FCUSD Board Briefs and Updates, June 8
June 8, 2022
Dear FCUSD Community,
The Special Board Meeting Study Session took place on Saturday, June 4. Highlights of topics and visioning that were discussed may be found below.
Next steps for STEM and STEAM programs
STEM, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Math,” and STEAM which adds in “Art,” are areas of instructional focus at many of our schools. A presentation was given on the elementary feeder patterns to the middle schools in Rancho Cordova, and the process over the upcoming school year to identify elementary schools interested in pursuing a STEM or STEAM format and school identity.
A presentation for STEM and STEAM next steps can be viewed by clicking here.
Career Technical Education (CTE) in Rancho Cordova
Career Technical Education (CTE) programs are robust in Rancho Cordova. While full CTE pathways are offered in high school, students begin preparing in elementary school, with an instructional focus on STEAM/STEAM. In middle school, students participate in Project Lead the Way, STEM/STEAM, and introductory CTE courses. From there, students may enroll in CTE Programs of Study at Cordova High School to prepare for college and career readiness.
The full presentation of CTE programs in Rancho Cordova schools can be viewed by clicking on this link.
Facilities and Programmatic Master Planning
As both Folsom and Rancho Cordova cities expand with new housing building, FCUSD has planned new schools to be built accordingly. The catalyst that launches a new school to be built is based on the number of students that it would serve. This is to ensure operational viability and comprehensive educational programming. The numbers of students needed for a new school opening are:
- 250 for an elementary school
- 650 for a middle school
- 850 for a high school
Over the next 12 years, and as city growth ensues, FCUSD staff projects the following schools to be constructed within the SFID 3 (Measure M) area.
It is important to note that opening dates may fluctuate depending on the rate of housing construction and cash flow.
- Mangini Ranch Elementary 2021-2022
- Folsom Planning Area Elem #2 2024-2025
- Folsom Planning Area Elem #3 2027-2028
- Folsom Planning Area High, Phase 1 2028-2029
- Rio del Oro Elem #1 2029-2030
- Glenborough Elem #1 2030-2031
- Folsom Planning Area Middle 2030-2031
- Rio del Oro Elem #2 2033-2034
The full presentation staff presented with building plans for future schools can be seen by clicking on this link.
Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, June 9, 2022
**Closed Session 5:00 p.m.**
**Open Session: 6:00 p.m.**
The full agenda, instructions for participating in-person or on Zoom, and instructions for participating in public comments can be found on our website: fcusd.org/boardmeeting. For those who attend the meeting in-person, masks are strongly recommended, regardless of vaccination status, as per the California Department of Public Health’s latest guidelines, and the health order issued by Sacramento County Public Health.
AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE:
VII. SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
- Recognition of Spring Sports Teams and Coaches
- Recognition of National Board Certified Teachers
XI. PUBLIC HEARING
- Public Hearing: Design Tech High School - Rancho Cordova Petition
- Public Hearing: 2022-2023 Tentative Budget
- Public Hearing: Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) 2022-2023
- Status on Naming the New Elementary School in the Folsom Planning Area
- Steeplechase Installation at Cordova High School
- Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Planning and Grant Program
- Transformative Social Emotional Learning (TSEL) Action Plan
The Board meeting will be viewable from the District’s YouTube channel. Public wishing to provide public comments may:
Submit written public comments prior to the Board meeting, using the Google Public Comment Card Form link found on our website (provided no later than 12:00 p.m., the day prior to the meeting). All written comments will be given to the Board for review by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9. The link will close by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 9.
Public comments may be made during the Board meeting, in-person at the Education Services Center (1965 Birkmont Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA), or via Zoom. Due to constraints on our Zoom account, the maximum number of participants in the Zoom room is 300.
UPCOMING REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATES:
- June 23
- August 11
- August 25