School Board to Vote on Revised Measure J Master Plan

The board meets tonight to vote on whether to move forward with Measure J improvements. The plans at the last meeting received a 2-2 vote.

At a meeting on Thursday evening, South San Francisco Unified District School Board will vote on whether to approve a revised Master Plan for phases II and III of Measure J school improvements.

Superintendent Alejandro Hogan presented the plans at a meeting on Oct. 25, but the motion did not pass and received a vote of 2-2.

Trustee Shirlee Hoch had left the meeting due to illness before the vote. The board's student representative, Alex Moreno, at first appeared to have given the Master Plan 3 votes, but as a non-elected member, his vote cannot break a tie vote.

President Judy Bush and trustee Liza Normandy voted "no" because they wanted to see science classroom upgrades a higher priority and a more comprehensive explanation of other available funds that could be used for that purpose. Bush also inquired about why ADA standard bathrooms were not higher priority in the plans.

At tonight's meeting, Hogan will present a revised version of the plans that are expected to better address the board's concerns. 

According to the presentation available on the district website, the updated plans integrate science classroom upgrades for Alta Loma Middle, El Camino High and Westborough Middle.

Bleachers are still included in the the proposed Master Plan, to cost $1,458,303 for South City High and $542,800 for El Camino.

The new plan puts Phase II and III expenditures respectively at $61.4 million and $75.1 million, whereas the earlier plan estimated $64.7 million and $68.7 million.

At Thursday's meeting the board will also hear a presentation from Skyline Elementary School principal Milissa Banister on the school's student achievment and API.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the South San Francisco High School Library Information Center at 400 B Street.

On Nov. 13 there will be a Measure J Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee meeting. The following school board meeting is scheduled for Dec. 13 and will be televised.

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Jim C November 08, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Harry, the vast majority of the Measure J money is going to infrastructure and academic programs. The athletic fields at our two high schools have been long-neglected and are really at a point of critical mass. Have you been out to the fields lately? They are not only antiquated but also dangerous. The bleachers at El Camino have large holes in the floorboards, the seats themselves are cracking and the railings aren't sturdy. Academics will always be more important than athletics, but if we make all decisions based on that POV, the athletic fields will continue to be neglected and will NEVER be fixed. Since the athletic fields and sports are an integral part of the high school experience, we owe it to our children to fix this problem now. And then we can ignore it again for another 40 years.
Eric Jacobson November 08, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Hey Harry E. Smith how many School Board meeting have you attended? Have you read the Measure J voters text? If you have done either of these two things you would have all your questions answered. About 9 million out of 162 million is being spent on both Athletic Facilities. Have you ever sat in the bleachers at El Camino? Some of the floor boards and railings were put in when John F. Kennedy was in office. I guess you think the handicapped parents and grandparents of our student athletes should not be allowed to sit and watch their children for our bleachers do not comply with ADA standards.Do you realize that we have over 700 Physical Education students who participate on a field and track that have been unsafe for years. Before you make comments about the projects of Measure J do your homework, or go to a School Board Meeting. In fact there is one tonight at 7:00 in the SSF High School Library. I'll see you there Harry. Eric "Jake" Jacobson Physical Education Teacher since 1997, EC Football Coach for the last 23 seasons.


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