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March 12, 2013 > Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting report

Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting report

By Miriam G. Mazliach

Agenda Item - iFUSD Update:
Three bright and tech-savvy high school students were the buzz of the recent February 27 Fremont Unified School Board meeting. The trio of: Adi Jung (12th grade, MSJHS), Steven Mazliach (12th grade MSJHS), and Rootvij Bage (10th grade, Kennedy High School), presented updates to the iFUSD app. The iPhone app was originally launched in September of 2011 after development by Mission High School students, Sumukh Sridhara and Andrew Han. Adi Jung joined their efforts in 2012 to work on an Android version. With Sridhara and Han both attending college this year, Jung was joined by the two new team members.

The iFUSD app enables users to easily access information from the FUSD website and receive "push notifications" (alerts) from the district on their iOS and Android devices.

FUSD's Director of Technology, John Krull, serves as the team's liaison/advisor and alerts the students of potential features for future updates.

This year, Jung, Mazliach, and Bage were tasked with updating the app and fixing 'bugs' (problems). In the newest release, Mazliach and Bage introduced these new features to the iOS version: School Loop integration; Naviance integration; iPhone5, Retina, and iOS6 support; Access to News, Headlines and Alerts for schools; a new 'Communications' category; Organizational changes of the app. Sridhara provided some consulting assistance.

Jung was responsible for the Android version, in which all of the above listed features were added, as well as Google Cloud Messaging, a feature similar to the Apple push notifications that have been essential for the iOS app.

All these changes have been made over two official updates for iOS: Versions 1.4 and 1.5, and on Android, Version 1.1. Next in the works, by the iFUSD team, is a prototype Blackberry version.

To download the app on your phone, free of charge, go to the Apple App Store for iPhone or to Google Play for Android and search 'iFUSD.'


Agenda Item - Budget:
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Raul Parungao, gave an overview of the school district's budget. He has scheduled "Community Budget" meetings for all who wish to attend and gain a better understanding of the district's financial situation:

Forums for Parents, Community Members and Staff:
Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and April 11, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Budget Forum for District Staff and Principals:
Tuesday, March 12, 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Meeting for Principals only:
Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 a.m.

Additional Budget Forum presentations may be scheduled upon request. All meetings will be held at the Fremont Unified District Office, 4210 Technology Drive.

Parungao has also posted budget and other pertinent information on the Business Services webpage: http://www.fremont.k12.ca.us//Domain/78 or call (510) 659-2572.


Agenda Item - Long-Range Facilities Plan (LRFP):
FUSD's Director of Facilities and Maintenance, Therese Gain, discussed the Long-Range Facilities Plan with the assistance of Steve Newsom of LPA, Incorporated. LPA is a large firm that the district has contracted with to assist in the development of a Long-Range Facilities Plan. They would assess and provide input on what needs to happen at each school site, in order to improve functionality, safety, modernization, etc.

In the planning stages, are school-by-school focus groups and online surveys, to obtain input from staff, administrators, students, the School Board, parents and community members. LPA would then develop a prioritization list based on the most pressing of needs as well as a cost estimation and a finalized Master Plan with recommendations.

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