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Update from Interim Superintendent Dillon

The following letter is being sent home to Glenview families in backpacks to update the community on the project’s status:

Dear Glenview Elementary Families,

I would like to take a moment, as I step into my role as Interim Superintendent, to provide an update on the Glenview Elementary construction project. I would also like to provide some assurances about the District’s commitment to your community.

As many of you already know, the timeline for the construction of Glenview Elementary’s new school building has been extended as a result of delays in agency approval and new procurement legislation. As was announced in November, the new building is currently expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. Glenview students, staff, and families are expected to be able to occupy the building in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Because of new laws relating to the lease-leaseback construction delivery model, which became effective January 1, 2017, the contracting process for this phase of this project will be different than what the district has conducted in the past. The District has been pro-active in preparing for these legislative changes. The Board passed a resolution on January 25th regarding the new procedures as part of an effort to ensure the project remains on schedule. If you would like to see the current project schedule, one is available on the Glenview Project website: https://theglenviewproject.wordpress.com/. Student success is always our first priority and so, if the building’s completion does not coincide with the summer break, OUSD administration will work with site staff to determine a schedule for move-in that will be least disruptive to student learning.

I have heard from many community members who are concerned about OUSD’s budget deficit and its impact on projects such as Glenview. The funds for Glenview Elementary’s reconstruction do not come from the general fund. Construction funding comes from Measure J bond funds that were voted for by Oakland residents to improve school facilities throughout the District. The funding for Glenview’s reconstruction is secure and Measure J funds are currently sufficient for the completion of the project.

Lastly, I know that there have been some rumors circulating about this project and I would like to address these rumors by assuring you that OUSD has no intentions for the new facility beyond its original purpose as a home for the district’s Glenview Elementary students. There are no plans to use the new facility for a charter school. We are fortunate that Santa Fe Elementary has proven a successful interim home for Glenview families. OUSD is currently working with the busing provider to ensure a continuation of bus service, to Santa Fe for Glenview students. OUSD will also continue to provide priority placement for students from the Santa Fe neighborhood, after Glenview families and siblings of current students.

This project is a complex one. I thank you for your continued patience and support of your student, site leadership, and school community. If you have questions, please feel free to email glenviewproject@gmail.com or visit: https://theglenviewproject.wordpress.com/ for more information.

Devin Dillon
Interim Superintendent
Oakland Unified School District

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