Hello and Happy New Year! I hope 2014 is off to a good start for everyone.

I am thrilled to say that it is off to an exceedingly good and productive start for the diligent construction crews working on our new multi-purpose building. Lisa, our construction project manager, has let us know that the building is on track for early completion. Whereas the multi-purpose building was initially scheduled to be completed on June 27th, completion is now anticipated by the end of March. The completed building will then be energized while the students are away on spring break.

Once the multi-purpose building is completed and energized, the contractors will begin work on upgrades to the administrative building. In preparation for that work, the administrative offices will be temporarily relocated to the multi-purpose building. Modernization of the administration building will begin in April, continuing through the remainder of the school year, with completion anticipated in mid-June. From there, the contractor will continue into the classroom buildings as scheduled.

Activities currently in progress are as follows:

As always, you are welcome to send questions or comments about the project to I check the email each week, and work with Lisa and Willem to provide answers/feedback.


Thank you to everyone who has shared questions and thoughts about the project to date. Please feel free to email questions/suggestions at any time to:

As foundation work continues on our new multi-purpose building, we wanted to pass along some project updates:

Current Work:

Excavation is underway and on schedule. It is expected to take approximately another five days of work before the contractor can begin building the foundation and pad for the new building. While no buried treasure has yet been unearthed, the excavation did uncover pieces of the foundation wall from the old George Peabody building that previously opened onto 7th Avenue.

Play Yard:
Coach Mary is working with Mr. Vroegh and the PTA to determine how best to use the reconfigured yard, and to recommend additional or alternative activities to give students the best opportunities for active play in the current space.
Drop-Off Zone:
A number of people have expressed concern about the drop-off zone. DeWitt Mark, our SFUSD project manager, and Lisa Tyrrel, our on-site project construction manager, have applied to the MTA for an extension of the current white zone to the area in front of the north gate entrance. The latest word is that MTA has so far completed measurement and review of the zone and application. There will be an approval hearing on October 25th. Once approved, the white zone extension will be painted, and enforcement will begin.

Additionally, construction vehicles have been asked not to park in the drop-off zone during morning drop-off. Lisa continues to help us with this issue.

Q & A in the Garden with Lisa:

Starting this week Lisa Tyrrel (aka: Ms. Lisa) will be in the garden area every Wednesday morning from 8:20-8:40am to answer questions from students and parents about the work being done. The garden is a great vantage point from which to watch the project phases unfold, and it has attracted students, teachers, and parents alike. Students are curious about the project, and have already posed many interesting questions, including the hopeful: What happens if they find gold? Join Lisa on Wednesday to find out.


The construction office trailer is now in place near the south 7th Avenue entrance. The play structure and some of the planter boxes have been dismantled and placed into storage. They will remain in storage for the duration of the project. The bungalow is in it's new location along the 7th Avenue fence, where it will remain until the new multi-purpose building is complete and available for use. The bungalow will continue to be used for lunch and RDASC.

Lisa, our on-site construction manager, is working with the city to extend the drop-off zone near the north entrance of the 7th Avenue gate by two additional spaces. The MTA has put a rush on this extension, and will soon (no specific date given) extend the white zone. Once the white zone has been formally extended, cars parked in those spaces will be notified, and subsequently cars parked in the white zone during drop-off will be ticketed.

The temporary fencing has moved, reducing the play yard to the size it will remain until during this phase of the construction project (until construction of the multi-purpose building is complete). The PTA is discussing possible ways to mitigate the impact of the smaller play yard.

Please contact for any questions you may have.

For the past 18 months members of the Peabody community have been meeting with the SFUSD Bond Program project manager, DeWitt Mark, and a team of architects to plan for the renovation of our existing building and the creation of a new building to house a library, art room, literacy room, additional office spaces and a new multipurpose room and kitchen. We are thrilled with the plan that has been developed. Many of the changes and modifications that will be made are a result of our community input. Some changes are to bring the building up to ADA compliance and to meet new district standards for energy efficiency and building and grounds best practices.

Details about the SFUSD Bond Program can be found at

In addition, you are welcome to download the following files: General Questions for Peabody Bond Project, Description of General Phasing Requirements, Peabody Phases Areas, Peabody Phases Layout, and Site Plan for Peabody.