Assistant Principal Jerry Berkson is ex- pecting the new math and social sciences building and Media Arts Center at Palo Alto High School to be prepared for a move-in soon.
The math and social sciences building will continue with a hard move-in, while the Media Arts Center is expected to open for a soft move-in after spring break.
A soft move-in would mean a technol- ogy-less integration, where students would have to leave the new building to use com- puters in neighboring labs. The full grand opening is set sometime in August.
“There is no official time yet,” Berkson said. “The classroom building will happen first and we are hoping that it will be ready after spring break.”
Paly’s math and social studies depart- ments will occupy the 20 classrooms in the two-story building once it’s completed. Berkson does not expect much inconve- nience for transferring these classes to the new building.
“Since both buildings are getting new furniture there will be less transition time needed,” Berkson said. “We will have to deal with teacher’s supplies, etc, but the ac- tual move, in my opinion, will not be that big of a deal.”
Berkson says that the Media Arts Cen- ter will be open around the same time. “For the Media Arts, we are hoping for the same time frame, but with the extensive amount of equipment, it is a bit more complex,” Berkson said.
The classrooms and Media Arts Cen- ter will also have new furniture and tech- nology. “It’s not just your typical desks anymore,” Berkson said. The buildings will have brand new chairs and computers to accommodate the different needs, accord- ing to Berkson.
“It’s going to be more unbelievable than people think, and I think people are already thinking it’s going to be unbelievable,” Berkson said.