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March 22, 2005 > Fusd Offers Many Opportunities for Involvement

Fusd Offers Many Opportunities for Involvement

by Gary Leatherman

The Fremont Unified School District offers parents and other interested community members numerous opportunities to advise the Board of Education and administration on matters of policy and procedure. The committees and commissions listed below are actively seeking new members.

Detailed information on the functions of the various committees, requirements for membership and application forms are available on the home page of the FUSD web site at listed under District Committees. Although the committees may have specific appointment cycles, applications for all committees are welcome at any time to establish a pool of qualified volunteers for the next appointment cycle.

Board Advisory Commission on Instructional Equity: Popularly known as the Equity Commission, this committee of parents, teachers and community members investigates reported problems with the uniform delivery of curriculum at different schools and advises the Board where corrections are needed. Three members and one alternate member are appointed from each high school attendance area. For further information interested applicants should call 659-2596.

Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee: The CBOC is appointed by the Board of Education to monitor the execution of the 2002 Health and Safety Bond. It is comprised of 11 community members, none of whom may be employees of the district or vendors doing business with the district. Members represent specific categories such as senior citizens, parents, the business community and community at large. The committee will remain active through completion of bond work in 2008. Information and application forms are available on the web site or at 657-2350, ext. 17-705.

Parent Representative Advisory Assembly: One representative and one alternate to PRAA are elected from each school to advise the Board and superintendent on issues of concern to parents. Term of office is one year renewable as long as the elected individual has a student at the school he or she represents.

Family Life Education Advisory Committee: FLEAC advises the Board on curriculum and instructional materials for family life education programs in elementary and secondary schools. Family life covers general health, nutrition, substance abuse, pregnancy and sex education. The committee includes parents, high school students and other residents of Fremont. Further information is available at 659-2596.

Financial Advisory Committee: FAC advises the Board on financial matters. Financial experience is desired but not required. Members represent employee organizations, individual high school attendance areas and the community at large. For information and application form, call 657-2350, ext. 17705.

In addition to the Board-appointed committees, FUSD offers interested volunteers several other avenues for involvement as listed below. Information about any of the committees is available on the FUSD website or by calling the FUSD Communications Department at (510) 659-2594.

Fremont Education Foundation: The FEF is a private non-profit corporation that funds and manages after-school elementary band programs and provides innovative teaching grants to Fremont teachers and schools. For further information, contact the foundation website or call 657-2350, ext. 12285.

The Gifted in Fremont; Gifted and Talented Education Parent Representative Committee; Mission Valley SELPA Community Advisory Committee; District Ethnic and Race Relations Committee; Native American Studies Program Parent Advisory Committee; English Learner Advisory Committee; Music for Minors; Fine Arts Mini-Experience (FAME); Library/Media/Textbook Committees; District Library Plan Committee; Health and Safety Committee; School Site Council; Parent Teacher Association (PTA); Parent Teacher Organization (PTO); Booster Clubs.

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