With a Focus on Air Quality and Climate, Facilities in Fountain Valley School District Get a Closer Look.

Fountain Valley, CA, October 29, 2015:  At a recent special Board Meeting, Fountain Valley School District’s Board of Trustees gave direction to staff to move forward with a process to procure an architect and develop a facilities master plan.

According to Dr. Mark Johnson, Superintendent, “We commend the Facilities Committee, our staff and Board of Trustees in guiding this work.  A facilities master plan is a logical first step in addressing the air quality and climate needs at all of our schools.  As we plan for these major changes, we need to understand the total impact and scope of a project this size.  In addition to air quality and climate, electrical, plumbing and roof upgrades must also be considered to ensure that the decisions we make today last well into the future.”

Board President, Ian Collins, commented, “I am pleased to see that a plan is being developed to address the needed upgrades to our school facilities.  This is an important step to responding to the needs of not only our sites, but to the interests of our parents and community.”

Assistant Superintendent of Business, Mrs. Christine Fullerton, will be leading this effort as she oversees district operations and facilities.  As Mrs. Fullerton explained, “A facilities master plan is a road map to define and guide our facilities work long-term.  Once an architect is selected, they will work to develop a plan that takes into consideration the needs and wants of the District; sets priorities based on feedback and conversations with stakeholders; and creates consistency across our sites while providing realistic cost estimates.  The facilities master plan will allow us to create lasting, sustainable work for our District.”

Since fall 2014, staff has been studying ways to thoughtfully address the air quality and climate needs in the district.  In March 2015, a Facilities Committee was created and began examining the greater facility needs throughout FVSD.  The Committee consists of approximately 30 members with representatives from every stakeholder group (teachers, classified staff, Trustees, site and district administrators, parents, community members and city officials).  The committee has met a total of six times and has conducted four site visits, examining school facilities both in and outside of the district.

In addition to solving the air quality and climate needs in our schools, the District also noted that it is important to understand that classrooms today are different than the classrooms we entered as kids.  Technology, flexible spaces and furniture that allow students to work in small groups, and environments better suited for STEAM efforts require us to look at our classrooms in new and innovative ways.

Dr. Johnson added, “We look forward to getting the next phase of this work started, as we continue our commitment to providing a high quality educational environment for every student and employee in FVSD.” 

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About the Fountain Valley School District

The Fountain Valley School District, founded in 1898, is comprised of 10 schools serving over 6,300 students from Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach. Fountain Valley School District seeks to promote a foundation for academic excellence, mastery of basic skills, responsible citizenship, and a desire by students to achieve their highest potential through a partnership with home and community. To learn more about the Fountain Valley School District, visit our website at www.fvsd.us.