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What happened to Gunn construction?

Original post made by Observer, South of Midtown, on Jul 27, 2011

Last year the Gunn High School campus was reconfigured in preparation for a construction project which was to add new classrooms, etc. This created a 'village' in the parking lot which made long trecks between classes for many students and set aside areas of the campus which are a mess. It was to be a temporary change in the campus for the duration of the immanent construction project. This summer I happened to be in the area and could find no evidence of any new construction. I did see some workers doing something to existing structures, but this appeared to be more of a clean up project than a construction one. What happened? Anyone?

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Posted by Chris Kenrick, Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

According to the school district, here's what you should expect: Web Link

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm

As a neighbor to Gunn and local taxpayer, I really take exception to the decision to enlarge the high schools so much instead of reopening Cubberley. Perhaps they should have found a way to open a choice or charter high school there, and saved the money of all this construction. The way they did all the preparation so early sure makes it seem like someone wanted to be sure no one could change the construction decisions or expenditures while we are looking at what to do with the Cubberley property now that we've sadly chased off Foothill. It would be financially irresponsible with the leadership of the school district to proceed with that construction before they have the discussions over the Cubberley property that they inexplicably put off until this fall.

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Neighbor - much of the construction at both high schools is necessary upgrades to old facilities, not just enlarging the schools. Cubberley probably needs to be totally torn down and rebuilt if it is used as a PAUSD facility, and I am sure the District is planning to use Cubberley in the future. Foothill is getting their new campus land for free - hard to beat that!

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