Funds raised through the bond have supported student learning through technology upgrades and facility enhancements. Phase One began in Summer 2017 and was complete during the summer of 2020.
Specifically, the plan addressed the following:
- Repairing leaky roofs and faulty plumbing and electrical systems
- Improving heating and ventilation (HVAC) systems
- Enhancing student safety by updating security lighting, emergency communications, fire alarms, and sprinklers
- Upgrading classrooms, libraries and science labs
- Replacing deteriorating portables
- Adding new facilities and equipment to support instruction in math, science, engineering, arts, and technology
Keeping it Cool
We all know that the physical environment is an important element to learning- and we want to ensure our classrooms and learning spaces are comfortable for students and teachers alike. Our J1 bond dollars helped us install HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) units into every school across the district. This allows students to be comfortable even during the warmest and coldest days while improving air quality.
In addition, these new units helped improve efficiency and save valuable funds that directly support teaching and learning.
New & Improved
Across the district, our schools are undergoing much-needed repairs and renovations that are important to the teaching and learning environment and also will provide our students and teachers with cleaner, safer schools. From electrical upgrades, new furniture, flooring, and paint, our classrooms are becoming more modernized.
H20 on the Go
San Leandro High School, San Leandro High’s Korematsu Campus, Bancroft Middle School, and John Muir Middle School have had brand new hydration stations installed across their campuses. Students now have access to fresh, cold water for bottle refills or a drink from the fountain. Aside from quenching thirst, these handy stations are more environmental, convenient, and help promote healthy habits by encouraging water instead of sugary drinks.
Libraries for the 21st Century
It was time for a makeover! Every elementary and middle school library received a remodel to transform our spaces for better learning for our students. From fresh paint and new flooring to brand new furniture and layouts, our libraries encourage more exploration and collaboration in an ever-changing educational environment. By providing a space that incorporates better ways to gather, focus, and learn while accommodating modern tools and technology, our students are already benefiting from the improvements.
Better Environments for Learning
Using J1 Bond funding, we have replaced portable classrooms at many of our schools with new, permanent modular buildings. These new, energy efficient classrooms directly support teaching and learning by improving the educational environment for all students.
San Leandro Unified optimized the use of physical and technological applications to enhance safety and security throughout the district. New safety features are in place, such as fencing around schools, enhanced security systems, and other safety features for inside and outside campus perimeters. SLUSD has also worked with Alameda County Safe Routes to School to increase student safety for school traffic flows. With safety as a top priority for all of our schools, SLUSD is committed to providing a safe, secure environment for all students, staff, and the community.
Talking & Teaching in Tech
It’s no surprise that 21st-century learning demands that our schools and teachers keep up with the fast pace of technology in the digital age. Using Measure J1 money, we’ve installed interactive 70-inch touch panels into every classroom in every school. This state-of-the-art technology allows teachers to go beyond the traditional classroom experience by educating via a large tablet-like experience. Likewise, students are learning in a way that’s more engaging and interactive.
Other technology upgrades include the installation of 3D printers that are already in use at several schools, which enhances project-based learning and what students can learn and accomplish in maker spaces.
Independent performance and financial audits will be performed annually to ensure that the funds received from the sale of the bonds are expended as specified in the Measure. All bond expenditures will be monitored by an independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to ensure that the funds are spent as specified.