Monta Loma Elementary construction

2020-21 Construction Projects

(Funded by Measure T)

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Click here for a postcard describing Monta Loma's projects
Click here for a postcard describing Monta Loma's projects (Spanish/español)

Measure T, the $259 million bond issue passed in 2020, included plans for a variety of projects that will increase safety, efficiency and provide for short-term growth at our schools. 

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Perimeter Security
Perimeter security on our school campuses is important to ensure the safety of students and staff during school hours. Measure T projects initially included campus fencing here, however MVWSD is now working with the community and the City of Mountain View to explore a redesign of the field area so we are able better meet the needs of all stakeholders.

To review the summer field use pilot program, please click here.

To review the June 3 Monta Loma field presentation, click here.

To see a video recording of the June 3 Board of Trustees discussion about Monta Loma green space, click here

Perimeter Fencing Work Group
A Work Group was formed to make sure MVWSD has heard all of the considerations regarding shared use of Monta Loma's fields. This working group, composed of a total of 9 members; representatives of the community, school staff, parents, and City of Mountain View, met in the spring of 2021. The Work Group illuminated that there are multiple items that need to be addressed for the field to serve both the school and community. For historical information about the Work Group process, please see mvwsd.org/MLfence 

Initial Fencing Maps and Information

Original fencing map proposals

Monta Loma Community Meeting Fencing Presentation
Click here for perimeter fencing concerns and answers

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Click here for the notification postcard sent to neighbors in December (English)
Click here for the notification postcard (Spanish/Español)

HVAC
Our schools’ HVAC systems have been updated to include MERV-13 filters, which is the highest-grade filter available for our units, or air purifiers with filtration ratings at least as high as the MERV-13.   Additionally dampers on all of our units are open to full capacity and will pull in outside air.

Bipolar ionization, a new technology, is another safety measure MVWSD plans to add to its upgraded HVAC system. Bi-polar ionization installation was originally planned for 2021-2022. Due to it being new technology, first, we will test its efficacy and safety before full installation. The District will pilot a test of a Global Plasma Solutions (GPS) bi-polar ionization system and conduct an independent test of the air quality in a district classroom in comparison to a standard classroom. At the same time, we'll continue to research best practices to address not only COVID 19 but also maintain safe air quality in our schools during fire season. The results of the testing and the data from all solutions will be reported to the Board in August 2021.

Solar
Solar will be installed during summer 2022 since a portion of the arrays are going on the roof and will need DSA approval. Not only will these structures support solar panels to save the district $600,000 annually in electrical costs, they will provide much-needed shade. Some non-heritage trees will have to be removed to make way for the arrays, but MVWSD will replant two native trees for every one removed.

Lighting
New lights and/or bollard style light posts to illuminate pedestrians’ path of travel between campus and parking lots will be added. Need determined by photometric survey data, and plans were refined based on community input. This additional lighting is an important safety measure for staff members and guests using the campus in the evenings and winter late afternoons. Project start: Fall 2021.

Window Replacement
The District will replace existing, older single pane windows at Monta Loma in 2023. 

2017-18 Classroom Renovations, Kitchen, Roofing

(Funded by Measure G)

Summer 2019 
The school got a new sign in the front. This sign, paid for with Measure G funds, will include accurate school and district names. Funding for construction and capital improvements, like school signs, come from restricted funds that can be used only for that purpose. The District used an innovative approach to piggyback on existing, competitive local government contracts to lower the sign cost and expedite installation.

Completed

• Expansion of Multi-Use Room
• Classrooms modernization
• Kitchen renovations
• Roofing and renovation of the staff and office areas was completed
Timing: June 2017- August 2018

The expansion of the MUR, including improvements to food service and increased storage capacity, allows for 225 students to eat or 450 students to attend assemblies at one time. 

In summer 2018, crews demolished two pods, remodeled student restrooms, added two portable buildings, and installed a new fire loop.

Classrooms were modernized with technology upgrades, new teaching walls, and fire alarm replacements. All classrooms received new paint, floor tiles, and/or carpeting. Sliding glass doors were replaced with a wall of windows. Some restrooms were upgraded to improve accessibility. The parking lots and student drop off zone also were improved, including an expanded bus loop.

The District has worked very hard over the years to do the work, funded by Measure G, to make facilities improvements and renovations at every school a reality. The results will be amazing. There will be new and updated classrooms, libraries and MURs. However, construction requires extra accommodations. With construction comes frustrations and inconveniences. We appreciate your support and understanding as we take one step closer to improving each of our schools for our students, staff and community.

Click here for the summer construction postcard update, May 12, 2017 (en español)

What each phase will look like (click to enlarge)


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