Thornton Middle School Conversion
February 24, 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.
Construction is scheduled to finish in August 2023. Until the project is successfully completed, FUSD will send regular updates to the Thornton community to share recent progress, work scheduled for the coming weeks, and an overall summary of project milestones.
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 concrete slab was poured and steel was erected, and now first floor exterior panels and framing is underway.
In the coming weeks installation of second floor exterior panels and joists will begin.
Drive Lane, Traffic Loop & Trash Enclosure
While work along the traffic path, trash enclosure and parking lot/traffic loops along the south side of the campus will be ongoing through the summer, work will soon progress to a point where heavier traffic can utilize those areas.
In the coming weeks, the area to drop off and pick up 8th grade students will shift to the new traffic loop while the existing lot is inaccessible. Drivers will use the same driveway, then continue along to use the new loop. More information will be shared as available.
Modernizations of Existing Facilities
In recent weeks exterior plaster work was completed on Buildings 3-7, and temporary walls/barriers began coming down.
In the coming weeks, drywall will begin going up in modernized buildings, and exterior colored plastering 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