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Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting report

By Miriam G. Mazliach

April 23, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on April 10, 2013.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
Winners of the 2013 Young Composer’s Competition were recognized during the School Board meeting. The competition is co-sponsored annually by FUSD and the Fremont Symphony Orchestra. Students in grades 4 – 6 were eligible to participate by submitting an original musical composition. Winning selections were then professionally arranged and performed at two Children’s Concerts held at Ohlone College on March 26. The students were introduced at the concerts and attended a reception, in their honor with their families. The Young Composer winners are: Aileen Chen, Mission Valley Elementary; Irene Geng, Hirsch Elementary; Tony Ma, Patterson Elementary; Rahul Swaminathan, Ardenwood Elementary, and Sasha Tang, Gomes Elementary.

Also during the Board meeting, a group of students from Irvington High School donated a check in the amount of $1,140 to the Fremont Education Foundation. The funds were raised from the school’s Camaraderie Concert, an annual musical showcase event, which was held on March 28.

Agenda Item – Resolution on Reduced Classified Work Days:
This item stirred up a lot of emotions and comments from representatives of the Classified Employees Union as well Board members and the public. The item up for approval involved reducing a number of workdays in certain positions, due to what was deemed a “lack of work.” Many disagreed with this assessment, stating that this was not accurate. After much back and forth discussion, Board President Larry Sweeney suggested that the item be tabled until the next Board meeting, so that Staff and Classified representatives could work on it together to bring about an equitable result.

Action on other Agenda Items:
The Board unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Governor and Legislature to develop a plan/formula to more equitably enable Districts to have local control of school funding and be able to set community priorities based on local needs.

The Board unanimously approved the developer fees to expand/remodel/add classroom space as needed at Warm Springs, Mattos and Hirsch elementary schools and Horner Junior High School, based on their projected increases of student enrollment. This is considered a short-term fix. To work on a more lasting solution throughout the District, FUSD is proceeding with long-range Facilities Planning.

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