Seven years of construction nears end at San Ramon Valley High School Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Sep 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm
After seven years, including the halting of work after Native American remains were found on site in July 2009 and a condemned gym in Feb. 2008, the first phase of construction at San Ramon Valley High school is nearing completion.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 1:39 PM
Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm
First priority should have been (and still should be) sufficient parking on campus. Getting to and from school is the most basic necessity. The kids should be allowed to become entirely self-sufficient and drive bikes and cars as soon as possible. There should have been a parking structure built BEFORE any of the above projects. And NO spaces should be "compact" sized.
Second priority there should be a a Pickup/Dropout Lane system designed--that doesn't block traffic.
Third priority there should be 12 decent tennis courts built (with good lighting) to allow the 4-year development of good tennis programs for the kids (right now very few kids get a chance to play on the teams)...and also for the general public in the non-school hours. Those present courts are ancient and terrible. Huge cracks. Poor surfaces and constantly dirty and slippery with leaves and pebbles. Major lawsuit liabilities. Poor design and spacing. Poor lighting and fencing. Must be from the 1950s. Worst courts in the county for our Danville kids. There is almost no "development" of tennis players of our Danville youth (The "teams" just take kids that already know how to play.) But there is no organized tennis "voice"....because there it almost zero tennis programs or participation.
The PE program (mis)uses the courts to "house" students, not teach them tennis. And it allows yearly abuse and destruction of the courts (fences, nets, ground). Sometimes it puts 8 students on a court with wooden paddles and lets them pretend to play paddleball. Some kids just whack the wiffle ball around (with no scoring). Most just sit or stand around and scratch the ground and nets with the wooden paddles. They're in their street clothes....and never break a sweat. That's a PE class nowadays. It's totally worthless. Worse than worthless.
Posted by Bainter the Painter, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 16, 2010 at 2:44 pm
I thinck we spend to much money on ejucation. When I was a kid we had no fancy buidlings and so many teachers and that did'nt hurt me any. We had no parking. The kids that could afford legs walked. My mom and pa were poor so we could not afford legs. They just kicked us to school even in the snow. Kids these days have it to good.
Posted by Alamo parent, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 17, 2010 at 7:42 am
I attended San Ramon High during the 1970's and parking was a challenge at that time. Love Lane used to be a straight road that went through the campus, with the auto shop and wood shop, being on one side and the school buildings on the right. Adjustments were made, which allowed for the back parking lot. Parking will always be a challenge, with a downtown location. Parking structure for S.R. in Danville ? Are you kidding ?
The tennis courts have not been updated and are in sad shape. This comes down to a lack of funding. For serious tennis players, they work with tennis pros and would seek other facilities to develop their game. They would be competing in USTA tournaments.
A high school P.E. teacher covers a variety of activities and can't be expected to be a specific tennis instructor. The golf teams play at Crow Canyon Country Club and pay for all individual instruction and equipment.
As for the new basketball gym, I am thrilled for the students. This will serve boys/girls basketball teams, wrestling and boys/girls volleyball for many years to come.
Posted by Rose, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 17, 2010 at 11:47 am
Has any consideration been given to a marker, tree, bush etc., dedicated to the many Native Americans unearthed at the site?? I would think a high school campus would be a perfect place for the historical value, let alone respect, to the peoples' and past of our valley.
I hope this has been a consideration, and not a wasted opportunity!!