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Measure I update: So far, so good

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Things are going as planned with funds from Measure I, $205 million earmarked for school renovations and rebuilds. We’ll have a story early next week, but in a nutshell, the design work is complete for all involved campuses: Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School,  Schafer Park Elementary, Tyrrell Elementary, Fairview Elementary and East Avenue Elementary.

There are even 3D virtual tours of each campus, along with more traditional artist renderings.

An extensive security camera system has been installed, now covering all schools in HUSD.

Next step is construction, which will begin with fencing going up at some sites in April, with heavy-duty stuff starting in summer. All five schools are expected to be completed in 2012, and facilities manager Dave Gallaher said they’re going to be something to be proud of.

“We took all the best ideas out there, from the staff, from the community and from the architects, and blended them together,” he said. “We were looking forward, incorporating things like technology in classrooms, energy efficiency, and sustainability in buildings and grounds. The best of new ideas.”

Eric Kurhi

  • obama.newage

    It’s about time we have new schools in Hayward.

  • qodrn

    Well, something is working out I guess. Any news on the changes to Foothill and Mission? Why is that stalled? If I remember right, this was contingent on the state relinquishing control of certain properties from the original highway that was never built, and there was some shortage of funds. Dumb to keep tearing down buildings, etc. if the thing is not going to be built.

  • Alex

    now they NEED to improve the high schools…

  • obama newage

    Correct me if I am wrong but don’t we have a new school being built on a fault line?

  • confused

    Nice to know they have ENOUGH money to do these immaculate changes. Mlk school has a building in the back of the campus. Perfectly new. Built about 8 years ago. I did not see that on the new plans. That was a waste.

  • obama newage

    You are right Alex. We do need new High Schools.

  • Alex

    coming from a current junior at HHS.

  • John Kyle

    As to item four by Obama Newage…..

    No, a new school is not being built directly on the fault line. In the passage of the ‘ALQUIST PRIOLA ACT’…. (BACK IN THE 197O’S ) IF YOU BUILD WITHIN 100 FEET ON EITHER SIDE OF THE IDENTIFIABLE FAULT LINES, YOU GO THROUGH HELL GETTING APPROVALS.

    NONE OF THE SCHOOLS CURRENTLY BEING BUILT ARE WITHIN OR NEAR THE FAULT LINE…. I DO NOT KNOW IF THE PRESENT BRETE HART LAYS IN OR OUTSIDE THAT FAULT LINE..

    THE REAL PROBLEM WITH THE PASSAGE OF MEASURE I, WHICH FUNDS THE FIRST OF FOUR NECESSARY VOTES OF APPROVAL, IS THAT IT IGNORED THE PROBLEM WITH THE EXISTENT TREE
    VIEW SCHOOL

    AS A MEMBER OF AN AD HOC GROUP CREATED BY THE HUSD TRUSTEE BACK IN THE 1990′S….WE WERE CHARGED WITH CREATING A RECOMMENDATION ON THE IDEA OF WHETHER OR NOT TO DISPOS OF PIEXOTO, THE OLDEST IN OUR POSSESSION. THAT SCHOOL HAD BEEN CLOSED AND THE DAY CARE CEMTER THEN UTILIZING THAT PROPERTY WAS CONSOLIDATED INTO HELEN TURNER DAY CARE CENTER.

    WHILE TOURING THAT SITE WE VISITED SEVERAL OTHERS IN NEARBY LOCATIONS…BIDWELL WAS ONE AND TREE VIEW WAS ANOTHER.

    AT THE TIME OF OUR VISIT, BIDELL WAS NOT OPERATING AND HAD BEEN LEASED TO ‘HARD’ WHICH MAINTAINED THE GROUNDS AS A PUBLIC PARK AND HAD LEASED PORTIONS OF THE SCHOOL TO A HEAD START PROGRAM….. THIS WAS ANOTHER DEAL WHERE THE SCHOOL HAD NOT BEEN USED FOR 21 YEARS, BUT RENTED OUT AT A VERY SMALL LEASE RATE….

    WHEN WE TOURED TREEVIEW…. WELL! AT THE TIME OF OUR VISIT WE SAW THE COMPLETED REPAIRS AT FRONT ELEVATION, WHICH REPAIRS INVOLVED SOME RETAINING WALLS AND THE ENTRY STAIRS DOWN FROM THE STREET ABOVE AND THE PARKING LOT. THE STREET WAS STARTLING TO ME, DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF ‘HALF’ INDICATE SOIL MOVMENT OR SLIPPAGE!

    DURING THE VISIT WE WENT AROUND BACK TO LOOK AT THE PLAYGROUND WHICH WAS FLAT… YOU HAD TO USE STAIRS AND WALKWAYS DOWN FROM THE CLASSROOM AREA TO REACH THE PLAYGROUNS. tHE NEW LATERAL DIRECTION WALKWAYS WERE ALREADY ‘TILTING’

    FRANKLY, I WAS ALARMED AND DISTRESSED BY THE REPAIRS THEN IN PROGRESS…REPAIRS WERE BEING DONE TO THE SEWEWR LATERAL AT THE FOOT OF THE EMBANKMENT UPON WHICH THE SCHOOL WAS BUILT. THE STRAIGHT LINE OCCURRING IN THE DIRECTION OF THE ORIGINAL SEWER LATERAL WAS NO LONGER A STRAIGHT LINE BUT CONSISTED OF TWO SEPARATE LIN=S TIED TOGETHER AT THE POINT WHERE THE REPAIRS HAD BEEN QUITE VISIBLE, eNVISION A STARIGHT LINE BREOKEN INTO TWO PARTS THEN SEEN AS PARRALEL RATHER THAN STRAIGHT.

    I WAS ONCE EMPLOYED BY A MAJOR BANK DOING VALUE ESTIMATES OF MAJOR PROJECTS INVOLVING MANY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. I HAD TAKEDN A COURSE IN GEOMORPHOLOGY, AT CAL EXTENSION… THE MEMORY OF THAT EVIDENCE OF TREEVIEW BEING DIRECTLY AT AND UPON THE HAYWARD/CALAVERAS FAULT LINE IS BURNED INTO MY MIND.

    AS A MEMBER OF ANOTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT AD HOC COMMITTEE BACK IN 1991.. THE SUBJECT WAS ‘STRATEGIC CHANGE’ AND WITH MY APPRAISAL EXPERIENCE I IDENTIFIED MYSELF WITH RECOMMENDED CHANGE SEVEN (# 7( WHICH URGED A BOND ISSUE.

    IMAGINE MY BITTER SURPRISE WHEN I LEARNED THAT THE RECEMT ‘Master plan’ UPON WHICH THE BOND MEASURE WAS PASSED…. HAD NO DISCUSSION OF THE CONDITIONS EXISTENT AT TREEVIEW. I RAISED OBJECTIONS AT BOARD MEETINGS AND IN LETTERS TO THOSE WHOM I THOUGHT OUGHT TO KNOW…. EXCLUDED FROM THAT PROCESS BY THE WILD EYED ENTHUSIASTS FAVORING PASSAGE… I TURNED AROUND AND VOTED AGAINST IT….NO ONE IN HUSD ADMINISTRATION OR THE SEPARATE BOND COMMITTE WILL SPEAK TO THE ISSUE DESPITE MY WARNING THAT SHOULD THE ‘BIG ONE’ HIT DURING A TIME WHEN INSTRUCTION IS OCCURRING,,, THEN, IF JUST ONE CHILD IS INJURED, THE REPUTATIONS OF ALL WILL BE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND WITH THAT THE CITY WHICH IS IDENTIFIES AS HAYWARD WILL BE COMPARED WITH SOMETHING EVEN AS LOW AS THE GOVERNMENT OF HAITI,….

    FOLKS OUGHT TO TUNE IN…… NOT WORRY OR CONCERN
    THEMSELVES WITH SUCH MUNDANE ARTICLES ABOUT THE NEW HOT DOG STAND AT FAIRWAY PARK.

    GET INVOLVED,,, DO NOT BE A SPECTATOR ALL YOUR LIVES.

  • John Kyle

    INSERT THE WORD ‘MOON’ AFTER ‘HALF’IN THE LAST SENTENCE OF THE 7TH PRAGRAPH OF MY PRVIOUS ITEM

  • Alex

    where would students attend school during construction of the new schools?

  • John Kyle

    Wrap your mind around use of a portable?

  • Alex

    i was thinking maybe they could use the schools that just closed.

    but then i thought…

    Markham (now Faith Ringgold)

    Highland (now Impact Academy)

    Shepard (now HUSD offices)

    Muir (now some other thing. forgot what though…)

    any more i forgot?

  • John Kyle

    I was underthe impression that Markham would take some of the kids displacewd by work at Fairview etc.

    Muir was closed then used fore day care ubtuil a disturbance on site by those not wamted.

    East ASve has an addon structure so that present use is ok. Shepard ??/ I have no idea but isn’t that close to tyrell? Probably some por6tables in use too . Is Muir on in the first group I thought it was Fairview, East Ave, MLK Middle school, and Schafer Park and Tyrell. those are the only schools which are involved with the first Bond issue.

    Some schools like Longwood ( Buily in 1953 will not be re-built but only modernized what ever tha means1 Longwood money will be deoendent upon success of the last Bond Vote scheculed in 2020. How do you modernizew a school which is mi=ostly portables… the original was built in 1953 and an add on occurred abot 5 years later then 10 or 12 portables thrown on the lot about 10 or 12 years ago…. with up to 799 kids hbewating the hell out of it….. but HUSD WORKEWD HARD AND NOW THE ENROLLMENT IS JUST 730…. THE RULES MUST HAVE CHANGED BECAUSE THE OLD’RULES REQUIRED MORE LAND AREA FOR THAT MANY…..OH WELL IT JUST LATINOS AND FRICAM AMERICANS MOSTLY….. SO A REMODEL WILL DO! RIGHT?

  • Alex

    Longwood and Harder do have hella portables. Those should be redone too.

    i bet their bigger than the middle schools…

  • Alex

    Shepard is just a few blocks from Tyrell.

  • krocchio

    East Avenue will relocate to Highland (currently Impact Academy). Impact will move to what I believe is currently the Darwin site.

  • John Kyle

    Alex,

    Sheperd Makes a good classroom space for Tyrell kids when that school is rebuilt…. do you think they will tear down the part that was rebuilt after the fire in 92 ? 03 ?

    Are you sure HUSD is using it for offices? What Department? How long?

  • Alex

    Shepherd closed a few years ago and is now HUSD’s “Student Information and Assement Center”.

    i dont know anything about a fire though. i was born in 1993.

    i dont think they plan to tear it down…

  • qodrn

    Why I am glad the schools will be fixed, sometimes I think they should just make the schools out of portables. They are so much nicer than the buildings, and air conditioned. Then you could grow or compact as needed. Plus Hayward has a ton of portables…

  • John Kyle

    Portables are hard to maintain…. think about the fact that all classrooms have exterior walls made of plywood exteriors which are much harder to maintain… each has a sepatrate heater and air comditioning, restrooms are away from the units where the distance from classroojms to restrooms cause time loss….in other words exterior access; portables lack the super foundation controls in prevention against earthquake caused damage….. the foundations are mere tie downs in many cases and the units are mounted on tripod type columns; the sub-floor space is only covered by a piece of plywood often in contact with bare ground and thus conducive to the presence of termites.

    Portables have alway been utilized as an expedient in sudden changes of enrollment. As in the example of Mexican families, here legally and who in many instances return to their place of origin so to be united with family at Christmas. Often, they fail to return, choosing to take a job which was made available in another location…. then there have also been instances when they bring other family members to Hayward who are fed up with L.A. Enrollment can thus be volatile and portables are hastened to the site while new enrollments are accomadted in the multi-purpose rooms for instructional purpose while HUSD searches for teachers and portables to move around.

    Portables do not come cheap!

    Longwood as an example has a website report of enrollment of 730 students… a number calculated at the beginning of the year… what it was after the Holidays is not publicly announced. It has in recent past been at 795 a close second to Cherryland

    Longwood was built originally in 1953 for a cap-acity of 250 students. Nearby Helen Tutner was built by Mt. Eden School District about 1956 or ’57 then when consolidated with Hayward Schools the Longwood school was exapanded to twice it’s original size, some portables were added in the eraly 1980 period and then in 1998 the number of portables was almost doubled….. while helen Turner is now used as a day care center and could have been reopend as an anmnex to Lopngwood so that the two near by campuses would be operated by the same principal and ass’t princiopal much like is doen at Bidwell/Treeview

    Bid well was closed for 21 years and leased to HARD for about $7,000 per year. All the new houses built in the Harder/TENNYSON AREA DOWN ALONG INDUSTRIAL PKWY CAUSED THE TREEVIEW SCHOOL TO ACCEPT MORE THAN IT COULD HANDLE SO Treeview and Bidwell are now operated as one despite the fact they are separated by some street distances that impose difficulty for parents with kids at each location to say nothing of the probable communications/tours needed by administratuion staff. a TIME LOSS IS INVOLVED IN THE TRIPS BETWEN THE TWO!

    So, the can of worms continues to open up… right?

  • teachermama

    East Ave. is moving to Highland, Fairview is moving to John Muir (I think). Schafer Park kids are not being displaced, I heard.