Mar 20 2016

School Board Discusses Facilities Master Plan March 23

Schools may follow City in seeking taxpayer approval for new tax funding.

On March 23, starting at 7 p.m. the board of the Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) will meet in the City Hall Council Chambers. 

(Read the complete agenda here.) Item VII.A. will be a discussion of the PUSD Facilities Master Plan beginning at approximately 8 p.m.

The Facilities Master Plan process combines the goals of PUSD’s Education Specifications and the information collected by the design team (including facility assessments) into a comprehensive plan for the schools of the Piedmont Unified School District. The main product of the facility needs assessment and Facilities Master Plan is a detailed proposal for renovations and/or additions to be made at each school campus.

On February 10, Mark Quattrocchi of Quattrocchi Kwok Architects presented its $136,800,000 Facilities Master Plan to the PUSD board.  Assistant Superintendent Song Chin Bendib reported the district’s bonding capacity is $38.3 million to $65.7 million. 

The November 2016 election is now the earliest opportunity for a ballot measure to seek voter approval of a school bond for the Facilities Master Plan.

Facilities Master Plan includes:

  • Razing Alan Harvey Theater;
  • Adding classrooms;
  • Demolishing the 10s building;
  • Constructing a two-story administration building;
  • Building a new, two-story classroom building on the Millennium High and Piedmont High campus.
  • Building a new 450-seat theater, drama classroom and office; modifying the amphitheater
  • Converting the lower floor of the 40s building to four classrooms; new entry plaza;
  • Kindergarten classroom, improved drainage, shade at Wildwood;
  • Fencing, a new retaining wall, better climate control, another kindergarten classroom at Beach School;
  • Two kindergarten classrooms, more shade, more blacktop and climate control at Havens,;
  • Enhanced security.

Meetings of the School Board are broadcast live on Channel 27 and on the City’s website. 

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