The Facilities Committee was developed in March of 2015, and tasked with the mission of comprehensively examining the facilities needs in the Fountain Valley School District, to ensure students and employees have the resources required to meet our future needs. The committee was made up of approximately 30 individuals representing teachers, classified staff, parents, community members, city leaders, and district administrators. Between March and November, the team visited schools in surrounding districts, visited both an elementary and middle school in FVSD, reflected on what was observed, and recommended the development of a Facilities Master Plan to the Board of Trustees. The Board took the recommendation under advisement and approved the architectural and planning firm, LPA Inc., to assist the District in the development of a District Facilities Master Plan.
Between December and June LPA engaged over 200 District stakeholders in the development of a Facilities Master Plan (FMP). On June 30, 2016 the Board of Trustees received the final Facilities Master Plan, which identified over $280 million in facilities needs, everything from roofs and utilities infrastructure to air conditioning and outdoor learning environments. The District shared this information through regularly scheduled Board meetings, Board workshops, and community meetings.
In May, the District hosted the School Facilities Engagement Committee, a group of residents, parents, and business owners who studied District facilities needs, District finances, and community opinions, developed a consensus report around those topics, and presented to the Board on June 16.
During the last two months, the District has been studying the feasibility of placing a General Obligation Facilities Bond on the November 8, 2016 ballot. In June and July, True North Research conducted a voter survey to gather information about the FVSD Community's opinions regarding a GO Bond. The results of the survey were presented to the Board on July 28, and the Board voted on August 11 to place Measure O on the ballot.
The $63 million bond measure would include strict fiscal accountability provisions, including an independent citizens’ oversight committee and annual audits. It would provide locally controlled funding – which could not be taken by the State – to:
The cost of the measure to property owners is estimated to be approximately $30 for each $100,000 of a property’s assessed value (not market value) annually, for the period that bonds are outstanding.
The links below contain more specific information regarding each step of FVSD's facilities journey.