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San Mateo-Foster City School District Opens Bids for the Construction of a New School in Foster City 

May 13, 2019

Foster City - San Mateo-Foster City School District officials took another step forward this week in the journey to building a new elementary school in Foster City on the site of the former Charter Square Shopping Center.  District officials, through public contracting code, opened bids for the construction of the new school on Friday, May 10.  There were two bidders who responded to the publicly advertised prequalification and bidding announcement, which began earlier this spring. 

The bids will be evaluated according to State law based on their responsiveness to the details in the District’s request for bids and considered in light of the District’s available resources to fund the project.  It is anticipated that the District’s Board of Trustees will consider the award of bid for the project at either its June 6 or June 20 meeting. 

If the bid is awarded, construction is expected to start in July 2019 and be finished within eighteen months, weather-dependent.  The new school has been planned for 420-600 students in grades K-5.  The initial construction will be for 420 students with 16 classrooms, a multipurpose room, library and media center, room for the District’s before and after school Annex Program, and an administration building.  The school and its exterior features have been designed with broad community input over the last three years to fit with the surrounding neighborhood.  The design, which has been approved by the California Division of State Architect, includes an additional wing of classrooms which can be built at a later time to accommodate further increases in student enrollment in Foster City.

Superintendent Rosas expressed her appreciation, “For all who have worked so hard in a challenging construction environment to provide a school for our students including City of Foster City Officials and staff, the various State agencies involved in the review and approval processes, staff and parents who were members of the Design Committee, Foster City residents who attended one of the 13 Community Meetings held about the project, HMC Architects,  the owners of the Charter Square property, District staff and the Board of Trustees.”  She also extended thanks once again to the voters of San Mateo and Foster City who supported Bond Measures X and L, which are providing funding for the new school.  

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The San Mateo-Foster City School District operates 20 schools serving over 12,500 students from preschool through 8th grade.  For more information on our District, please visit the District website at, and follow us on social media - Twitter @SMFCSD, Facebook @SanMateoFosterCitySD and Instagram @smfcsd.