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August 6, 2013 > Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report

Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report

By Miriam G. Mazliach

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held July 24, 2013.

Closed Session:
Superintendent James Morris announced that the following new administrative appointments had been approved:
Liza Muzaffery as Principal of Mattos Elementary
Ronaldo Fisher as Assistant Principal at Kennedy High School
Nathania Chaney-Aiello as Assistant Principal at Washington High School

Community Leadership/Superintendent's Report:
The superintendent commented on his visit to the Summer School being held at Walters Jr. High and complimented students and staff for all their educational effort. FUSD is one of the few districts still offering Summer School at the elementary, junior high and high school levels.

Agenda Item - Safe Routes to School:
Representatives from the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program discussed a variety of options for getting students to school safely (i.e., walking, bicycling, and carpooling). For several years, the program has been active in a number of Fremont schools and each year more schools are being encouraged to participate. The agency plans to increase the school involvement rate by 10 percent in the upcoming year.

Agenda Item - FUSD Budget Update:
Raul Parungao, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, presented the district's budget review, required no later than 45 days after the Governor signs the State Budget Act. Although it appears more positive for the 2013-2014 school year, there is still concern for the years beyond. The district needs to reduce class sizes (K-3) or risk losing $1 million through the Federal Government's Department of Education's CSR (Class Size Reduction) Program. Also, with the implementation of Common Core Standards (a new teaching and student learning approach), if sufficient funds are not received, the district could get into a financial bind, due to the expanded programs and salaries.

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