June 28, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:      

Mark Eliot
TUSD, Director of Communications
(714) 730-7339

TUSD Moves Forward on Measure G Work at Foothill High


The Tustin Unified School District Measure G modernization program is moving ahead this summer with renovation work at Foothill High School. Measure G is the District’s $80 million bond, passed in November 2002, to repair and renovate the 20 oldest schools.

The Foothill modernization project will include infrastructure changes to support future buildings; upgrading data/communications and existing electrical systems; installing sewer, water and storm drains; and rebuilding a new quad area. Cost of the project is approximately $6 million and construction is expected to be completed by this fall.


Quad Rendering #1

“We have taken steps to contain all work on-site and will attempt to minimize the level the public is inconvenienced by the construction activity,” Superintendent Richard Bray said.


Quad Rendering #2

“Also, there will be some additional vehicles parked around the school during weekdays. As a good neighbor, however, we want to keep individuals abreast of this program, and welcome any questions or comments they may have,” Bray said.

During the past four years of the Measure G program, TUSD has been involved in the largest repair and renovation project in the District’s history. Eighteen school sites had nearly $55 million of work completed in the modernization program. The renovations focused on life safety, building integrity and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.

The first phase of Measure G work was completed at 12 school sites – Arroyo, Beswick, Estock, Guin Foss, Lambert, Loma Vista, Nelson, Thorman and Veeh elementary schools; Hewes Middle School; and Foothill and Tustin high schools. The second phase of work was completed at six school sites – Benson, Heideman and Tustin Memorial Academy elementary schools; and Columbus Tustin, Currie and Utt middle schools. The work included modifications to parking areas, playground areas, landscaping, lighting, fire hydrants, fire alarms, bathrooms, drinking fountains and other renovation projects.

The Foothill modernization project is part of the school’s Master Plan, which was approved by the TUSD Board of Education last year. The plan serves as a guide or blueprint for future development of the campus – modernization of existing facilities and site improvements.

Foothill High opened in 1963 and encompasses 37 acres. The school’s master facility plan will go through several design phases and need approval from the Department of State Architects.

Future projects, depending on funds available, will include adding a two-story science building for computer and science labs, constructing an aquatics complex—enlarging the pool and adding pool rooms, and building a two-story multi-purpose room/gymnasium.

For more information, visit the Measure G Citizens’ Oversight Committee website at www.TUSDMeasureG.org or call the TUSD Communications Office at (714) 730-7339.