Monte Vista High School students now have new technology tools and a more modern meeting place. Students, staff and community members celebrated the grand opening of the Workday student center on Oct. 29.
The new, two-story facility incorporates an expanded library and career center with student union-type space, upstairs classrooms and meeting spaces. The 18,000 square foot facility also has a cafĂ©.
Monte Vista included students from various athletic, science and social groups in the library design process.
"We always want to keep student input," Assistant Principal JP Ballou told the Express last year. "Some will help with the engineering phase, some with construction management to find out what's involvedÂ…we're trying to link school to career as much as possible."
The library at Monte Vista hadn't been upgraded since the school opened in 1965, although libraries at every other school have seen renovations, according to Terry Koehne, school district spokesman.
Funding for the new library was courtesy of a donation from a dot-com multimillionaire-cum philanthropist.
Dave Duffield, founder of PeopleSoft and Workday and his wife, Cheryl gave San Ramon Valley Unified $281,000 in December 2010 for technology upgrades and new furnishings at the MVHS library. The money will also pay for laptops and iPads for students, along with videoconferencing in the library.
The money will also help pay for staff and give students extra time to use the library.
The Duffields have three daughters who attend or have graduated from Monte Vista --Kelsey, Mary and Emily.