Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary

Background
On June 16, 2016, the Board authorized initiation of the design process for the new school. The Board voted in 2015 to open it as a neighborhood school in fall of 2019.  Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary was completed in 2019, and houses kindergarten through fourth grade beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, and will add fifth grade in 2020-21. The financing for this new campus is supported by revenue the District earns from property that it leases.

The school is named for Jose Antonio Vargas, a former Mountain View resident and a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who is also an immigration rights activist.

The school's mascot is the Golden Owls.

Who attends? 
Capacity and grade levels: 450 students in kinder-fifth grades in 2020-21. Student attendance boundaries were determined as part of district-wide boundary revisions. Click here for more information.

Construction complete

The school is open.

Pictures from July 25, 2019
picture of Vargas MUR roompicture of the exterior Vargas
picture of Vargas classroom exteriorpicture of Vargas Office

Later this fall, there will be a new sign in the front. 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.

The school will have two play structures that will be used for each the kinders and grades 1-5. Additional playground equipment has been added to accommodate the needs of our students in grades 1-5.  The courtyard area and blacktop will provide sufficient additional space for students to use during recess, in addition to the field. Field construction will take place in Summer 2019 through December 2019.

Construction has begun on a new school, Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary, at 220 N. Whisman Road, next to the former site of Slater Elementary (currently leased to a daycare).  Building construction work began in October 2018. The school is scheduled for completion in August 2019. 

To learn more about Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary's boundaries, click here.

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Visuals

Click here for the Vargas Master Site Plan
Click here for Vargas Exterior Views

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School organization resources

Your questions have answers here, Nov. 19, 2018 (incluye español)
Vargas PTA job descriptions (incluye español)
Click here for the Nov. 8, 2018 organizational meeting presentation

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picture of N Whisman School groundbreaking invitation

The Board of Trustees held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new school on Thursday, April 26, 2018. 
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blue thought bubble with the word school
Community members, staff members and parents in spring 2018 shared their opinions about the important attributes and contributions of a potential person/namesake for this new school, as well as the traits of its new principal through a ThoughtExchange/online conversation. Click here to view the results of this online community conversation. (En español)

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For the informational postcard sent to the Slater neighborhood, click here (en español)



School design process/timeline
Residents and staff members met to give feedback concepts (see below)

Dec. 5, 2016____Community Meeting #1 at Board Room
Jan. 5, 2017____Board of Trustees review of concept
Jan. 9, 2017____Community Meeting #2, at 6:30 p.m., Theuerkauf Library
Feb. 2, 2017____Board of Trustees review of concept #2
Feb. 16, 2017___Board of Trustees consider approval of conceptual design

Construction timeline
Slater construction chart


Concepts
Preliminary concepts were discussed with participants in the Dec. 5, 2016 community meeting. The Board of Trustees gave final input on the conceptual designs on Feb. 2, 2017. District staff and architects refined modified concept 1C for approved by the Board at its Feb. 16, 2017 meeting. 

Google preschool program at existing Gladys Avenue campus will remain.

The District is talking with the City of Mountain View about traffic improvements to North Whisman Avenue
o Alignment of Slater campus entrance driveway with Pacific Drive
o New traffic signal at Pacific Drive
o Pedestrian crosswalks
o Bike lanes

Campus Facilities Features 
o Administration building (offices, meeting rooms, health center, support services, staff room, network equipment)
o Multi-Use building (Student Nutrition kitchen, student eating area, assembly space, stage)
o Library building
o Kinder complex including three (3) classrooms with restrooms and dedicated play yard
o Fifteen (15) general education classrooms in 2-story buildings
o Two (2) Flexible-Use classrooms
o Restrooms and storage spaces
o Paved play yard
o Age-appropriate play structures
o Synthetic turf play fields
o Parking lot
o Curb-side pick-up/drop-off lanes
o Bike cage
o Teaching gardens
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