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October 26, 2004 > FUSD Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee

FUSD Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee

by Gary Leatherman

The met Oct. 6 in the library at Mission San Jose High School to hear a report from an architect and civil engineer on bond alteration projects scheduled at the school. The architect reported that the plans for the site were developed after a survey of existing conditions that could be addressed within the categories of projects approved in the 2002 Health and Safety Bond.

He said the MSJHS site has been slated for alterations with an estimated construction value of about $2.8 million. The major projects will be seismic retrofitting and roofing. The site also is scheduled to receive new door hardware, exterior safety lighting, fire alarm upgrades, improvements to access for people with disabilities and bathroom upgrades.

The seismic work primarily will involve reinforcing walls to better withstand lateral movement. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin next summer.

FUSD Facilities Director Therese Gain said about $29 million of the $157 million in the 2002 Health and Safety Bond has been expended so far and projects have been completed or are in progress at 25 school sites. She also reported that the alterations and track and field improvements for Tak Fudenna Stadium are scheduled to start as soon as the current football season ends.

In other business, the CBOC extended the deadline for recruiting a new member to fill a vacancy created by a resignation. The committee is specifically seeking a member who is active in a taxpayers' organization, which is one of five categories of membership required in state law. CBOC members need not be experts in finance or construction, but should be capable of comprehending detailed financial and operational reports.

For further information about the work of the CBOC or to apply for membership, parents and other interested citizens should call (510) 979-7705 or to visit the CBOC web site at. Applications are welcome anytime, but they must be received by Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. to be considered for the current appointment cycle.

For more information, call (510) 979-7705

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