Beginning of the construction of school buildings in the Portola Valley | New
On a blustery June day, community members from the Portola Valley School District gathered at the city’s two public schools to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremonies for the $ 49.5 million bond measure project of the district.
Last week, new construction funded by the Z measure started in the schools of Ormondale and Corte Madera. Former Superintendent Eric Hartwig, who led the district when the measure was passed in 2018, spoke at the ceremony and said it was gratifying to see the project come to fruition. He gave sales manager Connie Ngo a framed pipe that had leaked into the Corte Madera multipurpose room as a lucky charm.
Corte Madera principal Kristin Shima, who is finishing her first year at the helm of the school, said at a groundbreaking ceremony on June 7 that she was delighted to celebrate the occasion in person after more than ‘one year of accommodation on site.
“I am delighted that we are focusing on rebuilding these innovation rooms: our art rooms, our STEM labs, our science buildings, our outdoor learning spaces,” she told members. from the community. “To get back to hands-on learning for our students, especially after this year where our kids were really forced to learn online and on Zoom.”
Shima asked spectators to pause and take in the scenery of the Portola Valley.
“The (building) plans really ask us to open up this space, so that we can really lift our eyes and look out,” she said.
Ormondale, which serves students from transition kindergarten to grade three, will benefit from a new entrance, courtyard and patio makerspace, according to a June 10 note from Superintendent Roberta Zarea in the newsletter of city information. Ormondale will have a sensory garden, including plants for play therapy, interactive play spaces, outdoor seating and a new greenhouse, she wrote.
Corte Madera, which serves grades four to eight, will gain a new atrium with views of Windy Hill, a new grade four and five classroom that overlooks Frog Pond, an amphitheater, new landscaping and new seating for lunch, she said.
“Over the past three years, we have come together as parents, neighbors, district staff, school board members and our construction planning partners to design campus improvements that will continue the legacy of PVSD consisting of to respect the unique beauty of our city while modernizing our schools and providing the 21st century classroom environments in which today’s learners thrive, ”she said.
Demolition began at both schools on June 14. In Corte Madera, the main access to the construction areas will be through the main site entrance until the access road from Alpine Road is completed. Temporary fences around the main car park will be put in place.
In Ormondale, access to construction will be through the circular staff parking area off Shawnee Pass. Construction fence areas will be installed on sidewalks along the Iroquois Trail to improve accessibility. The summer school takes place on the other half of the campus, opposite the construction zone, until July 9.
The students left for summer vacation after completing classes on Wednesday June 9. The 2021-22 school year begins on August 26.