Fencing Construction Update & More from Superintendent Hansen
I want to tell you about a few of the many construction projects under way in Ocean View.
Safety Fencing: Phase I
As you know, our voters passed a $169 million General Obligation Bond in 2016. Providing safe, secure campuses was a key campaign promise. This month, we started the installation of Phase I of safety fencing at seven schools: Westmont, Village, Circle, Golden, Lake, Hope, and Harbour. When we return to school in September, all of these campuses will be fully enclosed with one secure entrance to the school site during school hours. School office staff will more easily be able to monitor visitors to our campuses and decrease the potential for unwanted intruders.
Having one point of entry to our schools will be a major shift in behaviors and practices in Ocean View. We have assembled a committee of staff, parents and community representatives to establish security protocols related to gates and access to our campuses, both during and after school hours. We are developing best practices for check-in and check-out, gate closure and opening, weekend access for organized sports and community use, and related topics. Our goal is to establish clear, consistent safety protocols across the District, and then communicate them to all of our stakeholders.
Westmont Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA) Academy
Westmont VAPA Academy is undergoing a beautiful transformation and will open in September 2019. The project includes: improved security measures; more parking; modernized classrooms, multi-purpose room and front office; new shade structure; and updated outdoor space. Classrooms have new, large one-way windows, adjoining glass partitions, new cabinetry, cutting-edge insulation, and improved heating and air-conditioning systems. The bright new colors are vibrant!
Oak View Gymnasium
This summer, Oak View Elementary School opens its new gymnasium. Funding for the gym construction came primarily from Ocean View’s settlement with Republic Services (formerly Rainbow Environmental Services). The gym has an enclosed play area, adjacent lunch shelter and a beautiful new courtyard. It will provide students, families and members of the community with a fantastic new venue.
Looking Ahead: College View Modernization & New District Central Kitchen
Our next Measure R project is College View Elementary School, with modernization occurring during the 2019-2020 school year. Modernization will include security features, modernized classrooms and front office, new bus drop-off area, expanded library, interior hallways, HVAC, and more.
Finally, we are breaking ground on a new central kitchen, a much-needed facility in Ocean View. It will be located on Warner Avenue, adjacent to our Warehouse and Transportation buildings (near Lowe’s). The Food & Nutrition Services team is excited to prepare and serve thousands of fresh, healthy meals to our students from a modern kitchen. We anticipate completion of the kitchen in August 2019.
If you need more information about our modernization and construction projects, please check out our website at www.ovsd.org/MeasureR or under Facilities Department.
Carol Hansen, Ed.D.
Superintendent's Messages 2017-2018
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“It is relationships, not programs, that change children.”
- Bill Milliken, Founder, Communities in Schools
Safety Strategies in Our Schools
Dear OVSD Parents/Guardians,
As you are aware, school and student safety are a top priority for the Ocean View School District.
In addition to practicing fire and earthquake drills, our school staff is trained in “Run, Hide, Fight” preparation strategies to address intruders on our campuses. Our teachers share with students, in an age- and grade- appropriate manner, steps to take to protect themselves, including strategies for hiding in place in the classroom and where to run, if necessary.
We are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students in the Ocean View School District, and we will continue to make student and staff safety our number one priority.
Carol Hansen, Ed.D.