Wieckowski urgency bill for new Fremont school signed by Governor

SB 178 authorizes transfer of Centerville Community Park property to help address student overcrowding

October 3, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to help Fremont address school overcrowding issues by developing an elementary school near downtown was signed by Governor Brown today.

SB 178, supported by both the city of Fremont and the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD), expedites the transfer of 4.6 acres of undeveloped land at Centerville Community Park from the city to the district.  The bill will lead to a new joint use park on the remaining portion of the Centerville property and another new 4-acre park nearby on Dusterberry Way and Peralta Boulevard.

“The schools are overcrowded and a new campus will help alleviate the situation in this area,” Wieckowski said.  “This property transfer provides space for a new school and results in more parks for local residents.  I’m pleased the Governor signed the bill. The collaboration among all parties will increase recreational opportunities in the neighborhoods and provide a better educational environment for students.”

Due to overcrowding in the schools, some students are put on waiting lists at their home school and must attend another school within their attendance area if space is available.  If all the schools in their attendance area are already overloaded, they are moved to the next closest school. Parents are notified once space becomes available in their home school.

“SB 178 is a wonderful example of legislation that benefits all parties involved,” FUSD Superintendent Dr. Kim Wallace said. “Our students and staff will benefit from a new elementary school that will provide space and resources to help bring relief to our crowded schools.  The Fremont community will benefit as valuable parkland will be preserved and maintained for the enjoyment of all; and the City of Fremont will benefit as the combination of high-performing school and abundant parklands will enhance the city’s reputation as a great place to live. Our thanks to Senator Wieckowski for his continued support of our students and community.”

“The initiative to transfer city-owned land to the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) for a new elementary school and joint-use park is just one of the many ways that the city of Fremont has continued to drive creative solutions that address FUSD’s vital need for new schools,” Fremont City Manager Fred Diaz said. “This project will not only ensure that future residents living in the central Fremont area will have a school to send their children, but will also add developed park land and a space for our community to enjoy.”

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes southern Alameda County and parts of Santa Clara County.