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April 18, 2017 > School Board highlights

School Board highlights

Submitted By Robin Michel

Walters to open 2018
Walters is the first junior high scheduled to open as a middle school for the 2018-2019 school year. ÒThis is the BoardÕs first amendment to a middle school conversion project,Ó said Trustee Larry Sweeney, Òand these projects are the heart of Measure E. It is good to see it going forward.Ó

Carla Cox appointed
The Board of Education appointed Carla Cox, to the seat of Parent Member Ð Alternate on the Measure E CitizensÕ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC), which provides fiscal oversight to the $650 million school facilities bond passed by Fremont voters in 2014. Ms. Cox grew up in Fremont and attended Ardenwood Elementary, Walters Jr. High, and Kennedy High School. She is the parent of two children attending Mattos Elementary and is active in the Mattos PTA. She is an attorney for a public interest law firm.

A brief note about Superintendent Dr. James MorrisÕs upcoming retirement and the appointment of Dr. Kim Wallace as the new Superintendent of Fremont Schools. Under Dr. Morris, Measures I, E and K were passed, and he set a strong leadership in place at the district that will make the transition easier.

Dr. Wallace, in thanking the Board for her appointment, said, ÒLike you, this moment is bittersweet, as Dr. Morris has been the best mentor, and best superintendent that anybody has been able to witness and able to work for.Ó She recalled her early days as a student teacher and compared the excellent mentoring she received then to the mentoring she received from Dr. Morris twenty years later, and said that the transition will be similar. ÒI wholeheartedly believe in his vision and will carry it forward, but I am also a different person, and we will work through this transition together.Ó

Regular meetings are tentatively scheduled for the second and/or fourth Wednesday of the month. The next regular board meeting is scheduled for April 26, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Please check the District website ( for agenda and any time and/or location changes. Information about Measure E, the $650 million school facilities bond approved by Fremont voters in June 2014, and the CitizensÕ Bond Oversight Committee and meeting agendas may also be found on the website (click on Quick Links/Measure E)

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