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Frequently Asked Questions 

Why is Glenview scheduled for reconstruction?

Glenview has been considered for renovation for some time. In fact, amongst all OUSD school sites, Glenview was ranked as the 9th most in need of renovation when the previous bond measure was passed in November 2006.

  • California’s Department of General Services, Division of the State Architect includes Glenview on AB300, a list of buildings that do not meet current seismic safety standards. More information about AB300 and itsclassifications can be found here:
  • A seismic engineer’s report commissioned by PTA showed that Glenview’s portables were unsafe.
  • Glenview families have lobbied for reconstruction of the campus for years in order to make the building safer and to create more usable space for student enrichment. Parents gathered more than 100 signatures and pushed for change. After much negotiation, OUSD agreed to replace the current structure with a new building, contingent upon passage of a Bond Measure, which occurred in November 2012 when Oakland voters adopted Measure J.

When is the Glenview projected scheduled to begin?

The project is scheduled to begin in Summer 2016 and end in Fall 2018. The start date of the project was delayed by one year (from June 2015) to allow for more community engagement after concerns were voiced about the project.

Where will Glenview students attend school during construction?

Superintendent Wilson has recommended the Santa Fe Elementary Campus at 915 54th Street, Oakland, as the interim location for Glenview Elementary staff and students during construction. This campus was identified by most Glenview Elementary families as their preferred interim site after a community engagement process helped identify their values and priorities for an interim site. In addition, OUSD facilities conducted a site readiness survey and determined that Santa Fe Elementary would be significantly less expensive to prepare for students than the alternative, Lakeview Elementary.

For more information regarding interim housing, read our latest Update on the Relocation.

What is the staff recommendation for the Glenview Reconstruction project?

Replacement of the current Glenview building is recommended as an alternative to renovation because of guidance from the state. Structural analysis and cost estimates have determined that, although a renovation of Glenview would cost two-thirds the amount of replacement with a new building, renovation would take longer than constructing a new building and would not address undersized classrooms and other deficiencies in the existing structure. State guidelines call for replacement under these circumstances.

Did OUSD perform a detailed seismic evaluation of the school, as discussed in AB 300?

The Glenview seismic assessment was performed in accordance with the national standard for seismic assessment, ASCE/SEI 31-03, which supersedes FEMA 310.

Where can I view the reports and analysis that informed staff’s recommendation for replacement?

Please visit for updates on the Glenview reconstruction and to download documents such as the master plan summary for Glenview, renovation vs. restructuring comparisons, seismic reports, cost-benefit analyses and more.