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FUHSD Board Approves Enrollment Plan for the 2016-2017 School Year

On January 12, 2016 the FUHSD Board of Trustees met at Fremont High School and on the meeting agenda was an item for the ‘Approval of the 2016-2017 Enrollment Plan for Lynbrook High School.’  This was the first opportunity for the Board of Trustees to deliberate about FUHSD efforts to stabilize enrollment at Lynbrook High School in order to maintain Lynbrook’s extensive course and extra curricular options that are the standard of the Fremont Union High School District.

At the meeting, FUHSD Superintendent Polly Bove and FUHSD Director of Business Jason Crutchfield spoke to the Board and provided information to them in response to questions that FUHSD has received from the public about this matter.  Click here to see the PowerPoint from this presentation. Tom Williams from Enrollment Projection Consultants shared details with the Board about enrollment projections for the five FUHSD high schools. Click here to see Mr. Williams’ PowerPoint presentation.

Following the presentation and prior to the public comments portion of the meeting, Trustee Nancy Newton put forward a proposal in the spirit of the need for the community to heal.  She shared that without any malicious intentions, the FUHSD staff proposal has put students and teachers in the middle of an awkward fight and controversy.  Ms. Newton confirmed that she does not want her proposal to be interpreted as giving into the bad behavior of some people in the community.  That being said, Ms. Newton proposed the formation of a Districtwide citizen's advisory committee to look at FUHSD enrollment needs with the assumption that the advisory committee's findings and recommendations would be presented to the FUHSD Board of Trustees for the Board’s consideration and approval for implementation in the 2017-2018 school year.  Until that time, she suggested that FUHSD postpone all other attempts to stabilize enrollment at Lynbrook High School with the possible exception of a consideration that current 8th graders at Miller Middle School who do not reside in the LHS attendance area could attend Lynbrook High School in the 2016-2017 school year.  

Ms. Newton asked FUHSD Superintendent Polly Bove to comment about the economic feasibility of such a proposal.  Ms. Bove suggested that for the next school year it would be possible to backfill the costs of retaining the current staff level and funding the courses at Lynbrook that would otherwise be reduced for the 2016-2017 school year.

Sixteen members of the community shared their comments, recommendations, and opinions with the Board during the public comment section of the meeting.  

Following the public comment section, Board members shared their opinions about FUHSD efforts to stabilize enrollment at Lynbrook and engaged in an extensive conversation about the wisdom of and questions related to different approaches. A motion was made by Hung Wei and seconded by Barbara Nunes and amendments were added to the original motion resulting in the following updated motion that was amended by Ms. Wei and seconded by Ms. Nunes:

For the 2016-2017 school year Miller Middle School 8th grade students whose resident school is not Lynbrook High School, but are currently residing within the Fremont Union High School District will have the choice to attend LHS for their 4 years of high school; siblings would have the option to attend LHS as well.

To form a district-wide citizen's advisory committee to study the enrollment needs of the district and all its aspects to provide a report and findings in order for the board to make decisions for implementation in the 2017-2018 school year.  

For the 2016-2017 school year LHS programs will remain whole.

The Board deliberated about the motion and subsequently voted 5-0 in favor of the motion.  

Following the vote, the Board shared their appreciation to the community for their interest in this matter.  Board members also articulated their vision and hope that in the future there would be a greater spirit of collaboration and partnership so that the community and FUHSD could work closer together in support of our students and staff members.  Our teachers and staff work extremely hard at building and developing programs, and a sustainable more stable approach to enrollment distribution will help to ensure that these programs and classes continue at all of our sites and for all of our soon to be 11,000 FUHSD students.  To that end, the Board stated multiple times that they are fully committed to support the work of our teachers and staff.

Click here to listen to the audio of the Board meeting through public comments on agenda item 19.1.

Click here to listen to the audio of the Board of Trustees deliberation about agenda item 19.1.

Report From the Special Board Meeting on Saturday, January 9 at Lynbrook High School

The Fremont Union High School District was pleased by the significant interest of the Lynbrook High School community as over 1,000 community members attended the special Board of Trustees meeting held at Lynbrook High School on Saturday, January 9, 2016.  The LHS auditorium was filled to capacity and community members who arrived after the auditorium was full were invited to the LHS gym to watch a live streaming of the meeting.  

FUHSD staff members and Enrollment Projections Consultants demographer Tom Williams presented information to the Board concerning a significant projected enrollment decline at Lynbrook High School, the anticipated impact of this decline on the school, information about Lynbrook High School's capacity, and a review of enrollment options.  

In order to maintain Lynbrook's extensive course and extra curricular options that are the standard for FUHSD, during the January 9 Board meeting FUHSD staff proposed that for the 2016-2017 school year the Board consider the following actions, each of which will be needed to keep Lynbrook's enrollment close to its current level: 

  • Offer families in the John Mise Park area (click here to see specific area) an option to send their student to either Cupertino High School or Lynbrook High School
  • Offer a Districtwide open enrollment/lottery to complete the number of students needed to maintain Lynbrook's current programs

Following the FUHSD staff presentation, members of the public were invited to share their thoughts with the Board. Many community members, Lynbrook staff members, and Lynbrook students spoke about the impact of declining enrollment and their recommendations for the best ways to resolve the situation. 

Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation made by the FUHSD staff

Click here to see the FUHSD staff recommendation 

Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation made by Tom Williams of Enrollment Projections Consultants

Click here to the see the expanded report from Tom Williams of Enrollment Projections Consultants

Click here to view the video recording of the FUHSD staff presentation to the Board 

Click here to see the NBC Bay Area News broadcast about the January 9 meeting

The FUHSD Board of Trustees next meeting will take place no earlier than 6:15 pm on Tuesday, January 12 at Fremont High School in the Shannon Theatre.  The agenda for that meeting includes item 19.1 which is 'Approval of 2016-2017 Enrollment Plan for Lynbrook High School.' This will be the Board's first opportunity to share their thoughts about this matter and vote on an enrollment plan for the 2016-2017 school year.  Prior to the Board's vote there will be a period of time allocated to hear input from community members.

If you would like to share your opinion and/or recommendations with the FUHSD Board of Trustees, please email Sue Larson, FUHSD Communications Coordinator at sue_larson@fuhsd.org.

 

FUHSD Staff Recommendation to the FUHSD Board of Trustees Regarding Stabilizing Enrollment at Lynbrook High School

In conjunction with the January 9, 2016 FUHSD Board of Trustees meeting that will take place at Lynbrook High School, FUHSD staff has recommended the following for the consideration of the FUHSD Board of Trustees:

In order to maintain Lynbrook's extensive course and extra curricular options that are the standard of the Fremont Union High School District, staff proposes that the Board of Trustees consider the following actions, each of which will be needed to keep Lynbrook's enrollment close to its current level.  This recommendation incorporates the information from Enrollment Projection Consultants' most recent report (click here to see the EPC report), the FUHSD Board, Lynbrook staff members, and the community input that has been received.

  • Offer families in the John Mise Park area (click here to see the specific area) an option to send their children to either Cupertino High School or Lynbrook High School
  • Offer a Districtwide open enrollment/lottery to complete the needed number of students to maintain Lynbrook's current programs

Both measures will be needed to stabilize Lynbrook High School's enrollment.

Even though this is a one-year proposal, if the recommendation is approved by the Board then siblings of families who choose to attend Lynbrook for the 2016-2017 school year based on either of the two options may also attend Lynbrook in the future.  This meets with the Board's desire to ensure that families have the option to remain in the same school. In addition, as has always been the case, all students who reside in the Lynbrook High School attendance area are guaranteed the opportunity to attend Lynbrook High School.

No boundary change or permanent change is being proposed by FUHSD staff members.  

In addition, no vote will be taken at the January 9 meeting.  It is expected that the Board will take action on this subject at the FUHSD Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for January 12 at Fremont High School beginning no earlier than 6:15 pm.

Click here to see the full staff recommendation to the FUHSD Board of Trustees.

Special FUHSD Board Meeting at Lynbrook High School on January 9, 2016

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On Friday, December 18 the above information was mailed to the residents of the Lynbrook High School attendance area and the John Mise Park area on a postcard.  However, this special FUHSD Board of Trustees meeting is an open and public meeting and all are welcome to attend.

Enrollment Projections Update

Enrollment projections for the Fremont Union High School District indicate that by 2020 Lynbrook High School’s enrollment will decrease to 1,569 students. This is a loss of approximately 300 students at Lynbrook High School in just a handful of years.  We have learned that when there is a significant reduction in the number of students at a high school this can often result in fewer choices for students, less flexibility for when classes are offered, and reductions in elective courses and staffing.  

In order to create a better enrollment balance FUHSD is exploring several different options to address this situation.  Shifting enrollment from one school to another is not an easy task as there are legal, educational, and community factors to consider.  Currently the FUHSD staff is considering the impact of several different approaches including an open enrollment lottery, existing FUHSD program relocation, a boundary re--definition (area of choice), and a boundary change.  These options remain in the exploratory stage and no proposal has yet been presented to nor approved by the Fremont Union High School District Board of Trustees.

Included in that exploration is considering eventually shifting a small section currently in the Cupertino High School attendance area into the Lynbrook High School attendance area and beginning that process by allowing residents in that area to choose between Cupertino High School and Lynbrook High School. Click here to view a map with details about this area.  This is one of many proposals being considered and this concept has not yet been reviewed or approved by the FUHSD Board of Trustees

​A Community Meeting was held at Lynbrook High School on November 16, 2015 to share information about enrollment projections and present possible options under consideration. Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation that was shared at the Community Meeting by FUHSD Director of Business Services Jason Crutchfield.

On November 17, 2015 FUHSD staff members met with parents and community members at and following the Lynbrook High School PTSA meeting as well as with parents from the Lynbrook High School Bilingual Meeting.  A meeting with the Cupertino High School PTSA took place on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 7 pm in the CHS cafeteria.

Since our inception in 1923, the Fremont Union High School District has been dedicated to providing a rich, comprehensive education to our students and offering to them abundant opportunities to participate in a myriad of different academic and elective classes.  Extra-curricular opportunities and participation in sports and clubs are also a vital component to a comprehensive high school experience.  

If you would like to share your opinion about this matter with the Fremont Union High School District please contact FUHSD Communications Coordinator Sue Larson at sue_larson@fuhsd.org.

Letter Concerning Attendance Area Information

Click here to read a letter sent out to members of the Lynbrook High school attendance area as well the the John Mise Park area residents, dated 11/24/2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Why does FUHSD want to add students to Lynbrook?
    • Lynbrook's enrollment is declining, and it is projected to continue to decline. This year LHS has 74 fewer students than last year, causing a reduction in available classes. By 2020 we project that Lynbrook's enrollment will have shrunk by 300 students in a handful of years. In order to keep the course offerings and current number of teachers available at Lynbrook students will need to be added to the school over the next three to five years.
  • Why is it a problem if Lynbrook's enrollment continues to decline?
    • As enrollment declines it will be become more difficult to continue to offer the breadth and depth of curriculum and activities that Lynbrook currently enjoys. 
  • How are student enrollment projections made? 
    • Enrollment projections are reevaluated every year using the demographic firm of Enrollment Projection Consultants.  These reports are posted on the FUHSD website. The methodology and assumptions used to make these projections are included in those reports. Enrollment Projection Consultants is a local company and also works with the Cupertino Union School District and Sunnyvale Elementary School District.
  • Where can I find out information about student enrollment numbers at FUHSD schools?
    • The demographer's report is on the FUHSD website at www.fuhsd.org/enrollment (look under Enrollment Projections & Capacity). 
  • Where does the California Department of Education get their FUHSD student enrollment information?
    • These numbers come directly from FUHSD; the District sends the CDE the numbers that appear on their website.
  • Many LHS residents prefer that Lynbrook's enrollment remains smaller.  What's wrong with that?
    • If LHS becomes smaller, students will have fewer choices in terms of what classes they can take. Illustrative example: Currently, there are enough sections of Advanced Placement courses, Music, and World Language to accommodate most all student schedules. But with fewer students, it is more likely that a student would have to choose between either AP Biology or French 4 Honors, AP Statistics or Advanced Choir, or be forced to make similar choices due to the limited number of classes offered throughout the school day. There simply wouldn’t be enough sections to spread out choices for our students who have such an array of diverse interests.
  • If my student is already having trouble getting the classes that they want at LHS won't additional students make that even worse?
    • The short answer is “no”, but a more full explanation is that it is not uncommon for students to have some difficulty getting the exact classes they want. This problem becomes more complex as a school gets smaller.  The ratio of students to teachers is set by contract and is the same throughout FUHSD. Additional students mean additional classes and often more options for students to get the classes they desire.  That is one of the reasons for increasing and stabilizing LHS enrollment. For example, at Monta Vista High School students can select AP Biology from periods 1 through 7 and can choose AP Chinese periods 1, 2, and 3. At LHS, students can only select AP Bio during periods 1, 2 and 3, and AP Chinese periods 1 or 2. With fewer numbers of sections, meeting the needs of individual students becomes more difficult. So while students at schools with larger enrollments will be able to take more of their first choices of courses, LHS students will have to make hard choices as to which course they choose not to take.
  • Older residents in the LHS attendance area are selling their homes to families with children.  Won't that do what it takes to stabilize LHS enrollment?
    • The demographer, Enrollment Projection Consultants, takes this into account when they do FUHSD’s enrollment projections.  Right now that turnover is not enough to stabilize or stop the decline in enrollment. The demographer’s report can be found at www.fuhsd.org/enrollment (look under Enrollment Projections & Capacity).
  • Why can't developers and/or Apple be forced to provide funds to build a new high school?
    • Developers are only required to provide developer fees.  These fees are determined by law and are recalculated every two years. They are not adequate to cover the costs to build and staff a new high school or to purchase the land needed to build a new high school.
  • Why can't FUHSD reopen Sunnyvale High School in order to balance enrollment?
    • Sunnyvale High School is not located where the growth in FUHSD is occurring and it would take a significant and costly amount of refurbishment to bring it up to the structural requirements of the State of California for public high schools.
  • Is there enough room at LHS to handle additional students?
    • Yes, there is more than enough room to accommodate over 1,900 students. However, it is important to note that the District’s main goal is not to increase the student population at Lynbrook; rather it is to keep it from declining.
  • Will new buildings and/or classrooms be added to LHS?
    • Yes, however these additions are not due to increasing enrollment.  A new cafeteria, weight/fitness room, five to eight classrooms, student services center, quad, entry for the large gym, and a significant renovation of the Theater are all being planned using funds from the FUHSD Measure K Bond approved in 2014.       
  • What options is FUHSD considering to maintain Lynbrook High School enrollment?
    • FUHSD is considering four options to create a better enrollment balance. The options include:
      • ​A Districtwide open enrollment lottery for transfer to Lynbrook
      • Designation of an attendance area that could choose to attend Lynbrook or Cupertino High School (Area of Choice)
      • Relocations of centralized FUHSD programs to the FUHSD campus
      • Making permanent changes in school boundaries

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the Nov. 16 Community Meeting which provides more information about each of these options.

  • What is open enrollment and would it be a way to balance enrollment?
    • Open enrollment is a lottery system that would allow students from across the District to request to attend Lynbrook High School. If more than the desired number of transfers is requested, a lottery system is used to determine who would be allowed to attend Lynbrook.
  • Going with the open enrollment option will ensure that LHS enrollment numbers will be maintained.  What's the downside of open enrollment?
    • Assuming that 200 or more students apply to attend LHS, open enrollment will ensure that Lynbrook’s numbers are maintained. Open enrollment causes increased traffic throughout the District.  Many of the cities that the District serves have expressed concern about any option that will broadly increase traffic.
  • What is an area of choice?
    • It is a specific area within the District’s boundaries where families may choose to attend one of two schools. In this case, the proposed area under consideration (but not yet approved) is the area near John Mise Park which is currently in the Cupertino High School attendance area. Click here to see a detailed map of that area. If approved, students could choose to attend either Cupertino High School or Lynbrook High School.
  • How was the John Mise Park area selected as a potential area of choice?
    • The John Mise Park area in San Jose was selected as an option due to the close proximity and easy commute to Lynbrook High School and that it is an area bordered by large roads or natural boundaries. The area also houses 200 students and this is the number the District is hoping to backfill Lynbrook High School with to prevent declining enrollment.
  • What is the specific John Mise Park area that is being considered for an area of choice?
    • Click here to view a map of the area of choice under consideration (but not yet approved).
  • If the students in the John Mise Park Area attend LHS will Lynbrook's academic standing be compromised?
    • There are many reasons for Lynbrook’s success, including outstanding teachers and staff along with a wide variety of challenging classes and activities. Over the 50 years that Lynbrook has been in existence, many new families have moved in while others have moved out and achievement has remained very high. The District has no reason to believe that Lynbrook's academic standing would be affected when new students are added.
  • How will an area of choice or boundary change affect my property values?
    • There are many factors that determine property values. While District staff is not qualified to speak as appraisers or realtors, the District has no reason to believe that property values within the boundaries of our desirable school district would change.
  • If I live in the LHS attendance area will I have to pay more taxes if students from the John Mise Park area attend LHS?
    • No, your property taxes are based on the assessed value of your home, not the school attendance area.
  • Why is it fair that someone who bought a house in the John Mise Park area should benefit from a possible property value increase because their students may attend LHS?
    • There are many factors that determine property values. While District staff is not qualified to speak as appraisers or realtors, the District has no reason to believe that property values within the boundaries of our desirable school district would change.
  • How will traffic be impacted if a change is made?
    • One of the reasons that an area of choice is considered less disruptive than a District wide lottery is that traffic can be anticipated and more easily managed if the students are coming from a specific area.  In the case of the John Mise Park area, students who are walking, riding bicycles, or being driven generally cross Lawrence Expressway on Bollinger and pass Johnson Avenue on their way to Cupertino High School.  Having these students turn on Johnson Avenue and come to Lynbrook is not a significant difference in the traffic pattern and can be managed. 
  • If LHS enrollment stabilizes in the future will the area of choice be cancelled?
    • It is certainly possible that the need for an area of choice to ensure the stability of Lynbrook might not be needed in the future.  And, no matter what solution for Lynbrook’s declining enrollment is chosen, FUHSD is committed to allowing students who start at either school to finish at that school, whether that is at Cupertino High School or Lynbrook High School.
  • Has a final decision been made yet?  Is the Area of Choice concept a done deal?
    • No final decision has been made by the Board of Trustees.
  • Will my student be welcome at LHS?  Will my student be able to meet with a counselor before deciding about attending LHS?
    • Yes, the students, teachers, administrators and staff are eager to welcome new students.  They know that having additional students will keep Lynbrook strong.  There will be opportunities for new students to meet with a counselor, teachers, administrators, and support staff to ensure that all of our new students feel welcome. Click here for more information.
  • If I live in the LHS attendance area will my student be allowed to attend Lynbrook?  
    • All students who live in the Lynbrook attendance area shall have the right to attend Lynbrook. In fact, California Education Code 35160.5 requires that "No pupil who currently resides in the attendance area of a school shall be displaced by pupils transferring from outside the attendance area." In addition, FUHSD Board Policy 5116.1 stipulates "No student currently residing within a school's attendance area shall be displaced by another student transferring from outside the attendance area."
  • If I live in Saratoga will I still be able to send my student to LHS?
    • All students who currently live in the Lynbrook attendance area shall have the right to attend Lynbrook and this remains true for all LHS attendance area residents including those who live in Saratoga.
  • Will the Cupertino Union School District adjust their attendance area boundaries in conjunction with the FUHSD plans?
    • Fremont Union High School District has not received any information concerning Cupertino Union School District’s plans to change their attendance boundaries.
  • Why should San Jose have to be affected by the high-density growth in Cupertino?
    • Lynbrook High School’s student population is not being affected by the growth in the City of Cupertino. Lynbrook is declining in enrollment and the District is trying to address this issue.
  • Why wasn't the LHS community made aware of the situation before the Community Meeting on Nov. 16?
    • There has always been a plan to inform the broader Lynbrook community. There was a message from Principal John Dwyer on SchoolLoop about the information that was shared at the PTSA meeting last week and another SchoolLoop message from Principal Dwyer was sent on Nov. 23. Click here to read an article published in the San Jose Mercury News on November 11 and to view an article published in the San Jose Mercury News on November 25 click here.  Information was also available on the Fremont Union High School District's website.  A FUHSD letter to the entire Lynbrook community was mailed the week of November 30.
  • When will the next community meeting take place?
    • The next community meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 9:30 am in the Lynbrook High School auditorium.
  • Who will make the decision and when will the decision be made?
    • The Board of Trustees will make a final decision in this matter.  It is expected that this will take place at the FUSHD Board of Trustees meeting on January 12 at 6:15 pm at Fremont High School. However, updated information about Board meeting agendas will be available at www.fuhsd.org.
  • How can I best communicate my thoughts to the Board of Trustees before they make their decision?
  • How can I find out about updates in this situation?
    • Updates will be included on our website and the District is committed to informing the community about when the Board might take action. 

As FUHSD obtains additional information, this page shall be updated.