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Revamp work underway at Burlingame campuses
June 28, 2013, 05:00 AM By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal

School may be out but the campuses in Burlingame are abuzz with construction activity this summer.

The construction work means some of the campuses are closed to the public. Much of the work should be completed this summer, resulting in new facilities for many students this fall. Not all work will be completed when kids return to class in late August. Funds from two bond measures as well as state construction grants are funding the work happening at five of the district’s seven campuses.

Robert Clark, chief business officer for the Burlingame Elementary School District, said there are exciting changes coming to the district from easy-to-see facility improvements to upgraded electrical systems that will support future technology needs.

Franklin, Lincoln and McKinley elementary schools will see a completion of construction work this summer. The schools are closed to the public as a result.

At Franklin, five temporary portables will be removed which will free up the yard for students to use again. At Lincoln, the three portables which were placed there during construction of the new building will be removed and the asphalt below repaired. McKinley’s campus will soon have a new accessible entrance on Paloma Avenue near the current kindergarten gate. While the district previously considered removing two portables at McKinley, uncertainty about increasing enrollment resulted in the decision to keep those on the campus in the fall.

Work is also ongoing at Hoover Elementary School, with plans to open in 2014. The district purchased the site in 2010 to handle the increased enrollment at all the elementary schools. Located at 2220 Summit Drive, demolition started at Hoover in April. The $17.8 million project to reopen the school that had been closed in 1979 could be delayed by neighbors worried that the school’s reopening will create major traffic issues.

In December, the board approved a mitigated negative declaration — a form of study and review — for the project which included a traffic plan. Many residents who live near the school, however, felt the approval should be postponed to allow for more discussion and possible changes to the traffic plan — concern which led to the lawsuit filed in January. The two sides are expected in court next month.

Work at Burlingame Intermediate School is just getting started. The entire Osberg parking lot and the road from Quesada Way are both closed until work in the area is finished, most likely in October or November. In the first phase of work, four temporary classrooms will be placed on the parking lot. Also, the old tennis courts will be prepped for construction of new buildings.

The overhaul of Burlingame Intermediate School is just starting. In recent months, the board approved a master plan for the campus and is now looking to work with architects to get the design work completed.

Funding for the work at the five campuses is coming from three different locations.

Money from Measure A, a $48.3 million bond measure passed in 2007, is being used at McKinley. Hoover, as well as future BIS projects, will be largely funded using Measure D, a $56 million bond measure passed by voters in November. All other work is being covered through matching grants released by the State Allocation Board.

Two campuses are open this summer — Roosevelt and Washington. Both are being used during the day for summer programs but can be accessed by the public in the evenings and on weekends.


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