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July 2, 2013 > Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report

Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report

Article and photos by Miriam G. Mazliach

Highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on June 26, 2013.

Closed Session:
Superintendent James Morris announced that the following administrative appointments were approved:
Jose Hernandez as Principal of Blacow Elementary
Eddie Velez as Principal of Kennedy High School
Amanda Melsby as Assistant Principal of American High School
Monica Guzman as Assistant Principal of Irvington High School
Erica Donahue as Assistant Principal of Washington High School

Community Leadership/Superintendent's Report:
Mentioned Warm Spring Elementary School's salute to its principal, Scott Iwata, with a poster emblazoned with "My Principal is a Rock Star."

Thanked Brannin Dorsey for her "leadership and partnership" as FUDTA President.

Oral Communications/Public Comment:
A concerned community member spoke about students being bullied by a sports coach at American High School.

A student stated that Irvington High School is in need of a sheltered area with additional seating to accommodate students at lunch.

Commenting on completing her time as FUDTA President, Brannin Dorsey stated, "What a wonderful opportunity this was and I wouldn't trade it for any other experience. I feel like I'm finishing my senior (4th) year and moving on to other things. Sherea is the right person for the job, especially as she is a good match for Common Core." Dorsey will be returning to Parkmont Elementary School to teach first grade.

Marta Dragos, Executive Director of FUDTA, gave a top ten list salute to Dorsey, highlighting her accomplishments.

Various Agenda Items:
Peggy Herndon, Chair, presented the Annual Report from the Measure K Citizens' Oversight Committee. She stated that the money raised through this parcel tax is being utilized as specified by the voters. They are seeking new members to participate on the committee.

Director of Secondary Education, James Maxwell discussed the parent permission form required for students to participate in the Health and Sex Education classes at the secondary level. The Board and Maxwell went back and forth regarding the wording to be used; they also talked about educational alternatives for students whose parents opt out of the program.

The Board discussed and then approved the budget for the 2013 - 2014 school year.

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