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Groundbreaking ceremony ushers in Stone Valley Middle School construction

$37.5 million campus modernization expected to be ready for 2017-18 year

The Stone Valley Middle School community gathered Thursday to recognize a pivotal turning point for the Alamo campus: the start of construction to transform it into a contemporary educational facility.

School and elected officials were on hand to ceremonially turn the first shovels of dirt in the construction zone where crews will construct a two-story classroom building, a new multipurpose room and a central quad area for the middle school serving about 600 students on Miranda Avenue.

"This is a community that deserves the best, and thanks to the collaborative efforts of San Ramon Valley Unified School District and our community, our students will have a beautiful, innovative and 21st-century learning environment," Stone Valley principal Jon Campopiano said in a statement.

"The Stone Valley Middle School campus will ensure that all students will have the facilities, technology and support they need to be successful," the first-year principal added. "Thank you to all who made this happen. Go Pride."

Funded through the Measure D local school facilities bond, the estimated $37.5 million construction project aims to replace decades-old single-story classrooms with a new L-shaped, two-story building. The design also features a new multipurpose building and a 39,300-square-foot outdoor quad, as well as maintains seven outdoor basketball courts and upgrades sewer and drainage.

School district officials hope the modernized facility will be completed and ready to open in time for the start of the 2017-18 school year.

"This is a much-needed project that will completely transform the learning environment for Stone Valley Middle School students, teachers and staff," SRVUSD superintendent Mary Shelton said. "We are grateful that our voters supported this project through the passage of the Measure D facilities bond."

Sausal Corp. construction crews demolished the aging Stone Valley buildings beginning in March. Some of the old classrooms dated back to the 1950s when the campus opened as a kindergarten to eighth-grade facility.

Students and teachers are being housed in 24 temporary buildings on the southwest side of the nearly 10-acre school site throughout construction -- 22 portables being used as classrooms and two turned into the short-term library.

Stone Valley's gym and administrative building will remain intact, as will the old multipurpose room, set to be converted into a new library, along with offices and other spaces.

San Ramon Valley school board president Greg Marvel and Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen joined Shelton and Campopiano to turn dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday. Students, school staff, parents and Alamo community members were also on hand for the event.

Located at 3001 Miranda Ave., Stone Valley is between one-third and one-half the size of most other district middle schools.

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