August is shaping up to be an eventful month for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, with the recent announcement that its two largest Measure D funded facility projects will be officially ushered in with special ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
Starting this Thursday (Aug. 8), San Ramon Valley High School’s new $64 million building will officially open after a special ribbon cutting ceremony residents are welcome to attend, then on Aug. 22 SRVUSD residents are invited to Stone Valley Middle School for the grand opening of its new $37.5 million classroom and multi-purpose room facilities.
A project three years in the making, the San Ramon Valley High School modernization project consists of 52 new classrooms in a three-story building that will include modern science labs, administrative offices, art studios and special education services.
“Students and teachers have been housed in portable classroom buildings since 2016 while the building was under construction,” said SRVUSD spokesperson Elizabeth Graswich. “The project includes a partnership with the town of Danville to expand the parking to get student commuters into the school’s parking lot and provide additional spaces for the town’s use outside of school hours. This is the largest project in the voter-approved Measure D facilities bond passed in 2012.”
The new building covers 105,000 square feet and was installed to replace replace 45 single-story class spaces with outdated facilities.
Later in the month the community will celebrate the unveiling of Stone Valley Middle School’s highly anticipated facilities upgrades, which consist of a new two-story 29 classroom school building, multipurpose room and central quad area for the 600 or so students to congregate.
“The classroom project includes additional classrooms, upgrading and modernizing existing facilities, reinforcing security, earthquake and fire systems and updating technology infrastructure to support 21st century teaching and learning,” Graswich said.
The project has faced significant delays in production since construction began in January 2016, which district staff credit to the project’s former contractor. Since terminating its contract with the former contractor however, work has continued and the project is set to be ready for teachers to move in this month.
Both projects are funded by Measure D, a $260 million school facilities bond passed by district voters in November 2012. District staff have been holding preliminary discussions over the possibility of a future bond, and are expected to present the Board of Education with information on various options in the fall.
The San Ramon Valley High School ribbon-cutting ceremony is set to be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at the new building, 501 Danville Blvd, Danville, Stone Valley Middle School’s ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held later in the month 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at 3001 Miranda Ave., Alamo.