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June 25, 2013 > Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report

Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report

Article and photos by Miriam G. Mazliach

Highlights of the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting June 12, 2013.

Closed Session:
All administrative actions were approved unanimously.

Three new elementary school Principals:
Leanna Sutton at Warwick
Muriel Evans at Hirsch
Angela Morariu at Glankler Learning Center

Three new elementary Assistant Principals:
Mike Pappas at Warm Springs Elementary
Sarah Clark at Forest Park
Catherine Strommen at Ardenwood

New Assistant Principal at Thornton Jr. High is Harry Pabley

New Assistant Principal at Mission San Jose High is Jeff Evans
New Assistant Principal at Washington High is Jeff Speckels

Community Leadership/Superintendent's Report:
Superintendent James Morris, Ph.D., acknowledged Thomas Hanson as the new Superintendent of MVROP (Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program).

He commented on a variety of student artwork being displayed throughout the District office.

Scholarships provided by Fremont Bank:
During introductory remarks to the Fremont Bank student scholarships, Henry Hutchins of Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) explained that a month prior, Fremont Bank had contacted the foundation about giving scholarships to deserving students. Each principal was tasked to suggest several students who met the criteria. Selection was based on academic achievement and financial need. Awarded students were introduced during the Board meeting.

Awards for School Libraries:
Jan March, Ph.D., Director of the FUSD Instructional Material Center, announced the district's exemplary school libraries. Overall, she explained that the high schools, averaged over 15,000 student visits each month, with approximately 700 per day, 500,000 visits logged during the year and close to a million books checked out!

Additionally, Ms. March recognized those schools that demonstrated a significant increase in inventory/readership of books in library: Ardenwood Elementary, Walters Junior High and Irvington High School. Schools with the highest circulation (books checked out) were: Ardenwood and Warm Springs elementary schools, Hopkins Junior High and Irvington and Washington high schools.

Public Comment/Oral Communications:
Scott Cantacessi, SEIU Local 1021, related that he had discovered/repaired a dangerous/outdated 25 ft. high light on the cafeteria ceiling at Washington High School. He added, "The object could have fallen down and killed someone." In response, President of the Board Larry Sweeney stated, "We appreciate that you have the safety of our kids in mind."

SURF Board Year in Review:
Students United for the Representation to the Fremont Board of Education (SURF), representing the district's local high schools, gave a presentation on their activities during the past school year. Additionally, with a resolution, the Board of Education recognized the SURF members as well as Kyle O'Hollaren who had served as the Student Member representative to the Fremont Board of Education during the 2012-2013 school year.

Other Agenda Items:
Approved the three-year "Successor Agreement between the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) and FUDTA (The Fremont Unified District Teachers Association.) FUDTA President, Brannin Dorsey commented, "We are pleased to have ratified our first three-year agreement in 11 years and the first salary increase since 2007."

Received the report on "Overcrowded Schools and Attendance Area Assignments, to update what has transpired since January. New housing developments are having quite an impact on FUSD. Overall, enrollment is relatively stable, but the district has experienced a growth pattern over the last four years, especially last year. Because of several concerns by Board members, after a motion they approved only a handful of school assignment areas and will come back for a broader discussion at a future Board meeting.

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