An Update from Superintendent Lisa Fraser
Since taking the helm of the Loma Prieta JUSD, I have learned more about the people, relationships, community partnerships, and educational programs that make the Loma Prieta Joint Union School District both unique and exceptional. It is very important to me to keep our mountain community aware of school-district initiatives, so I want to provide an update on some key facilities projects.
Measure R Campaign
The successful Measure R campaign has opened doors to future improvements that will have far-reaching positive impacts within our school community and we greatly appreciate the support of our community. I met with a fifteen-member Superintendent’s Bond Advisory committee from September through the first of December to review a long list of potential facilities projects identified in the Facilities Master Plan conducted in December of 2016. Our primary task was to prioritize facility project recommendations to present to the Board of Trustees for our first phase of bond funding. The first bond issuance totaling $3.6M of the overall $10.6M approved by voters, was released in March. We are pleased to report that our bond rating was upgraded to A/A which is great news for the taxpayers within our school community.
The Bond Advisory committee used the following criteria to guide our project prioritization recommendations: Economic Benefits, Educational Benefits, Health, Safety, and Security Benefits, Community Benefits, and whether or not there was a compelling need to meet a regulatory mandate. Based upon these criteria and the $3.6M bond issuance budget parameters, the following Phase I project recommendations were endorsed by the Board of Trustees at our December board meeting:
- Allocate $1,220,000 to cover the cost of potentially non-insured facility projects related to the repair of the damaged community center, kitchen, classrooms, and school facilities.
- Allocate $840,000 to cover the cost of time-sensitive and/or compliance-related facility projects.
- Allocate $2M to renovate the Loma track and field with an affordable all-weather surface, new irrigation, and field upgrades.
- Dedicate $700,000 from alternative funding sources due to Phase I bond spending restrictions to repair the North Campus modular and kindergarten buildings, remove aging North Campus portables, replace North Campus portables with more permanent restrooms, and conduct necessary fire alarm and building repairs at Building Blocks.
The Superintendent’s Bond Advisory committee will reconvene to discuss potential Phase II projects for the next round of bond funding likely to occur as Phase I projects are nearing completion.
I thank the following Superintendent’s Bond Advisory committee members for their service and expertise: Cathy Vance, Paul Harville, Tim Farley, Patti Hughes, Sanjay Khandelwal, Michael Riese, April Fulton, Cris Vaughan, Amanda Cismondi, Nicole Gomez, Michele Ignoffo, Nancy Lanovaz, and our Board liaison, Ron Bourque.
A Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee has been assembled to certify that bond funds are spent in accordance with the stated objectives. Thank you to Claire Grosjean, Jennifer Soucy, Cristina Werdebaugh, Darian Patchin, Wayne Heimsoth, Mark Porter, Milton Barber, and Shannon Hickok for stepping up to lead this effort.
If you would like any additional clarification on the above-mentioned priorities, you can find the full Measure R presentation on our district’s webpage under District News.
Planning For Our Future
In May, I plan to conduct a series of focus group meetings for the purpose of informing a new LPJUSD Strategic Plan, as our current five-year plan will be sunsetting in June 2019. It is very important to me that the vision and goals for our district reflect the collective will of all stakeholders. As such, I will be hosting the following visioning meetings for community members to share their ideas and feedback. I would be delighted to have you join me in this dialogue at whichever meeting is most compatible with your schedule.
Superintendent’s Planning Session Thursday, May 9th. 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Community Center
Superintendent’s Planning Session Tuesday, May 14th 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Loma Forum
I look forward to our continued partnership!