Duveneck Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders will occupy a new, two-story classroom building and everybody will get a new library when students go back to school next month.
Sixteen months of construction and $11 million has yielded the two-story building plus two small, single-story classroom buildings, for a net increase of three classrooms at the school. In addition, there's a new "flex room" larger than a regular classroom with ample storage space near the library.
Though Duveneck still resembles a construction zone, construction manager Tom Hodges said everything except for the playing field will be ready before opening day Aug. 18.
"Except for a few day-care portables, the portables are gone from Duveneck and they're restoring the fields," Hodges said this week.
"The fields will get sodded before school starts, but they'll probably have to grow in until October, so they may be blocked off until October, like Fairmeadow was last year."
Interior finishes on the two-story, eight-classroom building are nearly complete, and furniture will be moved in during the first week of August, he said.
The two-story building at Duveneck is the sixth such classroom building to be built across the school district in the past three years under the $378 million "Strong Schools" bond program approved by voters in 2008. Other new, two-story buildings have been in use, or are about to be opened, at Ohlone Elementary School, Fairmeadow Elementary School, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School and Gunn and Palo Alto high schools.