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Dublin Unified Trustees Set Capacity and Initial Funding Allocation for Future High School

August 23, 2017

At Tuesday night’s Board of Trustees meeting, the Board made several key decisions related to our district’s rapid student growth following an extensive staff presentation and public comment.

The Board voted on three important issues Tuesday night, all related to the construction of a future high school on the east side of our community:

  • The Board, in a 4-1 vote, affirmed their commitment to build a new high school, in a phased approach, with a final capacity of 2,500 students

  • In a 3-2 vote, the Board also affirmed that the future high school will not be a satellite campus, but a self-contained campus and that the first phase will be built for 1,000 students

  • The Board also voted by a 3-2 margin on a staff recommendation that set the initial amount of funding for a future high school at $100 million out of the Measure H Bond, with the remaining available funding from Measure H going toward modernization projects at Murray Elementary, Frederiksen Elementary, Fallon Middle School and Wells Middle School. These modernization projects will increase science classroom spaces as well as address the need for added capacity at these sites. A summary of the funding allocations voted on Tuesday can be found here:$file/17-08-22R%20Measure%20H%20Allocation.pdf

“The Board has been committed to a new high school in Dublin since it approved a plan in 2016,” said Board President Megan Rouse. “The approval of capacity, first phase implementation and funding now gives clear direction to our new community committee to begin their work analyzing land options in order to make a recommendation to the Board.”

Superintendent Dr. Leslie Boozer said Tuesday night’s decisions address capacity needs across the District, with new students coming to Dublin at all grade levels.

“Our facilities needs are District-wide and the staff recommendation was to provide funding to aid our campuses in absorbing the influx of new students,” Dr. Boozer said. “I am confident that we will be able to deliver the first phase of an outstanding high school to our community with the funding that has been allocated through Measure H.”

A site for a new high school has not yet been identified. A Community Review Committee (CRC) is being convened following input from community members about their engagement in this process. The 18-member CRC will meet for the first time during the week of September 4 in order to thoroughly examine options and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees. We expect the CRC to work for approximately 3-6 months to arrive at recommendations.

Members of the CRC are being selected by School Site Councils at each site. The CRC will also include two community-at-large members, representatives from DTA and CSEA, a member of the senior community, a DHS student and a member of the District’s leadership team. The committee will work under the direction of an outside project manager. We expect to have regular updates on the committee’s work at Board meetings.