FOUNTAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Superintendent's Update
Volume III : Issue I
August 4, 2016
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As you know, Fountain Valley School District (FVSD) is a top-performing school district in the county and state. In the last two years, eight of ten FVSD schools received the California Gold Ribbon Schools Award. And, great schools help improve home values and keep our community a strong and desirable place to live.
 
Despite strong student achievement, all of our schools were built over 40 years ago and require repairs and upgrades to protect student safety and support a rigorous, high-quality education. For instance, most classrooms lack air conditioning, resulting in classrooms where temperatures can reach 85-100 degrees. To meet today's rising academic standards, we also need updates to classrooms, labs and instructional technology to provide local students access to the education, technology and skills training vital to success in high school, college and careers.
 
FVSD conducted a comprehensive facility master planning process involving more than 200 participants to thoroughly assess the upgrades our schools need. The School Facilities Engagement Committee then came together to recommend next steps for how to fund these improvements.
 
As a result of this process, the FVSD Board of Trustees is considering placing a local school improvement bond measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot that would:
  • Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing and electrical systems where needed
  • Install air conditioning in classrooms to improve air quality and keep classrooms from reaching temperatures of 85 to 100 degrees
  • Provide the facilities and technology needed to support high-quality instruction in math, science and technology
  • Improve student safety and campus security systems, including security fencing,
    security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers
The proposed measure would require a clear system of accountability. All money raised would stay local to support our students and could not be taken away by the State or used for other purposes. A Citizens' Oversight Committee and a project list detailing exactly how the money would be used is required, and independent audits ensure the money is spent properly. The cost of the measure to property owners is estimated to be approximately $30 for each $100,000 of a property's assessed value (not market value) annually, for the period that bonds are outstanding.
 
FVSD will be making important decisions about plans to improve facilities in the coming weeks. We invite you to attend the board meeting on Thursday, August 11 at 7pm at the FVSD Board Room (10055 Slater Avenue, Fountain Valley) when the Board will discuss this important issue. You can find more information on www.fvsd.us  by clicking on Facilities Updates under Board of Trustees. Please don't hesitate to contact me at superintendent@fvsd.us or (714) 843-3255 if you have any questions.

And, as always, t hank you for all that you do to support teaching and learning in our District!  

Kindly,

Mark Johnson, Ed.D.
Superintendent
FOCUS: Facilities Master Plan

Over the last six months, District staff, parents, Trustees, community leaders, and even students have worked together with LPA Architects, Inc. to create a detailed Facilities Master Plan (FMP).  The District's newly developed FMP identifies a vision for the next 10 to 15 years and provides a road map to coordinate short and long-range goals for our school buildings. This has been an incredibly thoughtful and inclusive process and we are extremely grateful to all of our participants in helping us to complete such a detailed and comprehensive plan.  
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