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Board Meeting Highlights - October 28, 2020
Posted 10/29/20

At its October 28th meeting, The FUSD Board of Education:

 

Adopted Resolution 017-2021, Authorizing The Issuance Of Fremont Unified School District (Alameda County, California) Election Of 2014 General Obligation Bonds, Series D, And Actions Related Thereto – Staff recommended approval of Resolution 017-2021 authorizing the issuance of FUSD Election of 2014 General Obligation Bonds, Series D. The District is requesting to issue $126.5 million in bonds to fund Measure E projects approved by voters in June 2014. See presentation here.

Adopted Resolution 018-2021 A Resolution Of The Board Of Education Of The Fremont Unified School District Authorizing The Issuance Of Fremont Unified School District (Alameda County, California) 2020 General Obligation Refunding Bonds – The Resolution authorizes the issuance of FUSD 2020 General Obligation Refunding Bonds. The estimated savings for taxpayers is estimated to be $6 million over the life of the refinancing. This equates to nearly 5% present value savings, which is above the industry benchmark for a bond refinancing. The potential savings are subject to interest rate fluctuations until the bonds are sold.

Reviewed and Approved the Proposed Composition of the District Equity Team – The proposed District Equity Team would be composed of the following members:

  • 2 CSEA Members (members will be picked by bargaining unit)
  • 2 FSMA Members (members will be picked by bargaining unit)
  • 2 SEIU Members (members will be picked by bargaining unit)
  • 2 FUDTA Members (members will be picked by bargaining unit)
  • 5 Parents/Guardians (one from each attendance area; members approved by the school board)
  • 1 Parent/Guardian (one from Robertson/Vista or COIL; member approved by the school board)
  • 1 Curriculum & Instruction Advisory Committee (C & I) Member (member will be picked by C & I and must be an employee)
  • 1 Special Education District Advisory Committee (SEDAC) Member (member will be picked by SEDAC and must be an employee)
  • 1 Wellness Committee Member (member will be picked by the committee and must be an employee)
  • 1 African American Parent Advisory Committee (AAPAC) Member (member will be picked by AAPAC and must not be an employee)
  • 1 District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) Member (member will be picked by DELAC and must not be an employee)
  • 1 Local Control & Accountability Advisory Committee (LCAAC) Member (member will be picked by LCAAC and must not be an employee)
  • 5 Student Members (one from each attendance area; members will be picked by SURF BoardE students)
  • 1 Student Member (one from Robertson/Vista or COIL; member will be picked by SURF BoardE students)
  • 2 Community Members (can be alumni of FUSD)
  • Up to 2 Board Members (non-voting)
  • Director of Student Support Services & Assistant Superintendent Instructional Services (Co-facilitators and answer questions, present, non-voting).

This District committee will have a composition of eleven FUSD employees, eleven parents/guardians/community members and six students. After the Board's action, applications for the District Equity Team will be made available to parents/guardians and the community and will be due to the Director of Student Support Services no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2020. Motion to approve with the addition of two, at-large parent members. Motion approved by 5-0 vote.

Approved the Adoption of ESGI and i-Ready as Learning Loss Assessment Systems for Grades TK-5 – Working with the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association, a committee of teachers and administrators was formed to evaluate assessment systems from outside vendors. Following the presentations, the committee met and determined their choices for the best systems for each grade level. The committee chose vendors for grades TK-5. The committee is still working to identify the best systems to measure learning loss in the secondary grade levels. The cost of ESGI is $59,150.00 and the cost of i-ready is $331,732.48.

Received Review of the ABLE Choice Special Education Study for 2019-20 – In October 2019, educational consultants from the company the ABLE Choice conducted a review of special education programs and procedures in FUSD. In December 2019, they issued their findings in a report. The consultants made 11 primary recommendations in their report.  The attached presentation provides a review of each item along with a description of how the special education department has addressed the recommendations thus far. 

Approved Selection of Koppel & Gruber Public Finance for Developer Fee Justification Services and Entering into the Independent Consultant Agreement with Koppel & Gruber Public Finance – Board approved the Independent Consultant Agreement between District and Koppel & Gruber Public Finance for up to two years to provide services for Developer Fee Justification Study and the School Facility Needs Analysis for the District to justify its developer fee rates, and authorize the Associate Superintendent to enter into the Agreement on behalf of the District, and take all other actions necessary to implement the contract terms.

Authorized Staff to Enter into an Agreement with Cordoba Corporation to Provide District Wide and Project-Related Relocation Management Services for the District’s New Construction, Modernization, Renovation, and Demolition Projects – Board approved the authorization to enter into an agreement for Relocation Management Services with Cordoba Corporation for the District’s new construction, modernization, renovation, and demolition projects through the completion of the Measure E Bond Program, up to three years, in the amount of $950,400. The services will include management and logistics assistance for Thornton, Kennedy HS, Centerville, Hopkins, Horner and Group I- ES Schools to be completed. All move management, planning, packing, unpacking and coordination services will be handled under this contract. This service will aid and support FUSD efforts to accommodate changes that will be felt by the site staff and minimize any confusion of misplaced resources that will impact overall instruction.

Authorized Staff to Enter into an Agreement with Cordoba Corporation for Construction Management Services for the Design and Bidding Phase of the Modernization Project at Kennedy High School – The Board approved the authorization to enter into an agreement for design and bidding phase CM services with the Cordoba Corporation for the Kennedy project in the amount of $243,302. The scope of CM services will be for pre-construction services through completion of the bid process. In the future, staff will bring to the Board a planned amendment to add services for construction administration and final close-out. The cost for these services is within the budget for the Project.

Authorized Staff to Enter into an Agreement with AE3 Partners to assist the District with Updating and Preparation of a Facilities Assessment and Condition Report, and a Long-Range Facilities Plan – The Long Range Facilities Master Plan (LRFP) was completed by LPA Design Studios (LPA) and was adopted by the Board of Education on January 29, 2014. The plan identified a need of $1.6 billion dollars based on 2014 currency. A portion of the need is being addressed by the $650 million Measure E general obligation bond currently being implemented. Several options were presented that provide a realistic plan of action for the facilities program update requirements district wide and met the minimum requirements to prepare and implement facilities initiatives. Board approved the authorization to enter into an agreement for assisting the District with updating and preparation of a facilities assessment and condition report, and a long-range facilities plan with AE3 Partners in the amount of $988,977.

Authorized Staff to Amend the Facilities Lease Agreement with Blach Construction Company for Completion of the Work of Improvement of Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) 3, Phase 2 New Classroom Buildings for the New Construction Project at Thornton Middle School – The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has approved Increment 2 – New Classroom Buildings. Blach has solicited bids from subcontractors for this work. These bids were assessed using a “best value” approach. Based on the bids received, Blach developed and submitted for review a detailed proposal for Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) 3 – Increment 2 – New Classroom Buildings. Staff has reviewed the GMP proposal prepared by Blach and found it to be in alignment with all terms and conditions of the site and facilities leases. This GMP is below the budget for this work by approximately 1%. The table below represents the requested Board authorization for the second phase of construction of the New Construction and Modernization Project at Thornton:

 

Blach’s Original Contract for Precon Services

$410,760

Board Approved 03/13/19

Amendment No. 1 – GMP 1 and Precon

   $5,916,722

Board Approved 05/06/20

GMP 2 - Phase 3 - New Track and Baseball Field

   $3,359,759

Board Approved 05/20/20

GMP 2 - Phase 1 - Electrical Utilities

$602,241

Board Approved 05/20/20

GMP 3 – Phase 2 – New Classroom Buildings

$28,342,258

Pending Board Approval 10/28/20

Updated Contract Amount

$38,631,740

 

 

 

See Video of entire meeting here 

 

The Board’s next Regular Meeting (virtual) is scheduled for Thursday, November 12th, 6:30pm (time subject to change)