Fillmore School District Wants Increase in Building Fees
By Jean McLeod — Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Joanne Dabbs and Jennifer Weir announced that the FUSD will again be offering a summer school session at Fillmore High School, Mountain Vista Elementary (7) and Piru Elementary (1), 8-11:30 A.M. Monday-Friday starting June 19th through July 24th. Last year over 400 students attended.
It will cost more to build a home or commercial building in Fillmore in a few months due to an increase in Development Impact Fees that Fillmore Unified School District (FUSD) is seeking. That, along with reports on the 2014 Summer School session and Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium Process were the items discussed at the May 6, 2014 meeting.
Ken Reynolds, President of School Works, presented his study which will be presented to the State to ask for an increase in FUSD's school Development Impact Fees (DIF) for residential and commercial property development in Fillmore. Impact fees are payments in advance of completing a development which enables school districts to pay for new construction and improvements and are reviewed every five years. Schools can impose the fees due to Education Code section 17620, pursuant 1996 SB 1562. The new school DIF's will increase from $3.30 to $3.36 per square foot within the perimeter of the residential structure. Each home when built is considered a .7 child occupant, and thus requires more classrooms. Over the past five years 156 homes were built in town and FUSD collected $729,000 in fees. Those new homes represent about 110 new students.
FUSD will again be offering a summer school session at Fillmore High School, Mountain Vista Elementary (7) and Piru Elementary (1), 8-11:30 A.M. Monday-Friday starting June 19th through July 24th. Assistant Superintendent Michael Johnson stated, "Last year over 400 students attended....let's hope we'll have the same this summer."
Elementary classes offered are; Migrant-preK-5th grade; Newcomers - 2nd-5th grade; Intervention (English Language Arts) -K-2nd at risk retention; NFL (kinder boot camp); Successmaker Math -2-5th grade; Special Ed extended year. For the upper 6th-12th grades the classes offered are; Migrant NASA- 6th-8th grade; Migrant PASS- 9th-12th grade; Math Bridge Academy -6th-12th grade; Online math courses; Special Ed extended year.
Amber Henrey with Education Services gave a report in the Smarter Balance Consortium Process (testing). FUSD, like most school districts in California, is dealing with the online testing required by Common Core State Standards. It was reported that the testing is going fairly well with only 822 tests remaining untaken out of the 5,921 required. Henrey informed the Board that the teachers were up to the job and the technology/computers were working fine with IT help available when needed. One point of concern presented was that the State was still giving late information on the testing as the students were taking the tests. Another problem, which will need to be addressed next semester, is the typing required to take the tests is difficult for the younger students. Johnson informed the Board that next school year grades 1-5th will have typing classes an hour each day the first month of classes.
It was announced that former FUSD employee Bob Sube will be replaced by Gama Aguilar as Director of Maintenance Operations of Transportation.