Taking Measures Into Our Own Hands

AHS promotes #saveFUSDschools to improve facilities

Megumi Kamikawa

Staff Writer

Throughout the years, the conditions of high school facilities within the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) have gradually worsened. Recently, the district has been promoting the concept of submitting photos of areas needing improvement within school facilities by using the #saveFUSDschools through social media sites.

The hashtag was created in hopes to bring about awareness for the district’s concept of Measure E, which is a plan to raise funds for the facilities over the summer. If passed during the district’s June 3, 2014 election, Measure E will issue a bond measure and raise the property tax on Fremont homes to pay for a $650 million project the district has drawn up.

“The superintendent wanted to think about different ways we could bring awareness to Measure E on the ballot, and we thought that instead of just straight up publicizing about it, we could bring more attention through images,” ASB President Rosemond Ho (12) said. “With images, people won’t have to spend much time on the page before they catch on to the benefits of Measure E and the importance of bringing it in.”

Images such as this water leak in Room 503 are ideal submissions when paired with the hashtag on Facebook or Twitter. Several students throughout the district have submitted such images to spread awareness of their schools’ crumbling structures. “I think the hashtag makes it easier to post pictures due to the range of social media outlets available,” Babaei said. “We’re trying to reach a large audience, and the hashtag was and is definitely the way to go!”
Images such as this water leak in Room 503 are ideal submissions when paired with the hashtag on Facebook or Twitter. Several students throughout the district have submitted such images to spread awareness of their schools’ crumbling structures. “I think the hashtag makes it easier to post pictures due to the range of social media outlets available,” Babaei said. “We’re trying to reach a large audience, and the hashtag was and is definitely the way to go!”

Because Measure E can affect the entirety of the FUSD, the hashtag encourages students to address and contribute ideas of remodeling in the future. Junior Narvan Babaei of Irvington High School submitted a couple images through Twitter, including that of a “random wire coming out of the ceiling” in a classroom.

“There are lots of unsafe asbestos and electrical problems like these around Irvington’s campus,” Babaei said. “As a member of the SURFBoardE, which is administering the event, I wanted to bring attention to what needs to be fixed at Irvington.”

All members within the district are encouraged to send in images through the hashtag. Word-based suggestions are also acceptable, although the side-by-side image and description would likely prove to be a more effective form of emphasizing areas of improvement.

“Having students post about the off-things at their school is important because they know their school the best,” Ho said. “On that note, we do recognize and greatly appreciate the valuable hard work and effort that FUSD’s maintenance provides the schools and also understand how they’ve overcome obstacles  in budget cuts to still provide FUSD with their services!”

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