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Superintendent's Update - JUNE 2019

Dr. Joan Rosas, Superintendent

Dear San Mateo–Foster City Community,

As our school year comes to an end, I'd like to thank our staff and families for another exciting and productive year!

New Elementary School in Foster City
I am very pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees of the San Mateo-Foster City School District awarded a bid for the construction of a new elementary school in Foster City.  The successful bidder was Overaa, a large California construction firm with headquarters in the Bay Area, which specializes in public construction projects including schools.  Overaa submitted the lowest, most responsible and responsive base bid of $29.998 million, which pursuant to California law, resulted in it being the successful bidder.

After title to the property is transferred to the District by Westlake Urban, contract documents will be finalized and construction of the school is projected to start in July with anticipated completion in early 2021.  Like any construction project, the completion date is weather-dependent.

The base bid is for a school of approximately 425, K-5 students and includes 17 classrooms, including a classroom for the District's before and after school fee-based program, a multipurpose room, library/media center, administration building, and smaller rooms for support services.  The total square footage included in the base bid is 36,510. 

Please accept my sincere appreciation of the Board and the community for your ongoing support to reach this important point after many years of seeking a fourth elementary school in Foster City to provide classrooms and support facilities for increased enrollments.

New Principals
We are pleased to welcome the following new principals beginning in the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Jeremy Packman to Abbott Middle School
  • Chad Slife to LEAD Elementary School
  • Nima Tahai to Parkside Elementary School

We look forward to having them on our team.

Wishing you all a wonderful and relaxing summer break!

Joan Rosas, Ed.D.