On June 3, 2008, voters in the Fremont Union High School District passed a $198 million dollar school bond needed to modernize tracks and fields, construct and renovate classrooms and science labs, construct a solar electricity system, replace aging infrastructure, create a long term technology fund, and implement other facilities improvements.
The tracks and fields at the District’s five high schools are the only high school tracks and fields in Santa Clara County that have not been renovated or upgraded with modern facilities and materials since they were originally constructed 40-60 years ago. Use of artificial materials for the track surface and some of the fields will not only reduce water usage and expense, but also support the high rate of use high school facilities must withstand. Completing this work at all five schools will take about 30 months.
MAJOR construction work slated to begin in the summer of 2009 includes:
• Construction of solar generating facilities in the Homestead,
Lynbrook and Cupertino HS student parking lots
• Modernization of baseball, softball and multi-use fields at Fremont
and Homestead HS
• Installation of classroom digital projectors and renovation of the
staff parking lot at Monta Vista HS
The District’s solar electricity project includes 3.6 mega-Watts (MW) of generating capacity that will reduce the District’s electric bill by over $1,000,000 per year. Although this is only a fraction of the recent loss in state funding, those savings can be used to help keep educational programs and student services going. Construction of the solar system will begin in June 2009 and take about two years to complete across the five school sites.
One might ask in these dire financial times, why wouldn’t the Fremont Union High School District choose to spend these school bond dollars on educational programs and student services?
By law, funds provided by school bonds CAN ONLY be spent on facilities and equipment. California's constitution prohibits use of bond proceeds for teacher salaries, textbooks, utility bills or other expenses not falling directly under the bond program. On the other hand, when bond funded investments such as solar electricity generation and water conservation projects produce operational savings, those savings can be used to help fund educational programs and student services.
The District is proud to announce that its award-winning Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) organizations in each of the five schools will work together to help spread awareness to their school communities. FBLA and DECA students have begun constructing websites, preparing fliers, and organizing door-to-door campaigns to help keep parents, students, staff, and the community informed about the plans and the progress of renovations at each high school.