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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report

By Miriam G. Mazliach

May 21, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on May 8, 2013.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Dr. James Morris announced the appointment of Zach Larsen as Principal of Mission San Jose High School, effective July 1. Larsen grew up in Fremont and attended Chadbourne Elementary, Hopkins Junior High and Mission San Jose High (MSJHS), graduating in 1993. While at Mission he participated in swimming all four years and was an editor for the school newspaper, the Smoke Signal.

After high school, Larsen attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in History. After college, he worked in marketing for Reynolds Metals Company. Not completely satisfied Larsen pursued his interest in education. “I took a long term substituting job in New Haven Unified teaching 5th grade. I instantly knew I wanted to teach,” he says. Larsen adds that his parents inspired him with their dedication to teaching in Fremont schools.

He went to National University and obtained a teaching credential. “I did student teaching at Mission Valley and Gomes. I was lucky enough to be hired as a teacher at Gomes where I taught 5th and 6th grade for 8 years while also pursuing my administrative credential,” states Larsen. He also served as the summer school Vice Principal (VP) for Thornton Junior High and followed that as the summer school VP for American High before beginning his career in administration at MSJHS, where he has been for six years. “I am excited to continue serving the community that served me so well. I look forward to ensuring all students learn and have a meaningful 4 years,” Larsen says.

Other items:
Mr. Corey Brown, teacher and Secondary Education Literacy Coach, awarded Certificates of Excellence to a group of 8th and 9th grade students for their outstanding performance in writing. The students had participated in a new writing process aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Students recognized were: Hannah Erling, Washington High; Sanjiv Prabhunandan, American High; Lydia Dadd, American High; Austin Dalmasso, American High; Keerthana Routhu, Horner Junior High; Gabrielle Legate, Walters Junior High; Vijay Raveendran, Centerville Junior High; Lily Au, Thornton Junior High; Alisha Agarwal, Hopkins Junior High.


Five students from Hopkins Junior High did an anti-bullying presentation on academic and cyber-bullying.

In honor of Classified Employees Week, the Board passed a resolution which recognized classified employees for their dedication.


Agenda Item- Acquisition of Real Property:
By a vote of four ayes to one nay (Sweeney), the Board approved the motion to proceed with the acquisition of a 1.3 acre parcel next to Leitch Elementary School, under the Institution of Eminent Domain. The land is essential to accommodate the district’s growth needs and to alleviate the extreme overcrowding at the school.


Agenda Item – Technology Advisory Committee:
John Krull, FUSD Chief Technology Officer; Melissa Heckman, Chairperson; and Antoinette Schlobohm, Vice Chairperson, presented the committee’s annual report. They discussed accomplishments such as sponsoring of wired and wireless network upgrades, drafting a technology plan, and deployment of School Loop at secondary schools, etc. Krull mentioned that they are in the process of determining: technology needs in light of the Smarter Balance Standards, how to move towards updating equipment when outdated, and standardizing the technology equipment being utilized. Additional staff training is also being promoted as well as continuing to research new K-12 technologies.


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