Dear Fremont Family,
As the parents of Fremont students, you probably weren’t surprised to learn that the FUSD Community Facilities Committee identified $1.6 billion dollars in school facility needs in Fremont Unified. Your children are the ones who have suffered with hot and cold classrooms, roof leaks, power outages, the lack of technology infrastructure and overcrowding. With a little more than $250 million dollars coming in to our general fund, it is daunting to even begin to address what years of underfunding has created.
I wanted to let you know that on Wednesday, February 12th, our Board of Education took the first steps toward addressing our needs by voting unanimously to place a school facility funding measure of up to $650 million dollars on the ballot this June. With this money we will be able to start addressing our most immediate needs:
- upgrade/repair neighborhood schools with local funding the State cannot take away
- update technology/aging classrooms, math, science/computer labs for 21stCentury learning
- upgrade electrical wiring to current safety codes
- remove asbestos,
- repair, construct, acquire equipment, classrooms, sites, facilities*
Even though our School District proved that they were trustworthy stewards by completing the 2002 bond projects on time and under budget, they will need our help to pass this important measure in June. The majority of voters who will be voting in June have no students attending our schools and do not know that the majority of our facilities date from the 1950s. Only 1/3 of our own parents are registered to vote and only 1/3 of the registered parents are likely to vote in June and that won’t be enough votes for the measure to pass.
Please join Support Fremont Schools on March 3rd at 7:00 pm at Parkmont Elementary, 2601 Parkside Drive, to find out more about the campaign and the many ways you could help.
Absentee Ballots will be mailed out in May so there is no time to lose. We cannot win without you!
I look forward to seeing you,