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New Dublin high school to be reviewed this week at public workshop

District could break ground on building new campus as early as next spring

Dublin residents have an opportunity this week to review the latest developments on building a second comprehensive high school in east Dublin.

The Dublin Unified School District will host a facilities workshop on Wednesday (June 19), starting at 6:30 p.m. inside the district office board room at 7471 Larkdale Ave.

Various projects and budgets will be reviewed and prioritized at the meeting, the future campus among those up for discussion. Several weeks ago, Fresno-based architect SIM-PBK shared updated design concepts with the Board of Trustees using community feedback.

The district has selected an approximately 25-acre plot of land near the intersection of Grafton Street and Finnian Way, between Central Parkway and Dublin Boulevard, for the school site. Though they have not yet actually bought the land -- valued at $29 million--the district is expected to complete the eminent domain process this fall.

Several possible design scenarios include building two, three-story buildings instead of three, two-story structures, as was originally proposed. This would provide more ground space, and possibly accommodate the installation of a swimming pool, which some community members have asked for. Not including the cost of building a swimming pool, the price difference between the two-story and three-story options would be about $7.6 million, according to public documents.

Where to configure the front of the school and place entrances, drop-off and pick-up zones, and parking spaces will also be examined. The first phase of the project would accommodate up to 1,000 students and include classrooms and athletic facilities like the gym, locker rooms, football stadium and track fields. However, the administration building and theater might not be finished until later during the second phase.

The project’s first phase will use $100 million using revenue from Measure H, the $282 million bond measure approved in 2016 to raise money for another high school and ease district overcrowding. Construction could start in spring 2020; the new campus is anticipated to open in fall 2022.

To learn more about the revised design plans and other information about the future high school, including board discussion video, visit http://bit.ly/DUSD-Future-HS-Updates.

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