The Castro Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) Board of Education meets Monday to consider authorizing $60,000,000 in general obligations bonds for renovation projects throughout the District along with an implementation plan and project schedule with major construction proposed to begin in May 2017. Board Members will also consider refinancing $13,500,000 in bond debt from 2006. Refinancing will save about the community about $800,000, according to Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi.
Voters passed Measure G last June, authorizing up to $123 million in bond funding for facilities upgrades for CVUSD. The Board will consider three different project schedules for over $107 million in projects for CVUSD’s nine elementary schools, two middle schools, Alma preschool, the Adult School, and Castro Valley High School.
The most aggressive schedule, Option B, would see construction kick off at each school in 2017.
Options A and C outline a more staggered renovation approach among the elementary and middle schools.
- Under Option A, Proctor, Independent, Vannoy, and Canyon would face two years of construction projects starting in 2017. In 2019, a second wave of projects would begin at Chabot, Palomares, and Creekside. Renovations would start at Jensen Ranch, Castro Valley Elementary, and Marshall in 2020. And Stanton’s renovation would begin in 2021.
- Under Option C, all elementary and middle schools would schools would start construction projects in 2017 and 2018. Completion of each school’s Master Plan projects would be staggered through 2021.
Every school will get rebuilt heating systems and air conditioning.
Most of the proposed projects would take place at Castro Valley High School, with $51.4 million in identified renovations that would start in May 2017 and wrap up in May 2023. Renovations at Castro Valley High School include expansion of the cafeteria and library, installation of new heating and air conditioning systems throughout the campus, and rehabilitation of each classroom.
About $40 million is set aside for the nine elementary schools. All but Palomares Elementary will see multi-year renovations that will be tackled in phases. Most elementary schools, including Proctor, Independent, Vannoy, Stanton, Marshall, Castro Valley Elementary, and Chabot, will see expanded multipurpose rooms. Some classrooms will need to be temporarily relocated to portable buildings during the multiyear construction program.
The middle schools would see about $16 million in projects between the two campuses.
In the 2014-2015 school years, CVUSD’s enrollment was nearly 9,400 students, on an upward trajectory from the beginning of the decade when it was about 9,000 students.
Master Plans for each school
The CVUSD Board of Education meets on Monday, December 19 at 7:00 pm at 4400 Alma Avenue in Castro Valley. Here is a link to the full agenda.