Thornton Middle School Conversion
March 10, 2023
Dear Thornton Community,
Fremont Unified School District thanks the Thornton staff, students, families, contractors and community members for their partnership in the work to transition the campus from a junior high serving grades 7-8 to a middle school serving grades 6-8.
Thank you to the Thornton PTSA for providing time for construction updates at this week’s meeting. The District’s Program Management Team, RGM Kramer, and Construction Manager, Sixth Dimension, attended.
For those who missed the meeting, the team confirmed that the conversion to a middle school is proceeding this fall. Modernized classrooms are expected to be completed in phases from the end of this school year through the end of summer break, and - barring any significant unforeseen conditions - completion of the new Admin/Library Building is anticipated in early August.
We thank Thornton's staff, students and community for their patience and flexibility as we get closer to the opening of our new and exciting facilities!
We look forward to welcoming 6th grade students to Thornton for the 2023-24 school year!
New Administration/Library Building
The new administration and library building is taking shape at the front and center of Thornton.
In recent weeks, the first floor framing and second floor joists were completed.
In the coming weeks, installation of second floor exterior wall panels and the electrical rough-in will begin.
Modernizations of Existing Facilities
In recent weeks, temporary walls have been removed and installation was completed on rooftop HVAC units and interior drywall.
In the coming weeks, interior ceiling repairs and exterior/interior painting will begin.
Thornton Middle School Conversion Project Overview
Construction began at Thornton in 2020 with a scope that includes: construction of five classroom/lab buildings, construction of administration and library buildings, modernization of existing buildings, and various site improvements.
Construction is scheduled for completion in August 2023.
Thank You for Your Support
Our community generously supported the $650 million Measure E Bond in 2014 to build and improve facilities.
The scope of the bond work includes upgrading and repairing neighborhood schools by updating technology and aging classrooms; upgrading electrical wiring to current safety codes; fixing or replacing leaky roofs, aging plumbing and restrooms; removing asbestos; and repairing, constructing and acquiring equipment, classrooms, sites and facilities.
FUSD Middle School Conversion Timeline
Fall 2019: Walters Middle School welcomed 6th grade students
Fall 2020: Horner Middle School welcomed 6th grade students during distance learning
Fall 2021: Horner 6th-8th grade students returned to campus, Hopkins 7th-8th grade students moved to Bringhurst campus while Hopkins was under construction
Fall 2022: Hopkins Junior High campus reopened for 7th-8th grade students
Spring 2023: Information meetings will be held for staff, students and families moving
to Centerville, Hopkins or Thornton for the 2023-2024 school year
Fall 2023: Centerville, Hopkins and Thornton middle schools will welcome 6th grade students