AV Groundbreaking Ceremony: AV science labs and portable replacement project kicks off

Shuchi Parikh, Staff Writer

As a result of the Measure I1 bond passed in 2016, the school district began a new construction project at Amador Valley High School. The project will add extra science labs and remove the portable classrooms on campus.

The new science labs will be part of a two-story building meant to replace the classes that were in portables and other science classes. Several schools in the Bay Area have multiple two-story buildings, including Dougherty Valley High School.

“An advantage of having a two-story building is that more classrooms can be fit into the building which allows for more students to take the classes they want. I think one disadvantage is that students have to walk a pretty far distance from class to class,” said Dougherty Valley High School student Riya Mehta (‘21).

In order to accommodate prep and teaching periods, science teachers usually have to move their lab and demo equipment from classroom to classroom. Having more classrooms can make this whole process much easier or entirely unnecessary. 

“I think adding more classrooms to our campus is a good idea, considering how much our student population has grown over the years. For the science teachers in particular, I think that it will be good for us so that we have more rooms to use as dedicated classrooms and not have to move from classroom to classroom in between periods,” said AV Physics teacher Jonathon Brix.

In addition to the new building, many students and teachers express excitement over the prospect of replacing portable classrooms with permanent classrooms. There are also a variety of problems with portable classrooms that can be overcome with this project.

“I have heard a lot about the air conditioning not working and the rooms being much smaller. Some of our portables are very far from the main campus so again, it’s a pretty long walk just to get to class and definitely not enough time, which can then cut into class time,” said Mehta.

As Amador makes these major changes to its campus, students and teachers have a lot to look forward to once schools reopen. Most people generally agree that there are many positive effects of the planned construction, but some also argue that there is still room for improvement. 

“We may need to consider adding more buildings like the Q, which are two stories, to accommodate our seemingly ever-growing population,” said Brix.