Throughout the construction process, as always, we are committed to student safety and minimizing disruptions during the school day. Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to provide the best possible learning environment for our students, while also renewing the Latimer campus for a timely opening next year. In an effort to keep families and community members up to date on this work, we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions and answers.
Why is there a need for construction at Latimer?
Construction is scheduled to complete a new middle school building, a locker room, and a renovated music building to provide classroom space to accommodate the student population growth we experienced over the last few years.
When will construction be completed?
The new and renovated buildings are scheduled to be completed in the Winter of 2017.
How is this project being funded?
This Latimer Renovation project is funded with the Moreland School District’s Measure K Bond fund. An independent group of community members make up the Measure K Bond Oversight Committee to provide oversight for all projects funded by this community-voted bond. The District is proud to report that the Measure K audit report, presented to the Board of Trustees at the May 9, 2017 Board Meeting, resulted in no findings.
How many classrooms are in the new middle school building?
The new middle school building will have 6 classrooms, a middle school science lab, and a makerspace, designed for students to come together and work collaboratively in a shared environment.
What are the hours of construction?
In the city of San Jose, construction typically takes place from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm. Section 20.100.450 of the San Jose Municipal Code does not allow the use of construction equipment between the hours of 7:00 pm and 7:00 am.
What steps are you taking to minimize excessive construction noise?
There will be some construction noise during the day. Whenever possible, the District will schedule noisier projects on Early Release days and when school is not in session. With a goal of minimizing disruptions, the District will work closely with Latimer during critical periods while still trying to adhere to the construction timeline.
Will there be a lot of dust in school buildings?
Most site work will happen outside of existing school buildings, so we are expecting dust inside buildings to be minimal. The locker room and music room modernization will happen over the summer when students are not present and will be contained inside the affected buildings. We respond to all air quality concerns by monitoring building ventilation, performing air quality checks, and bringing in additional particle-control equipment when needed.
What safety procedures will be in place?
Safety is always a top priority for the Moreland School DIstrict. Our process includes the following:
Will construction workers be inside school buildings?
Construction workers will be working almost exclusively within construction zones that are strictly off-limits to school staff and students. Yet there may be times when they will need access to the school building. As with all visitors, workers are required to check in at the school office. In addition, workers are required to wear identification at all times and not communicate with students.
If I am concerned or have questions, where should I go?
As with all school-related questions, we encourage the community to talk with the principal first. Principal Nancy Cisler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.874.3601.