Dear PUSD Community,
We continue to move forward multiple Measure I1 and other facilities projects. While much of our initial Measure I1 projects has been building infrastructure, we are eager to show our move forward on a number of projects to show our community members how their support is benefitting our students, schools and community. We are also moving forward on a number of projects made possible through our efforts to identify additional funding from the State through Proposition 39.
On April 1, perimeter fencing projects began at Mohr and Fairlands Elementary and Harvest Park Middle School. Deputy Superintendent Dr. Micaela Ochoa and her team have worked in collaboration with site staff to ensure that these projects meet the safety needs of the students and staff, while providing aesthetic enhancements at the same time.
In June, we will begin to see the initial stages of work beginning at other school sites. Proposition 39 funds will support the installation of solar panels and redesign of the front parking lot at Amador Valley High School. Although this project will significantly impact parking for the first few months of school, the ongoing reductions in electricity consumption and our carbon footprint will pay dividends for many years to come. Amador stakeholders will soon receive information regarding temporary changes to student drop off and parking, as well as other potential options for getting students to and from school. We want to be respectful of our neighbors during this project and minimize the traffic impact in areas around the school. We appreciate both your cooperation and patience during this project.
Pending Board approval of the construction bids, the first phase of the Lydiksen school rebuild is also scheduled to begin this summer with the construction of the secondary parking and drop-off loop and relocation of the Kids Club classrooms. When completed, the secondary drop-off will help reduce congestion at the front of the school and along Foothill Road. This work will set the stage for Phase Two of the Lydiksen rebuild in which the new classroom building will be raised. I want to thank Principal Jake Berg and the staff of Lydiksen, as well as those community members who came to meetings, for their feedback and assistance in the planning for this project.
In addition to the security fencing at Harvest Park Middle School, the process of rebuilding the school library is a key focus. Funded largely by the insurance claim after the fire in July, the new library will return to the center of the school campus. While the temporary library has been a great alternative facility, HPMS staff and students are excited to have their permanent library back. I want to thank the neighbors who called the fire department at the first sign of smoke, as well as the school and District staff who responded quickly and helped to make the best out of an unfortunate situation.
Less visible, but just as significant, six schools will undergo network upgrades in the coming months - Walnut Grove, Foothill, and Pleasanton Middle this Spring, and Valley View, Alisal, Harvest Park this Summer. We are also replacing 48 HVAC units at Pleasanton Middle School this summer.
Finally, the design and program planning for Elementary School #10 is underway. We look forward to engaging our staff, students and community in this critical process. Construction is set to begin Summer 2020.
To learn more about these and other Measure I1 and facilities projects, visit the PUSD Facilities & Construction web page.