District buys $4.7 million permanent headquarters

After nine years in its “temporary” offices — a former sewing shop and some storefronts — the San Mateo-Foster City School District is moving its headquarters to new, permanent digs in Foster City.

The district bought its new 33,000-square-foot home at 1170 Chess Drive with $4.7 million in renegotiated bond funds that were set aside while district officials conducted a multiyear search, according to chief business official Michela Ochoa. District offices will close at 51 West 41st Ave. on Thursday, and reopen at their new location Jan. 8, 2007.

The move will save the K-8 district roughly $300,000 per year in rent money, Ochoa said.

“We’ve had some departments in our main building, some in storefronts, and the child nutrition and instructional materials departments at Fiesta Gardens School,” Assistant Superintendent Joan Rosas said. “It’s an opportunity for our offices to be together and work more efficiently.”

The district oversees 10,000 students in 20 schools. Approximately 80 district staff will be moved to the Foster City offices, according to Rosas.

The district was previously based at Beresford Elementary, but moved into rented offices when that school was reopened.

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