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June 3, 2014 > Letter of intent for new school site in Warm Springs

Letter of intent for new school site in Warm Springs

Submitted By Dr. James Morris, Fremont Superintendent of Schools

On May 28 the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) and residential developers in the South Fremont/ Warm Springs community plan area entered into a historic letter of intent for the home builders to provide a new 750 student elementary school and school site in the plan area and to mitigate the impacts of residential development at the junior and senior high school levels.

ÒThe financial commitment of these developers is an unprecedented offer that no developer has made in recent memory. It will provide classrooms and other educational facilities for students from this new development at no cost to the District,Ó stated Lara Calvert-York, President of the District Board of Education. The agreement will provide a brand new state-of-the-art elementary school in south Fremont and additional classrooms at Walters Junior High School and John F. Kennedy High.

Mayor Bill Harrison said, ÒThe Warm Springs Community Plan will continue to transform our City into a regional job center and hub for advanced manufacturing. I am proud of the partnership the City and School District have recently forged and I am pleased with the commitment the developers have presented to the School District. The City Council looks forward to the discussion around the South Fremont/Warm Springs area in the next month or two.Ó Board of Education Vice President Desrie Campbell added, ÒIt is not only exciting to be working with the developers, but also with the City of Fremont, as we partner to provide a city park and playground adjacent to the new elementary school.Ó

Enrollment in the Fremont Unified School District has grown by 2,000 students in recent years. Much of the enrollment growth has resulted from small in-fill developments and re-sale of existing homes. The school district has struggled to provide enough classrooms for the growing enrollment. FremontÕs excellent schools, ready access to public transportation, and growing job market, have made Fremont a great place to work and live. Historically, in Fremont, developers have paid only their legally required fee which does not cover the full cost of adding new classrooms and school facilities.

Dr. James Morris, District Superintendent agreed, saying, ÒThis is an example of the positive outcomes that result when the District and developers work cooperatively to provide state-of-the-art facilities for children coming to Fremont.Ó

FUSD Board Member Larry Sweeney added, ÒWe are pleased by this opportunity and appreciate the cooperation of the city and these developers.Ó

For further information, contact Superintendent Morris at (510) 659-2542.

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