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School board says no to designing new middle school

The Fremont school board declined to spend roughly $10.6 million to help design a new middle school on a piece of property it owns along Fremont Boulevard.

As a result, the Fremont Unified School District Board of Education passed on a chance to obtain millions of dollars from state Proposition 51 to help build a new school there.

Following a lengthy discussion at its Sept. 27 meeting, the board voted 3-2 to essentially do nothing for now with the 33-acre land at 35068 Fremont Blvd., commonly referred to as the “horse property” because horses are stabled there.

Board Vice President Yang Shao and trustees Desrie Campbell and Larry Sweeney voted to refrain from spending any money on the property; board President Ann Crosbie and Trustee Michele Berke dissented.

The location of the property is marked with a pin on the embedded map below.

The school district bought the property in 2015 for about $55 million, and although no specific plan has yet been drawn up for it, the board has…

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