Citizens Advisory Committee
The purpose of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is to study the enrollment needs of FUHSD and all its aspects, and to provide a report and findings in order for the FUHSD Board of Trustees to make decisions for implementation in the 2017-2018 school year.
The FUHSD Superintendent has created a Superintendent's ad hoc Citizens Advisory Committee on Enrollment. This committee will meet independently from the Board of Trustees and have an independent facilitator.
CAC Update: Nov. 29, 2016
On Nov. 15, the FUHSD Board of Trustees voted to accept the recommendation of the Citizens Advisory Committee regarding the stabilization of enrollment at Lynbrook High School. Please view this community letter for more information on the adopted recommendation, which was approved via Board Resolution No. 1617-08: Approving a Supplemental School Assignment Plan, and implementation of the plan.
CAC Notice: Board Meeting - November 15, 2016
CAC Update: November 9, 2016
On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the Citizens Advisory Committee presented their findings and recommendations on the issue of enrollment, specifically the declining enrollment at Lynbrook High School, during a special board study session. Members of the community were invited and given the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions during an open session.
For more information, please view the CAC's presentation.
CAC Notice: Board Study Session - November 9, 2016
CAC Update: October 26, 2016
On October 26, the CAC met for the tenth and final time to review the committee’s final report to the Superintendent and FUHSD Board of Education. The seven-member Communications Subcommittee reviewed the presentation they will be giving to the Superintendent, Board and community members at the November 9 Special Study Session at Fremont High School.
CAC Update: October 12, 2016
On October 12, the CAC met for the ninth time to finalize the committee’s recommendations to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees. During the last CAC meeting, committee members had a long discussion about possible future need for more definitive solutions to the problem of declining enrollment at Lynbrook High School in the CAC’s final recommendations. Committee members were presented with three different language options by facilitator Minh Le. They then discussed edits and changes to these options, and committee members were given the opportunity to advocate for their preferred option. Committee members subsequently voted on the three language options, but were divided between the three choices (Language Option 1 received 11 votes, Language Option 2 received 11 votes, and Language Option 3 received 8 votes). Mr. Le suggested to the group that a consensus on this additional language was not required, and that all three language options would be incorporated in the final report to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees so that they would be aware of the full range of sentiments from the committee about this question.
The committee then discussed the creation of a Communications Subcommittee. CAC members nominated and subsequently elected seven CAC members. Several additional nominations were made, but those individuals declined. The seven-member subcommittee is tasked with relaying information to the community at large and presenting the CAC’s final report to the Superintendent and Board at a special study session on Wednesday, Nov. 9. At the end of the meeting, Superintendent Polly Bove reviewed the logistics, timing and preparations that would be necessary for the subcommittee to follow in order to have the CAC’s final report ready for the Nov. 9 Board study session. The minutes of the Oct. 12 meeting can be read here.
CAC Update: September 28, 2016
The eighth meeting of the CAC provided an opportunity for committee members to submit proposals for a solution to the Lynbrook High School enrollment issue, to advocate for those proposals and vote upon them. Facilitator Minh Le set an ambitious goal for committee members, to achieve a consensus with at least 80% majority vote in recommending an enrollment stabilizing solution. Following the nomination of 8 separate proposals, the committee went through three rounds of voting. Before each vote, committee members were invited to briefly advocate for their preferred proposal. The results of the final round of voting indicated that 76% of the committee supported what was named Proposal A, which was a combination of the following enrollment stabilizing options: Option 7G (All 8th Graders at Miller Middle School have the option to choose to attend LHS), Option 8G (All 8th graders at McAuliffe Middle School have the option to choose to attend LHS) and Option 6 (All 8th Graders in the Hyde Middle School attendance area have the option to apply to attend LHS), with each option implemented concurrently. This did not reach the 80% threshold that the facilitator was looking for. However, together with another compromise solution, Proposal D, an 83% threshold was reached. Proposal D is made up of Option 6 (All 8th Graders in the Hyde Middle School attendance area have the option to apply to attend LHS), Option 7 (All 8th Graders in the Miller Middle School attendance area have the option to apply to attend LHS) and Option 8 (All 8th graders at McAuliffe Middle School have the option to apply to attend LHS). The next meeting of the CAC will be held on Oct. 12 at which time CAC members will finalize their recommendations regarding the longer term enrollment stabilization of LHS and determine how to present their recommendations to the Superintendent and the Board. The Sept. 28 meeting minutes can be read here.
CAC Update: September 14, 2016
The seventh meeting of the CAC provided an opportunity for committee members to acknowledge and resolve past dynamics and to continue discussion about possible solutions to the issue of declining enrollment at Lynbrook High School. The committee reviewed the eight available options that have been discussed over the past several meetings and discussed their pros and cons, as well as the various criteria that should be used in choosing a solution(s) and making a recommendation to the Superintendent and the Board of Education. Several proposals were put on the table by members of the committee, however no formal votes were taken. The CAC will reconvene for their next meeting on Sept. 28 to continue working towards consensus on a recommendation to the Superintendent and the Board and to discuss the formation of a Communications Subcommittee that would be tasked with sharing information with the broader community. The Sept. 14 meeting minutes can be read here.
CAC Update: August 31, 2016
The sixth meeting of the CAC provided an opportunity for committee members to review and narrow down enrollment stabilizing options, while considering both practicality and reasonability. Committee facilitator Minh Le revisited some comments made by the district’s Enrollment Projection Consultant Tom Williams, regarding his belief that after the year 2020 a significant decline in enrollment could occur across the entire district. Minh reminded the committee that at this time, this is not yet an official forecast, and if and when that projection shows up within the 5-year forecast window, there will be plenty of time for planning and appropriate strategies to be developed to address that development if necessary. The committee subsequently discussed target setting for the attending enrollment at Lynbrook and arrived at consensus that 1850 is the ideal minimum attending enrollment at this time. Director of Business Services Jason Crutchfield provided a brief overview of class size ratios and the section allocation process, while Associate Superintendent Graham Clark gave a short presentation on the planned school and facilities improvements at Lynbrook from Measure K. The CAC members reviewed the methods available to the district for stabilizing enrollment and discussed the pros and cons of several of these methods. During the course of this discussion, Minh suggested that because community buy-in on a boundary change would be very difficult to achieve at this time, the committee might consider removing this method from consideration. Three CAC members were in disagreement with this motion. Minh recognized the objection from these three members and acknowledged that more discussion was desirable. At the close of the meeting, Minh asked committee members to think further about eliminating from consideration the most contentious “win-lose” methods in preparation for the next meeting of the CAC on Sept. 14. The Aug. 31 meeting minutes can be read here.
CAC Update: August 17, 2016
The fifth meeting of the FUHSD Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) provided an opportunity for the CAC’s Enrollment Projection Subcommittee to report out to the entire committee on their enrollment data analysis and key findings. This analysis was developed after several subcommittee meetings with internal and external subject matter experts to review and analyze the enrollment data. The subcommittee determined in their key findings that while near-term projections were more accurate than long-term projections and that the accuracy level was not completely uniform across all of the high schools, the best case scenario still indicates that there is a decline in enrollment at Lynbrook and a need to take measures to address this decline. The members of the subcommittee stated that they had verified the enrollment projection methodology and did not believe a second opinion to be necessary. The subcommittee included in their recommendations to the CAC that committee members think of enrollment projections as a range, rather than a single data point and to focus on a solution that would allow flexibility for long-term success.
The district’s enrollment projection consultant Tom Williams also made a presentation to the committee, which included information on enrollment trends throughout the Bay Area, the impact of both new housing and the cost of living/housing prices on student enrollment, trends in FUHSD enrollment over the last decade and data and trends from FUHSD’s two feeder districts – Sunnyvale School District and Cupertino Union School District. FUHSD staff provided information about enrollment and its effect on course options and the levels below which comprehensive education course options are compromised. Following the evening’s presentations, the CAC members were asked to state individual conclusions that suggested a high level of general agreement that more students are needed to boost enrollment at Lynbrook High School in order to maintain a comprehensive high school experience and robust course offerings for all students.
Click here to view the presentation from the Enrollment Projection Subcommittee and here to view the presentation from enrollment projection consultant. Click here to read the minutes from the August 17 meeting. The first five meetings of the CAC up to now have provided an opportunity for members to learn more about FUHSD, accountability requirements and the interdependence of enrollment, funding, staffing and course offerings. Beginning with the next meeting, the committee will begin to consider possible solutions to address the declining enrollment at Lynbrook High School.
CAC Update: August 3, 2016
The focus of the fourth meeting of the FUHSD Citizens Advisory Committee provided the opportunity for CAC members to more deeply understand the different enrollment options that are available for their consideration, such as area of choice, open enrollment, boundary change, program location or relocation, and intra-district transfers. Attorney Ed Sklar was present to provide legal information about the viability of different enrollment strategies and options. FUHSD Superintendent Polly Bove continued with her practice of participating in a question and answer session with the CAC and at this meeting questions were asked about Proposition 51 (concerning the fees that developers pay to school districts) and an inquiry about whether or not FUHSD was yet in receipt of updated enrollment numbers for this school year. Click here to view the presentation by FUHSD staff concerning dual immersion programs. Click here to read the minutes from the August 3 meeting.
CAC Update: June 22, 2016
The third meeting of the FUHSD Citizens Advisory Committee provided another good opportunity for CAC members to learn more about FUHSD operations and realities that directly affect enrollment decisions. In this meeting’s question and answer section with Superintendent Polly Bove, questions were asked about the proposed redevelopment at Vallco in Cupertino which ranged from why she agreed to have her photograph included in promotional material about the Vallco project to the parcel taxes that new Vallco units will be required to pay. Polly was also asked about why FUHSD didn’t ask for new high school classrooms instead of space at Vallco. Also included in the meeting was the opportunity for CAC members to learn more about aspects of greatness at each of the five FUHSD high schools and click here to learn more about that information. FUHSD staff members made a presentation about a variety of topics including how the funds that FUHSD receives per student compare with neighboring school districts, the sources and distribution of FUHSD funding, section allocation and school capacity information, the benefits of the respectful and productive relationship with FUHSD employee groups, and information about how the FUHSD values guide decisions and prioritization. Click here to see the FUHSD presentation and click here to read minutes of the June 22 CAC meeting. The next Citizens Advisory Committee is scheduled for August 3.
CAC Update: June 8, 2016
The work of the Citizens Advisory Committee continues to progress well and the June 8 meeting focused on providing information to familiarize CAC members with the accountability requirements and the constraints under which FUHSD operates. This foundation of information will be essential to know when the CAC contemplates future enrollment recommendations. A regular feature of each CAC meeting is to provide an opportunity for CAC members to ask FUHSD Superintendent Polly Bove questions and Ms. Bove continues to respond to questions in a clear and informative manner. Click here to read minutes from the June 8 CAC meeting. The next CAC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22 and at that meeting the second part of this FUHSD study session will include information about funding, the interdependence of enrollment, funding, staffing, and course offerings, as well as information about school size, capacity, boundaries, and school facilities.
CAC Update: May 27, 2016
The first meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee took place on May 25, 2016. With the exception of one student who was unable to attend, the remaining 35 CAC members were present and accounted for. The meeting was a good opportunity for committee members to introduce themselves and for the CAC to hear the hopes, thoughts, and concerns expressed by individuals. Committee members had the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with FUHSD Superintendent Polly Bove as well as to more deeply understand the purpose, meeting focus, and expectations of the CAC. The Citizens Advisory Committee is a powerfully diverse community and a dedicated group and to learn more about the first CAC meeting, please click here to read the minutes of the meeting.
CAC Update: May 10, 2016
The process for selecting members of the Citizens Advisory Committee has been thorough and unbiased, and the independent facilitator has worked to form a committee that is both diverse and representative of the community. To provide extra assurance that all aspects of this process are beyond reproach, all criteria established by the facilitator have been reviewed and approved by Judge John Flaherty, a retired judge with a history of successful arbitration, mediation, and dispute resolution and with no prior connection to FUHSD or the facilitator.
Based upon this judicial review and approval, the following guidelines were established:
- The CAC will have 35 members in order to have diversity of membership and to include more of the many highly qualified applicants.
- After looking at the ethnic composition of students from all five high schools, it was determined that approximately one-third of the committee members will be Caucasian and the rest will be Asian and other races. Because there were only two Hispanic and two African American applicants, the Judge agreed that these individuals should be invited to join the CAC to ensure representation from these under-represented groups.
- Approximately 40% of the CAC applicants were male and the rest were female. The percentage of male participants should be the same or higher.
- Of the 29 voting seats reserved for residents and parents from various FUHSD attendance areas, the following percentages would be used:
- Lynbrook High School – 40%
- Cupertino High School – 20%
- Fremont High School – 20%
- Homestead High School – 12%
- Monta Vista High School -- 8%
- Because of their knowledge, experience, working relationships, and the ability to communicate to large numbers of their constituents, there will be a PTSA Council President from Cupertino High School and four PTSA Presidents (one from each of the four other high schools) invited to the CAC. The Judge agreed that because the PTSA Presidents were mostly Caucasian but brought a unique set of qualifications that were important to the success of the CAC, the percentage of Caucasians may go higher than one-third, but not to exceed 40%.
- The president of the FUHSD teacher’s union will be a voting member who can speak for FUHSD teachers who are partners in the collective efforts to inspire, motivate, and educate FUHSD students.
- Five FUHSD students will share three CAC positions and participate in all CAC discussions but they will not be voting CAC members because they are not yet legal adults.
- Two CAC members will be from the FUHSD administration with expertise and experience in District enrollment and school scheduling matters, but these will be non-voting positions.
- The five criteria detailed in the fourth question in the ‘Questions and Answers About the Citizens Advisory Committee’ section are of primary importance in the application review process.
Using the above constraints, the CAC facilitator selected members of the CAC and communicated that acceptance via email to those chosen on May 10. On this date, CAC applicants who were not selected were also informed of that decision and the facilitator offered to continue to keep in communication with them by providing meeting updates and being available to answer questions or hear concerns.
CAC Update: April 27, 2016
The process for applying to be a member of the FUHSD Citizens Advisory Committee was closed effective April 22, 2016. Over seventy community members applied to be considered for membership in the CAC and each of those who applied has been or will be contacted by the CAC facilitator Minh Le to further discuss their application.
The applications will be thoughtfully and thoroughly reviewed by Mr. Le who in his analysis will utilize the five criteria detailed in the answer to the fourth question in the below section of this website. His selection of committee members and the final makeup of the committee will be reviewed with an independent retired judge who will be asked to affirm the objective and unbiased process used. It is anticipated that final selections will be made and communicated in early to mid-May.