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                 Measure M Fact Sheet


The John Swett Unified School District has two essential facilities needs that the District has identified as critical to the education, health, and well-being of its students.  These two needs are the rebuilding of Carquinez Middle School, and completion of the renovation of John Swett High School.  The following is an explanation of the needs.

·         Measure M is a $52 Million School Facilities Bond ($40 million to rebuild Carquinez MS on the current property in Crockett, and $12 million to complete the renovation of John Swett HS).

·         The money can only be used for the expressed purposes of facilities projects at Carquinez MS and John Swett HS as outlined in the bond language.  No funds can be spent on administrative salaries.

·         After completion of a series of inspections and tests, in the fall of 2013 the structural engineering firm of Holmes Culley issued a report citing significant concerns as to the “seismic deficiencies” of the Carquinez MS facility in the event of a major earthquake.  The report is available to the public on the JSUSD website under Community Relations/Resources, Carquinez Facility Information 2013-14, Holmes Culley Structural.

·         In the early spring of 2014 the architectural firm of Quattrocchi Kwok was retained to complete a feasibility study, including a cost analysis of a renovation of the CMS facility (meeting DSA, ADA and CDE requirements and guidelines*) as well as a cost estimate to rebuild a new CMS facility on the existing property in Crockett. 

·         The cost estimate to renovate the existing CMS facility as outlined above came in at $45 million.  There is no $12-15 million solution that accomplishes the aforementioned requirements and guidelines, or addresses additional concerns including traffic flow and a modern learning environment for the District’s middle school students. 

·         The estimate to rebuild a new facility on the same property, including a competition gymnasium to be utilized by both CMS and JSHS, came in at $40 million.  The Quattrocchi Kwok Feasibility Report and conceptual design are also available on the JSUSD website under Community Relations/Resources, Carquinez Facility Information 2013-14, CMS Feasibility Study.

·         In March of 2014 the JSUSD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to put Measure M on the ballot for November 4, 2014.

·         If passed, Measure M would increase property taxes $59 per $100,000 of assessed property value.

* DSA:  California Division of State Architecture

ADA:  Americans with Disabilities Act

CDE:  California Department of Education

Daily Announcements

End of 1st Quarter

October 31st

Minimum Day 1:15


9:05-3:05     9/10 Intervention Hoy

9:30-1:00     Willow Class Nelso

The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month the Intervention class is dismissed at 2:10 p.m. 

Welcome  to the Willow Alternative Education Campus Website.  We are very excited to kick off the 2014-15 school year on August 26th.  I am honored and thrilled to lead this school and be part of this extraordinary community.  Most importantly, I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as a role model/mentor to our students and have a positive impact on their lives. 

Willow High School  offers a variety of educational programs designed to meet the needs of our students.

  • The Willow Continuation High School program is for 11th and 12th grade students with an emphasis on credit recovery and graduation from Willow High School (190 credits).
  • The Willow Intervention program is designed for 9th and 10th grade students with an emphasis on preparing them to return to and graduate from John Swett High School (220 credits).
  • The Community Based Instruction program prepares special needs students ages 18-22 life skills and experiences that prepares them for the real world by living independently and becoming a productive member of the community.
  • The Independent Study/Home Hospital program is a voluntary program.  In Independent Study, the student assumes the primary responsibility for his/her education.  Students accepted into Independent Study are required to meet with the assigned teacher for a minimum of one hour per week.  All students are on an individualized contract stipulating the academic work that is expected for each semester.

I have spent the past 18 years working in a variety of educational settings gaining teaching and leadership experience in K-12 education.  I spent the first part of my career as a high school Social Science teacher at Granada High School in Livermore, CA.  I then moved on to begin my administration career at California High School in San Ramon, CA where I was an Assistant Principal.  I then spent the next 4 years as the Principal of Hidden Hills Elementary School, also located in San Ramon.  I currently live close by in Martinez with my wife Tamee and my 11 year old identical twin boys, Jake and Luke.  I believe my vast educational and life experiences have prepared me to take Willow High School to the next level by bringing a caring and supportive approach to help students become successful in the 21st century world. 

I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to Willow High School and to work with you as a partner in education to insure your child's success.  I am looking forward to meeting all of the students to find out what motivates them to succeed.

I feel that my responsibility as the Principal is to make sure all students know that we care, will challenge them, and that they receive a quality education within a safe, respectful environment.  The entire staff at Willow Alternative Education Campus shares this same passion.

I am a firm believer in the home/school/community connection.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or just to introduce yourself.  As Principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input.  Working together only enhances your child's educational experiences.


Ken Nelson


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