It was nearly one year ago that the Milpitas community passed Measure E in support of our students. We are pleased to share that we have six major projects under construction in the summer of 2013. We have broken ground on a new multi-purpose building at Pomeroy and construction has begun. Five of our schools will undergo significant modernization this summer: Rancho, Burnett, Randall, Spangler, and Weller. The projected budget of the summer work is $15 Million and overall, the bids have come in under budget. We made a commitment to our community to put these resources into use as soon as possible, and we are saving money by moving fast. When we reopen school on August 19th, five of our campuses will be modernized and new 21st Century learning centers will be created for our students and staff.
Milpitas Unified schools continue to collect awards and recognition. In the recent San Jose Mercury News article about middle schools, Rancho and Russell Middle Schools defy the trend and outperform many of their counterparts in other districts. The similar schools ranking compares schools of similar diversity and socioeconomic status. Russell Middle School scored a 9-10 and Rancho a 9-9. The second digit means that Russell ranks in the top 10% of their similar schools group and Rancho in the top 20% of their similar schools group. On a related note, three of our district schools were recently recognized as California Distinguished Schools – Milpitas High, Rancho Middle School, and Burnett Elementary. The rise of Milpitas Unified continues!
Over the summer of 2013, we will be working hard on many fronts. Facilities will be upgraded, our technology continues to improve, teachers will be working on instructional design, and plans for implementation of the Common Core State Standards are in motion. We appreciate the support and partnership of the community, and we look forward to the continuing success of our students and schools.