Over the last two decades, the community served by the Fremont Union High School District has been incredibly generous in approving several school improvement bonds to help ensure the necessary upkeep and maintenance of our five campuses and other facilities, as well as to make sure the District could provide adequate facilities to address enrollment growth. Our staff and students are incredibly grateful for the beautiful and functional buildings that support the teaching and learning that takes place at each of our high school campuses.
Measure K, a $295 million school facilities bond, was approved by 64.84% of the voters. The ballot measure read:
"To avoid overcrowding at Cupertino, Fremont, Homestead, Lynbrook and Monta Vista High Schools by building the new classrooms and facilities needed to serve a growing student population, updating computer network capability and science labs, upgrading classroom computers and technology, and replacing, acquiring, constructing and renovating school facilities shall the Fremont Union High School District issue $295 million in bonds at interest rates within the legal limit with annual audits and all expenditures monitored by an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee?"
Measure B, a 67.1% voter-approved $198 million school facilities bond, provided the funds necessary to continue to renovate and modernize Cupertino, Fremont, Homestead, Lynbrook and Monta Vista High Schools.
Measure B funds were used to:
- Create a dedicated Technology Fund that will allow the district to upgrade and maintain classroom computers and related technology;
- Build new science labs;
- Construct the new classrooms needed to avoid overcrowding;
- Replace aging heating, lighting, plumbing and electrical systems;
- Improve energy efficiency at each high school;
- Create classrooms/labs designed for career and technical education classes that supplement traditional college preparatory courses;
- Upgrade and improve athletic facilities and fields;
- Improve campus safety and security;
- Upgrade and improve emergency communications systems; and
- Add solar power and make the dollars now spent on utility bills available to support classroom programs.
FUHSD's Facilities Modernization Program began with the passage of a $144 million bond measure on April 14, 1998, which garnered 79% approval. All classrooms at our five high schools—Cupertino, Fremont, Homestead, Lynbrook, and Monta Vista—were modernized, providing an environment more conducive to teaching and learning. Each high school was given a new library building or an updated, modern library facility. Student-centered facilities were modernized, including drama and music areas, gyms and locker rooms. Several new buildings were constructed, including field houses (gym without bleachers) on two campuses and a very large gym/classroom building on one campus. The District added an additional 160,000 square feet of classroom, library and gym space.
CUPERTINO HIGH SCHOOL
The front of the school changed dramatically with a new arch entrance that mirrored the design of the new field house. Every instructional classroom was remodeled and updated. New facilities included an eight-classroom science building, field house (practice gym), dance studio and swimming pool. Other key venues that were remodeled include a performing arts theatre, gym/locker rooms, library, cafeteria and administration building. The physical and instructional environment was dramatically improved for students and staff.
FREMONT HIGH SCHOOL
The eighty-year-old campus was wonderfully transformed under Measure H. A sparkling new library and state-of-the-art music building were constructed and older buildings were also updated and remodeled. The addition of an Olympic-sized swimming pool and pool house completed this evolution to a world-class campus, while maintaining the integrity of the historic main building. The school was given the feel of a college campus with a new amphitheater and arched library building in the center of the campus.
HOMESTEAD HIGH SCHOOL
All classroom areas, the cafeteria, gymnasiums and auditorium were renovated, and a new library, swimming pool and music building addition were completed. In 2006, a scoreboard was added in the aquatics center, an impressive mural and acoustics were added to the gymnasium and a state-of-the-art sound system was installed in the auditorium. The new library is stunning, with one wall of glass facing the oak tree in the quad in front of the school.
LYNBROOK HIGH SCHOOL
All instructional spaces were remodeled, providing new and improved facilities in the core curricular areas, as well as in the support areas, including the library, gymnasiums (including new field house), swimming pool, locker rooms, auditorium, drama and music room. The new library building on the back of the campus beautifully mirrors the design of the other school buildings.
MONTA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL
In Fall 2007, the school completed renovation of the administration building, ASB office, career center and the cafeteria, bringing to close an eight-year modernization project. Already completed were the new visual and performing arts building and a 33,000 square foot complex housing a new gym and fourteen new classrooms. An expanded library media center and renovated auditorium opened in September 2005. New athletic facilities, including a new swimming pool and a renovated gymnasium, opened in Fall 2006. The renovated auditorium and library are outstanding facilities.