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July 4, 2017 > Board of Education Notes

Board of Education Notes

Submitted By Robin Michel

During its June 7, 2017, meeting, the Fremont Unified School District Board of Education received a presentation, Middle School Conversions: Vision, Planning and Direction, given by the Director of Facilities and Construction John Chwastyk on various options to consider for middle school site utilization in North Fremont.

ÒWe are going to talk about the planning process of the next two middle school conversions, in the Long Range Facilities Plan, Thornton and Centerville,Ó said Chwastyk in his introduction, Òand how it relates to the ÔHorse PropertyÕÓ.

The Horse Property refers to the property the district purchased at Fremont Boulevard and Decoto Road, which the Board approved in July 2016 as a development site for a potential future middle school, pending availability of funds. Chwastyk said that one of the goals in presenting the various options included engaging the Board in a discussion on the planning process.

ÒThis isÉjust the first step,Ó he said, adding that he expected the discussion to take place over multiple Board meetings. Staff developed and presented four options:

Option 1
¥ Build Future Middle School (MS) on the Horse Property for 2,400 students and become the new MS in the American High School (HS) attendance area
¥ Convert current Thornton campus to specialized program campus (grades K-5, 6-8, or K-8)
¥ Build Centerville MS according to the Long Range Facilities Master Plan (LRFP)

Option 2
¥ Build Future MS on the Horse Property for 2,400 students and become the new MS in the American HS attendance area
¥ Move the Centerville MS campus to current Thornton MS site
¥ Convert current Centerville MS site to specialized program campus (grades K-5, 6-8, or K-8).

Option 3
¥ Build Future MS on the Horse Property for 2,400 students and become the new MS in the
American HS attendance area
¥ Move the Centerville MS campus to current Thornton MS site
¥ Convert current Centerville MS site to new elementary school (grades K-5).

Option 4
¥ Build smaller Future MS on the Horse Property
¥ Build Thornton MS according to the LRFP
¥ Build Centerville MS according to LRFP


During discussion, the Board discussed the dramatic enrollment growth not only in North Fremont, but also throughout the District. Some of the issues the TrusteesÕ raised include the lack of land and the creation of larger schools, escalation costs in delaying a decision, and the importance of carrying out the middle school conversions, as outlined in Measure E and the LRFP.

ÒRemember lessons learned during the design of the Horner Middle School Conversion,Ó said Superintendent Dr. James Morris. ÒThe Board could always consider a phased approach.Ó (Horner Enrollment projections exceed what the LRFP estimated, so a phased approach will allow additional classroom space added in the future when funding is available.)

After careful consideration, the Board of Education approved moving forward the modernization and middle school conversion of the Thornton campus. Within three months, the Board will continue the discussion on other questions raised during the presentation.

The Board took the following action on other Measure E items:


¥ Authorized staff to enter into an agreement with Vista Environmental Consulting, in the amount of $23,370, for construction phase industrial hygienist consulting services for the Mission San Jose High School Flooring Replacement project. The cost for these services is within the budget for Walters Middle School conversion project under Series A of the Measure E bond.

¥ Authorized staff to amend the agreement with LCA Architects, in the amount of $17,308, to update the standard specifications for low voltage projects.

¥ Authorized staff to enter into an agreement for architectural services for the Mission Valley Elementary School Alteration project, in the amount of $198,000. The scope of this project includes but is not limited to HVAC system upgrades, replacement or repair of floors, slurry coat and stripe existing paving, safety locks - all doors applicable, updated water service lines, and updated electrical mains and distribution.

¥ Authorized staff to enter into an agreement for architectural services for the Grimmer Elementary School Alteration project, in the amount of $258,409. The scope of this project includes but is not limited to HVAC system upgrades, slurry coat and stripe existing paving, safety locks - all doors applicable, slurry coat and stripe existing hard-courts, updated electrical mains and distribution, and utilities storm drain.

¥ Authorized staff to enter into an agreement for architectural services for the Oliveira Elementary School Alteration project, in the amount of $200,886. The scope of this project includes but is not limited to HVAC system upgrades, flooring removal and replacement, exterior lighting, door hardware, site utilities and exterior shade structure.

Regular meetings are tentatively scheduled for the second and/or fourth Wednesday of the month. The next regular board meeting is scheduled for June 28, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Please check the District website for 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, and the CitizensÕ Bond Oversight Committee and meeting agendas may also be found at: http://www.fremont.k12.ca.us/

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