Danville Express

Newsfront - April 6, 2007

Trustees lose no time implementing Measure A

Schools throughout district are completing upgrades and new buildings

by Jordan M. Doronila

A slew of new school buildings will be completed this summer in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

Staff from the district facilities department gave an update last month to the board trustees on 16 school projects, funded by Measure A, and some of them are scheduled to be completed this summer.

Margaret Brown, assistant superintendent of facilities, said she credited the teamwork and cooperation of all departments involved for the dozens of new buildings in the school district.

"We couldn't do it without the support of school site staff and internal staff," Brown said. "Everybody has to perform. It's not just Facilities."

Monte Vista High School will have a new $12 million three-story building comprising a classroom, commons area, career technology center and a culinary arts facility completed by the fall. Venture School, which has kindergarten through 12th grade for independent study and home schooling, will have a new $4.2 million building on the corner of Bollinger Canyon and Albion Road in San Ramon.

Additionally, Vista Grande Elementary School will be completing its new multipurpose room building and office in May. Also, Diablo Vista Middle School's $5.2 million gym will open in August, and Rancho Romero Elementary School is receiving a $5.9 million modernization.

Other schools such as Dougherty Valley High School, Montevideo Elementary, Live Oak Elementary, Windemere Ranch Middle School and Cal High Career Tech will open next school year and will have new facilities. Live Oak and Windemere Ranch are developer-funded schools.

Measure A is a $260 million School Facilities Bond passed November 2002 authorizing the San Ramon Valley Unified School District to renovate, upgrade and expand the schools, providing safe, modern classrooms and relieving overcrowding at existing schools.

The district has already completed several modernization projects in John Baldwin and Greenbrook elementary schools. Also, it built a new parking lot that added 400 new spaces at Monte Vista High.

The district will complete Creekside Elementary School in an unincorporated area in the San Ramon Valley by 2009; a quad counseling and elective center at California High School will be finished by August 2008; and a new gym at San Ramon Valley High is scheduled for completion, also by August 2008.

"The dream of fixing all the schools happened before I came here," Brown told the school board. "You're taking the school board's vision and the oversight committee's vision and making it come to reality."

Contact Jordan M. Doronila at jdoronila@DanvilleWeekly.com

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