About a year from now, construction on two impressive Richmond school developments is slated to be completed following years of planning and tens of millions of dollars in investments, according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District Reporter, a district newsletter publication.
Below are summaries and images of both developments expected to wrap up in August of next year:
1. Samuel Gompers Continuation High School and Leadership Public Schools-Richmond (LPS)
The two schools, Gompers and LPS, are expected to move into a shared, “high-performance” campus in Richmond shortly after the completion of construction.
The project will create two separate, seismically sound and modern high school campuses on a 3.1-acre site bounded by Bissell and Chanslor avenues and 8th and 9th streets.
Gompers, which will have its entrance on Chanslor, is an alternative school and Leadership Public Schools, with an entrance on Bissell, is a public charter school.
The Gompers campus will be able to house up to 250 students, an increase from 170, while the new LPS center will be able to serve up to 585 students.
Construction on the development began in October 2012.
2. Coronado Elementary School
Construction on the Coronado campus began in January and forced the school’s 480 students to move to temporary classrooms at Kennedy High School.
WCCUSD says the temporary inconvenience will be worth it.
According to the district: “The new campus will consist of 64,738 square feet of classroom, administration, multipurpose, kindergarten, and support facilities. Modern technologies and an array of upgrades will enhance the students’ learning experiences when the rebuilt school opens in August 2015.”
Not only the students, but neighbors will benefit from the new campus, which will include a shared garden and community kitchen and also a wellness center that will provide dental, medical, optical, and counseling services for students.
Along with areas to play basketball, soccer, kickball and four square, kids will have access to an outdoor playground that will have a map of the U.S. and world, large math grids and multicultural game tables, WCCUSD said.
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