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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report

By Miriam G. Mazliach

December 18, 2012

The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting of December 12, 2012 was a time to bid adieu and thank two outgoing Board Trustees, Bryan Gebhardt (4 years) and Ivy Wu (8 years), for their dedication to the district. Wu and Gebhardt had not sought re-election.

In his comments, Superintendent James Morris stated, “They [Gebhardt and Wu] are the heart, conscience and engine that really drive the district forward. We value them and their public service on behalf of [the district’s] 33,000 students.

Both Gebhardt and Wu were awarded with honorary resolutions and proclamations from Fremont Unified School District and the Office of State Senator Ellen Corbett.

Following additional comments and remembrances from community members as well as remarks from the outgoing trustees, the Board moved on to the next order of business--administering the Oath of Office to re-elected Board Trustee Lily Mei and to newly elected Board Trustees, Desrie Campbell and Ann Crosbie. After the ceremonies, the three assumed their seats next to Board Vice President Lara Calvert-York and Board President Larry Sweeney.

In other major happenings, the district received a generous donation of $277,000 from the Fremont Bank Foundation. Mr. Brian Hughes, Director of Nonprofit Business Development for Fremont Bank, made the official check presentation to the Superintendent and Board of Education Trustees.

According to Supt. Morris, “The funds will be used to create a professional development center/ technology training room/ television broadcast studio for FUSD (located at the District Office) and it will have a huge impact on staff, students and the community.”

The official ribbon cutting, for the opening of the Technology Center, is planned for the end of January 2013.

In other matters of note:

Raul Zamora was introduced as the New Director of Classified Personnel. Zamora will begin his duties as of January 15, 2013.

Citing the Fair Education Act, Fremont parent, Dianne Jones, donated several copies of a LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual) themed book for distribution to the district’s various junior and senior high school libraries. She also asked the Board to consider instituting Harvey Milk Day as an official school holiday, “to ensure a safer school environment for all students,” said Jones.

Assistant Superintendent of Business, Raul Parungao presented the First Interim Budget Report for 2012-2013, to the Board for its approval. In order to retain a “Positive Certification,” the district must meet its financial obligations for the current as well as two subsequent years. Although FUSD has lost over $187 million in revenue funding since the 2007-2008 school year, Parungao stated that the district will still be able to retain its 3 percent reserve, as required by law, without making additional cuts.

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