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March 7, 2017 > FUSD Board approves revised Implementation Program

FUSD Board approves revised Implementation Program

Submitted By Robin Michel

At the February 22, 2017, Fremont Unified School District Board of Education meeting, the Board of Education approved the revised Measure E Bond Implementation Plan, Budget and Cash Flow for the $650 million school facilities bond program. First presented to the CitizensÕ Bond Oversight Committee on February 1, 2017, and at the FUSD Board of Education Retreat on February 4, 2017, the plan spans the duration of the bond, inclusive of all bond sales. Based on the analysis and current state of the budget and market conditions, staff projects that all projects within the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP)Õs recommended project list can be completed within the $650 million budget.

Guiding principles used were Parity, Equity and Consistency. Schools with theÊlowestÊschool facilities score,Êmost impactedÊattendance area, and/or theÊmost urgentÊfacilities needs were addressed first.

At any given year during the bond program, there will be:
5 elementary schools in design
5 elementary schools in construction
1 middle school conversion in design
1 middle school conversion in construction
1 high school in design
1 high school in construction

Based on the analysis and current state of the budget and market conditions, staff projects that all projects within the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP)Õs recommended project list can be completed within the $650 million budget.Ê

SVA Architects also presented the schematic design on the Horner Middle School Conversion Project, which includes staff recommendations for the following additions:
Increase locker room by 300 sq. ft. for a total of 600 sq. ft.
Enlarge music room to accommodate 80 students
Construct a 1,440 sq. ft. fitness center (weight room)
Convert the warming kitchen to a cooking kitchen

The total cost for these proposed additions to the project is $3,243,300.Ê

Giving context about the recommended additions, Superintendent Dr. James Morris pointed out that it was important to provide Horner with a facility that would at least offer them what they currently have, which includes a weight room and a cooking kitchen. ÒAndÑit is a lot more cost effective to add on now, rather than later,Ó he said, saying that the board, even if approving the schematic design, would have plenty of opportunities to value engineer the design later.

Regular meetings are tentatively scheduled for the second and/or fourth Wednesdays of the month. The next regular board meeting is scheduled for March 8, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Please check theÊDistrict websiteÊfor agenda and any time and/or location changes. Information about Measure E, the $650 million school facilities bond approved by Fremont voters in June 2014, may also be found on the website (click on Quick Links/Measure E).

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