Wilson Elementary’s move to Portola Middle temp campus delayed

Wilson Elementary's move to Portola Middle temp campus delayed

Despite ceiling leaks and other structural problems plaguing the aging Wilson Elementary School at 629 42nd St., students and teachers will remain at the campus for another year as their planned move to a temporary campus has been delayed.

The West Contra Costa Unified School District recently announced that Wilson, originally scheduled to move to the Portola Middle School Temporary Campus in El Cerrito in the fall, won’t be going there until June 2018.

“The delay in moving is due to Division of the State Architect requests for additional information and fitting the Portola Temporary Campus with fire sprinklers,” according to the district.

After Wilson relocates to the Portola Temporary Campus, located at Navellier Street at Moeser Lane, the school is expected to operate at that location for two academic years. During that time, Wilson Elementary campus will undergo a rebuild expected to cost about $40 million.

Students and teachers are expected to return to the 42nd Street campus during the 2020-21 school year. Here’s the latest timeline for the project:

May 25: Soil samples taken at Portola Campus

June-October: Geological and State Architect reviews.

Fall-Spring: Plans are approved, moved to bid, and constructed.

May 2018 (Date/time TBD): Open House at Portola Campus

June 2018: Wilson teachers and staff pack and relocate to Portola Campus.

September 2018: Wilson opens at Portola. Wilson 42nd Street campus will be demolished and rebuilt following the Fall 2018 Bond issue.

2020/2021: Wilson returns to the North & East.

Early this year, while advocating to relocate Wilson in the fall, WCCUSD School Board Trustee Mister Phillips described the 42nd Street campus as inadequate.

“According to a 2002 structural evaluation of Wilson by DASSE Design, Inc., Wilson has 18 structural deficiencies that ‘could be the causes for building collapses, partial building collapses, or life-safety hazards, if the corresponding buildings are subjected to major earthquake ground motions, which are possible at these sites,’” Wilson said.