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Weaver District makes way for new expansion project

Pardon our dust.

That’s the plea of John Curry, Weaver Union School District superintendent, as the Childs Avenue campus is in the midst of a major renovation.

In the 4 to 5-acre space at Childs Avenue and Coffee Road, contractors have been demolishing four old portable classrooms, the parking drop-off area, a district portable, the old preschool and the soccer field.

In their places, by January 2021, will be 12 new classrooms and a main office complex facing the Coffee-Childs corner.

“Right now there is a lot of dust,” Curry said. “The community and staff have been patient during construction. They are all troopers! We should focus on what it will look like when it’s done, which will make all of this worth it.”

The $14.2 million construction project was made possible by voters passing the $9 million Measure G ballot measure seven years ago. The balance of the funds are coming from district coffers.

Some of the Weaver buildings on the 19-acre campus date back to 1949, including the district office which is scheduled to be demolished.

District administrators will be moving to a new office at 1240 D St. in December.

Most of the other buildings on the Weaver Middle School campus were modernized through to a previous bond measure. Planning for the current construction started in 2013 when architectural plans were drawn.

Before it’s finished, the entire campus will get a fresh coat of paint. The existing gym and locker rooms also will be modernized and freshened up, Curry said.

The new Weaver Middle School complex also will be surrounded by security fencing for the first time.

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