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May 7, 2013 > Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting report

Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting report

By Miriam G. Mazliach

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on April 24, 2013.

Community Leadership/Superintendent's Report:
Superintendent Dr. James Morris introduced Robert Moran who has been hired as Principal at Washington High School, effective July 1. Moran grew up in Fremont and attended schools here, graduating from Washington High in 1987. He is a graduate of UC Davis and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from San Jose State University. For the past 17 years, Moran has worked at Irvington High School, 12 years as an Art teacher and for the last five years, as an Assistant Principal and Vice-Principal.

Dr. Morris also reported that Sahir Qureshi, a 5th grade student at Niles Elementary School, won the California State Elementary Spelling Bee competition, held in Stockton on April 20.

Agenda Item - Receive the Proposed Enrollment Presentation:
A new centralized Enrollment Center will open at the District Office on July 1, and hopefully this process will make it easier for families and the school sites. Dr. Morris explained that this will take the burden off of schools and will not affect current staff. Enrollment will be streamlined throughout the year, not only during the summer. Moving to an online system, rather than filling out multiple forms will make it easier to update and disseminate information. For this first year, the focus will be on the initial enrollment function for kindergarten/elementary levels, and the assessment of language help, if needed. In year two, additional services and grade levels would be added on to the capabilities of the Enrollment Center.

Presenting more details regarding the proposed Enrollment Center were Dr. Deborah Sims, Assistant Supt. for Instruction and Director of Pupil Services, Rickey Jones. They explained that initially there were meetings held with District school secretaries to receive their input and discuss what the center could or should be - a "One Stop Service Center" designed to facilitate the enrollment process for families. Plans were then formulated. The first step would be for families to complete the enrollment application online. Then parents would be given an appointment time to come in and meet with a staff member at the Enrollment Center located in the District Office. Current staff members in Pupil Services and Language Assessment, plus one additional full time employee (hired through General Funds) would handle the work at the Enrollment Center.

Washington on Wheels will assist the District by providing immunizations and physical exams to uninsured students, to enable them to start school.

In other Agenda matters, the Board:

Approved and renewed COIL (Circle of Independent Learning) Charter School for a five-year period.

Approved the Uses of Categorical Funds-Pt.1

Received a presentation, by the Director of Child Nutrition Services, Elsie Szeto, on the recently conducted review of the District's food service program, by the National School Lunch Program.

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