Lafayette School District
“Our students are creative thinkers and problem-solvers and are prepared to become responsible, ethical and productive citizens.”
Dear Lafayette Families, Community Members, and Staff,
Your Measure C General Obligation bond dollars are now at work! We are pleased to share that we are six months into our Measure C facilities bond work and making progress. For those of you who have not been able to hear the monthly Measure C updates shared at our Governing Board meetings, we wanted to share highlights of the work that has begun:
Modernization Projects: Immediately upon the passage of the bond, the design process started with plans for modernization of all schools and the proposed new classrooms at Stanley Middle School. Last month the modernization plans were completed and submitted to the Department of State Architects (DSA) and are expected to be approved in time for construction this summer. Modernization work will occur at all five schools during the summer of 2017 and will include roofing, fire alarm upgrades, electrical work, and network infrastructure upgrades as needed at each site.
New Stanley Classrooms: The Stanley Middle School classroom design work is still underway with DSA submittal expected during late spring. Realizing there are complexities to adding new space, we are working to be as responsive as possible to issues and concerns that arise. As a result, the building design has gone through several iterations, with improvements each time, and is now proposed to be two single story buildings with other refinements still being analyzed and discussed. This configuration best serves the needs of students and teachers, provides outdoor learning space, and also creates a very attractive entrance to the campus. In the past DSA review could take as long as ten months, but with the current volume of school projects througout the State that they are receiving, DSA is warning that review may take longer than usual. Given that this project requires a more complex design review than the modernization projects, we expect that construction will not begin until the middle of the 2017-18 school year. The tentative completion date will be 2019.
Play Structures: The installation of new play structures at each of our elementary schools is underway, starting with Burton Valley Elementary School which was completed this week. These structure replacements were included in the project list for the bond measure and come out of the need to replace the aging and non-code compliant structures at each of our schools. Although the play structure projects were included mainly in the interest of maintenance and ongoing safety, the District is taking the opportunity to select structures that are not only safe but innovative and fun for children of all abilities. The exceptionally rainy weather has delayed the installation, but if you want to see a preview of what is to come, please visit our website for information and pictures.
Next Steps with Design Work: This month, meetings have begun with staff members at each of our elementary schools. These meetings will include a discussion of interior finishes and furniture that is needed as well as overviews of upcoming building changes and/or additions.
Funding Schedule: It is important to note that the $70 million we receive in Measure C bond funding does not come to our District in one lump sum. Instead, it is released in three increments every two years beginning in 2016 and continuing into 2018, and 2020. Because we cannot build ahead of the receipt of funding, the projects are strategically planned and are spread out over a period of five to six years. All schools will receive modernization upgrades every summer over the course of the bond program, and because almost all students attend Stanley and it has the greatest need for additional space, the first new building construction will take place at this school. This will be followed by new classrooms at the elementary schools as identified in the Bond Project List.
We are excited about the upcoming projects and look forward to seeing them become reality over the next five to six years. We also realize that none of this would be possible without your commitment to our schools and our community. We remain extremely grateful to each of you for your support of Measure C.
Rachel Zinn, Superintendent