Board Highlights
from the March 12, 2019 meeting
Measure AA Bond Project Budget and Construction Schedule Update
In November 2018, residents in the City of Milpitas passed a $284 million General Obligation Bond. The District is committed to spending the funds in the following four major categories:

  • Safety and Security
  • Ayer Educational Park/2nd High School Campus
  • Modernizations
  • Relieve Overcrowding

In 2015, the District facility department began engaging the school sites, departments, and community representatives to identify the projects that followed into the four major categories. TBD consultants, a professional cost estimating firm, was contracted to evaluate the costs associated with each project.
Wendy Zhang, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, provided the Board with an update about the project budget with an estimated construction schedule during the meeting.

Work will begin this summer with painting, paving, and roofing projects at various schools in addition to piping work at Spangler Elementary School.

Zhang went line item by line item to describe the work that will be done through approximately 2023. Forty-seven percent of funding will be used to address overcrowding, which includes constructing four buildings to complete Mabel Mattos Elementary School ($45,540,346). This project is imperative for the district as enrollment is only going to grow in the coming years, unlike what other districts are seeing. Twenty-one percent ($66,817,727) of the funding will go toward Ayer Education Park/second high school campus. And modernizing Milpitas High School comes in at $85,839,632. Both of those projects have upcoming facilities meetings planned with stakeholders, which is open to the community.
  
RECOGNITIONS
Milpitas Xtreme Robotics club semifinalists, win Sportsmanship Award at competition
The Board of Education honored members of the Milpitas Xtreme Robotics (MXR) club at Milpitas High School. They represented the community on February 16 during the VEX Robotics Competition, becoming semifinalists and winning the Sportsmanship Award at the event.

"It was our first year competing in VEX, and we are incredibly proud to have earned this victory," said Chloe Wang, president of the club. "Even though it may not be a first place trophy, we were able to learn, do well, and give our members and others an unforgettable experience - therefore, it was definitely a victory for us."

During the meeting, Wang explained that one of the club's goals this year is to start outreach to elementary and middle schools in order to provide the opportunity to younger students who may be interested in STEM and robotics.

To learn more about this work and about the club, read the article online here .
ACTION ITEMS
Trustees adopt Second Interim Report
Zhang and Linh Le, Director of Business Services, gave a presentation about the Second Interim Report, which Trustees adopted so MUSD could submit a positive financial certification to the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

The Second Interim Report is to advise Administrators, the Board, the public, and other interested agencies of the district’s current General Fund financial status. The district is required to notify the County Office of Education and the State Department of Education whether or not it will be able to meet its financial obligations.

According to the report, the general fund revenue is $121 million while expenditures come in at $126 million. Zhang then shared a slide about the governor's 2019-20 state budget proposals in order to illustrate the impact it will have at the district level. Because Governor Gavin Newsom didn't plan for discretionary funding, MUSD will receive $2 million less in state revenue. Zhang accounted for this in her budgeting; this is just one example of how MUSD has taken a conservative approach.

Zhang then shared that because the Local Control Funding Formula is now fully implemented, enrollment is key. She shared enrollment history and the district demographer's projections, which show that Milpitas can expect 10,707 students by 2023-2024 compared to its current 10,155.

She then focused on multi-year projection factors through 2020-2021, where the ending balance is anticipated at $4,356,030.

Because history often repeats itself and a recession may be on the horizon, Zhang said the district will continue to be conservative with its spending in order to stay in a positive financial state.
Board approves recommendations for Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee members
The Milpitas Unified School District was successful during the election conducted on November 6, 2018, to issue up to $284 million of the District's general obligation bonds (Measure AA). This necessitated the need for the District to establish a Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC).

The purpose of the CBOC is to provide oversight and accountability on the expenditures funded by Measure AA to ensure that the said funds are spent for the purposes approved by the voters. The CBOC monitors the expenditures of these funds by the District and reports to the Board of Education and the community on an annual basis on how these funds have been spent. An annual audit is a part of the CBOC's report to the Board. According to CBOC Bylaws, the committee shall consist of at least seven members appointed by the Board of Education.

The school district received a total of 12 applications for the CBOC. From this group, a subcommittee (consisting of Board President Chris Norwood, Board Vice President Hon Lien, Board Clerk Daniel Bobay, and Superintendent Cheryl Jordan) reviewed the applications during a special subcommittee meeting on March 6. They recommended nine candidates to be members of the CBOC in the following categories: 

  • Parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District: Amin Fazal and Gregory A. "Spike" Jones 
  • Parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District and active in a parent-teacher organization or a school site council: Silvia Dias and Prasanth Pulavarthi
  • Person active in a business organization representing the business community located in the District: Pono Victor Aiona
  • Person active in a senior citizens' organization: Ron Lind
  • Person active in a bona-fide taxpayers association: Joseph Weinstein
  • People in the community at large: Suraj Viswanathan and Tom Valore

One member is required in all categories, except community member at large, in which two people are necessary.

The Board approved the candidates recommended by the subcommittee to be members of the committee.
Members of the committee will meet quarterly, and are also being invited to upcoming facilities planning meetings, which are open to the public.

Help MUSD plan and prepare our students to be ready for the future. You are invited to join us in laying a solid foundation for new MUSD facilities by attending one of our upcoming meetings:

Milpitas High School Facilities Planning
March 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
April 24, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Library, Milpitas High School, 1285 Escuela Parkway, Milpitas

Ayer Education Park and Second High School Campus Facilities
March 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
April 25, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Board Room 500, District Office, 1331 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas

Input shared during the stakeholder meetings will be considered as part of the master plan, created by the LPA architecture firm, which will determine work for specific modernization, safety and security, and construction to Milpitas High and the second high school campus. A draft is expected to be presented at the May 14 Board Meeting followed by final approval at the May 28 meeting.
Trustees adopt resolution recognizing March as National Women's History Month
The Milpitas Unified School District Board of Education and MUSD staff wish to recognize the experiences of its students and staff by adopting resolutions that give voice to the rich diversity here. By adopting this resolution, Milpitas Unified School District is joining other communities and school districts in our nation in celebrating March as National Women's History Month. Student Board Representative Vivek Chotai read the resolution into the record.

"Whereas, women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of the United States of America in countless recorded and unrecorded way," the resolution states. "...Whereas, women have been leaders, not only in securing their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the abolitionist movement, the emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movement, and other movements, especially the peace movement, which create a more fair and just society for all."

Board approves resolution honoring
March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day
In addition to adopting a resolution for National Women's History Month, the Board approved a resolution recognizing and honoring March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day. Student Board Representative Jeda Aspiras read the resolution into the record.

"Whereas, A passionate advocate for social justice and civil rights for the poor and disenfranchised, Cesar E. Chavez was a true American hero, and the anniversary of his birth, March 31st, provides a fitting opportunity to remember and honor his many contributions," the resolution states. "...Whereas, For more than three decades, Cesar E. Chavez led social change through peaceful tactics such as fasts, boycotts, strikes and pilgrimages; his union's efforts influenced and inspired millions of Americans, forging a diverse national coalition of students, religious group, and minorities in a hard-won struggle to achieve humane living conditions, and dignity and respect for the hundreds of thousands of farmworkers across the country."