May 15, 2018 > Measure E news
Measure E news
Submitted By Robin Michel
Measure E, the $650 million general obligation bond initiative passed in June 2014, is addressing critical facilities needs throughout the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD), including overcrowding.
To determine which work needed to be done at each school site, the District first conducted a needs assessment and commissioned a Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP). The Plan engaged more than 400 individual stakeholders in order to determine and prioritize needs. Included in the LRFP is conversion of the DistrictÕs five junior high schools (currently grades 7-8) to middle schools serving students in grades 6-8.
ÒThis immediately alleviates some overcrowding at the elementary schools,Ó said Superintendent Dr. Kim Wallace, Òand better aligns our program with California State Standards.Ó However, even by freeing up the classrooms at each elementary school by moving sixth grade, the need for additional classrooms continues to grow. According to Associate Superintendent Raul Parungao, the District has approximately 2,000 students overloaded from their own attendance areas to other schools. ÒThis number has stayed the same while enrollment continues to grow,Ó said Mr. Parungao, Òin spite of new classroom buildings funded through Measure E.Ó
The bond has funded the creation of four new classrooms at Azevada Elementary and two science laboratories and two general classrooms at Mattos Elementary, both opened in Fall 2015. The Warm Springs Elementary School twelve-classroom building opened to students in Fall 2016, as did a new Math and Science building at Irvington High School. Brookvale and Patterson Elementary Schools opened new eight-classroom buildings to students this past fall, and American High School opened two classroom buildings in January.
Pool Replacement at Mission San Jose HS
Supporters of the Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS) new pool replacement project turned out on February 6, 2018, to celebrate with a ceremonial groundbreaking. Originally approved in November 2014 as a pool repair project in the first Measure E Implementation Plan, it soon became apparent that pool repair would not satisfy the needs of the instructional program.
ÒThe new swimming pool will be a shared facility with Irvington High School,Ó said Associate Superintendent Raul Parungao. ÒThe estimated total project cost is $8.1 million, and it is funded through a combination of onetime discretionary fund, sale of site fund, and the original Measure E funding for repair.Ó
ÒThis project demonstrates the resolution of all stakeholders to provide the best school facility for our students,Ó said Board President Dr. Yang Shao. ÒIn return, the new swimming pool will benefit the whole Fremont community in the future.Ó
FUSD seeks volunteers for Advisory Committee
Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) is seeking volunteers to serve on a Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) that will provide input and make recommendations to the FUSD Board of Education, Superintendent and staff regarding facilities matters and construction. ÒThe members of the Facilities Advisory Committee will serve as the voice of our community in addressing the needs of our students,Ó said FUSD Superintendent, Dr. Kim Wallace.
Committee composition will include:
¥ Five parents/guardians of a current FUSD student, one from each of the DistrictÕs five attendance areas
¥ Five community members (not a parent/guardian of a current FUSD student), one from each of the DistrictÕs five attendance areas
¥ One parent/guardian from a school not represented in an attendance area (i.e. Glankler Early Learning Center, Robertson High School, and Fremont Adult School)
¥ One student member (to be appointed by SURFBoardE)
¥ One representative from each of the DistrictÕs four employee organizations (to be appointed by the respective employee organization)
To learn more about serving on the Facilities Advisory Committee, read the bylaws, or download an application, please visit the District website at www. fremont.k12.ca.us.