflict (2019, grade 8)

This is an informational item that will be brought back to Trustees for action/adoption at the February 23, 2022 Board meeting.

15.5 Received Proposal for Use of Prop 51 Reimbursement to Measure E Funds in the Amount of $20,853,749 for Facilities Improvements at Various School Sites

The District has received $15,887,413 from the Office of Public School Construction in reimbursements of Measure E Construction Projects. Within the next six weeks, the District is slated to receive an additional $9,666,787, making the total reimbursement $25,554,200.

Multiple construction projects at school sites cannot currently be implemented due to lack of funds. 

Staff is requesting that the Board allocate a total of $20,853,749 in funding from the OPSC reimbursement of construction projects to implement the following projects:

  1. The track and field at TAK Stadium is in dire need of repair/replacement, the cost for this could be $1,310,938 or $1,810,938 if the asphalt subbase has to be replaced. 
    1. The approximate cost to replace the field is $717,188 (this includes construction and soft cost).
    2. The approximate cost to replace the track is $593,750 (this includes construction and soft cost). 
    3. Asphalt subbase replacement cost is $500,000.
  2. The roofs at 11 schools need to be repaired or replaced. The construction cost of $12,815,049 plus 25% soft cost $3,203,762 for a total of $16,018,811.
  3. The Parking Lot at Hirsch is very small. To increase it's drop off loop and in addition add additional parking for staff and visitors would cost approximately $624,000. If funds were to be made available, the size of the parking lot would become approximately 22,000 sf. Construction work including new driveway approach and storm water treatment improvements, parking lot lighting and landscaping - $624,000
  4. New Backstop at Irvington High School. The estimate for the overall project budget should be around $300,000.
  5. Community interest in having a Cricket field has been shared with Board members and District staff. Such a project is doable. An initial set-aside of $100,000 is reasonable until District staff can obtain hard figures from a landscape contractor. Cricket Field Option 1
  6. The community has also brought forth concerns about lack of covered spaces for students to eat in the shade. There are multiple ways to address this concern. An initial set-aside of $2 million dollars to address some of these concerns is advisable. While it won’t address DSA approved shelters at all the school sites, it would address the immediate concerns at some of our high schools. 

Staff recommends that the Board authorizes the use of Prop 51 reimbursement in the amount of $20,853,749 for the facilities improvements referenced above. Counsel recommended that Prop 51 reimbursement funds not be deposited with Bond funds, though still must be used for facilities. 

The Board asked for input from the Facilities Advisory Committee and the Measure E Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and for the item to return to the Board for action. 

15.6 Authorized Staff to Amend the Facilities Lease Agreement with Rodan Builders, Inc. (Rodan) for Phase 3 Increment 2 for the Building G Locker Room and Interim Housing at Centerville Middle School (Centerville)

On March 24, 2021 the Board authorized staff to amend the facilities lease agreement with Rodan for completion of the Work of Improvement of Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP)2, for phase 3 for the project at Centerville.

The District received a proposal to amend the current GMP2 with Rodan by $6,639,797. This increase was intended to complete the rehabilitation of Building G locker room and drama room. It also included the cost for interim locker rooms of $1,089,343. The Board originally approved $3 million dollars for the additional scope. 

Staff has worked to reduce the cost for these improvements, and if approved by the Board, would remove the locker room interim housing from the scope. The removal will be in line with the other Junior High schools that did not have interim locker rooms during their modernization projects. The removal of this scope also allows for more open space for students. Despite the modified scope, this project is still over in the construction cost but not over its overall budget. 

Staff requests Board authorization to amend the facilities lease agreement with Rodan to include Phase 3 Increment 2 construction for the building G locker room and drama room in the amount of $5,639,027. These costs were budgeted, subcontractors were competitively bid, and General Conditions costs were competitively negotiated during the LLB proposal review.

The Board unanimously authorized staff to amend the facilities lease agreement with Rodan as outlined.

15.7 Delayed Vote on 2022 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Delegate Assembly Election

The California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly is the policy-making group of the California School Boards Association (CSBA). Delegate Assembly members are elected to serve a two-year term. CSBA Delegate Assembly provides a means through which individual school boards may contribute, through their representatives, to important policy formation. Members of the Delegate Assembly are selected by regions. Fremont Unified School District is in Subregion 7-B (Alameda).

There are four elective vacancies in Subregion 7-B this year, and four individuals have been nominated, two of whom are incumbents (noted by * on the CSBA Delegate Assembly Ballot_2022). Elected Delegates will serve a two-year term beginning April 1, 2022 - March 31, 2024. The ballot also contains a provision for write-in candidates and one write-in candidate has been received for consideration. The Board as a whole may vote for no more than four candidates in the Subregion as indicated on the ballot. 

The ballot must be postmarked by the U.S. Post Office, no later than Tuesday, March 15, 2022. 

The Board unanimously agreed to consider this item at a later meeting. 

 


The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for February 23, 2022 at 6:30pm (time subject to change)

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