Groundbreaking on rebuilding the Frederiksen and Murray elementary schools in Dublin are scheduled to start next year, using $105 million in bond measure revenue for the projects.
The new buildings will be constructed on fields at the existing sites after Dublin Unified School District realized that rebuilding would cost less than renovating the current structures. Murray was originally built in 1966 and Frederiksen in 1967.
Signs showing the planned work at each site went up last week, where students and staff also posed for photos to commemorate the occasion. The new $55 million Murray campus will have a kindergarten wing with four classrooms and another 28 grade-level classrooms divided among four separate buildings, with room for counseling and speech therapy.
Construction will start this spring, with the classroom buildings expected to be built from June 2020 to January 2021. Six of those classrooms could be in use as early as August 2020, according to DUSD.
The administration building, multipurpose room, library, amphitheater, kitchen, science building and quad area are on track for construction from January 2021 to June 2022. Demolition of the existing Murray buildings will take place in spring 2022.
The planned $50 million Frederiksen school will have 32 classrooms and a multipurpose room on the property's eastern and southeastern areas, respectively. An administration office, library and learning center, a STEM room, a fine art room and two special education classrooms will stand where the existing classrooms and administrative building are located.
Both campuses are designed to accommodate the 900 students that each are projected to enroll by 2025, according to the district. All work on both schools with the exception of demolishing the old buildings is expected to be completed by August 2021.
The projects are funded by Measure H, the $283 million bond measure that Dublin voters approved in 2016 to address overcrowding in schools by expanding them, as well as upgrading older classrooms, adding modern technology and making sure that fire and safety codes are up to standard at all sites.
News about the projects came after the Board of Trustees reached an impasse the other week on whether to approve $30 million for renovations at Dublin Elementary School. A "comprehensive site assessment" performed last year found inadequate parking, decaying exterior beams and roofing, and that "new mechanical units are needed in many locations," among other problems cited with the aging campus.
The 2-2 vote -- trustees Amy Miller and Megan Rouse voted in favor, and trustees Dan Cherrier and Gabrielle Blackman against -- blocked the proposal.
"The board made a decision not to move forward with those recommendations," district officials said in a statement. "The district will address this issue again once directed by the board."
The Dublin Teachers Association issued a statement on social media after the board vote and
said members were "working diligently in collaboration with community members from across the district and colleagues at all 12 of our school sites in an effort to both support and raise community awareness for the Dublin Elementary community."
The Board also decided to not vote on a new $290 million bond measure intended to generate funds for improvements and modernizations at older campuses, build a second high school and also a middle school at Dublin Crossing.
Details on each project including renderings can be found at http://bit.ly/DUSD-Projects.