The plan to add classrooms and modernize brought praise from two teachers at a recent school board meeting, but one parent argued that the process has not been transparent and the project costs too much money.
A will be held on March 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in multi-purpose room.
The $6 million Jefferson Modernization and Expansion Project was approved by the board in April, 2011 as a way to address over-population in the north zone of the Berkeley Unified School District. .
The project is currently awaiting design approval. The project would add five classrooms — by constructing six and removing one portable — in the space where the library and learning center are currently located.
The learning center would be relocated to the main office area. A new building would be constructed in the space where the portable classroom currently stands, and would house the main office as well as the library on the first and second floor respectively.
The listed benefits of the construction and relocations include: a larger library, more room for staff, minimal impact on the playground space — a reduction of 5 percent — and increased security due to the relocation of the main office to the edge of campus.
Modernization will also take place, with upgrades to the fire alarm, clocks and bells, electrical services, elevator controls and some restrooms and windows, in addition to improved accessibility and a new public address.
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