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Belle Haven Redesign

Belle Haven Site Plan

Proposed Project

Proposed Project

Ravenswood is proposing investing $50,000,000 from the recently passed Measure I funds in Belle Haven. This, alongside the work at Cesar Chavez Ravenswood Middle School, are the two largest ever construction projects in Ravenswood's history. These projects draw from the 2015 Facilities Master Plan. This approved schematic calls for renovating all of the instructional rooms on the Belle Haven campus, creates new spaces for early childhood and students with special needs, adds seven brand new classrooms, and relocates and expands the gym on the site to be more community facing. 

“This project represents a decades-long culmination in site planning and community engagement,” said outgoing Trustee Ana Maria Pulido. “This work began with the 2015 facilities master plan and has been updated through three separate bond campaigns. The overwhelming community support from those bonds has made this project possible.”

As Trustee Bronwyn Alexander stated, “I am so pleased we are beginning the Measure I investments at Belle Haven, where I taught and worked. This proposed plan represents the largest campus improvement since the school was built in 1948 and is desperately needed.”

“During the pandemic it was revealed how important the air students breathe is to their learning. Having healthy learning environments is essential to supporting our students' academic growth and recruiting excellent staff,” observed Superintendent Gina Sudaria. 

The proposed design of the school improves the underlying structure of every class. Existing rooms will be taken down to the studs and then built back up - a more sustainable and efficient approach that still results in a functionally new classroom. 

This year the District opened up TK to all students. The new campus includes three new classrooms in the kinder yard, including two new TK rooms and a new kindergarten room alongside two modernized kindergarten rooms. 

Last summer the District and City of Menlo Park jointly launched a pilot program to open the field in the back of the school to the Belle Haven community. The new design builts on that, by moving the school gym closer to the field with the intention of making it easier for the broader community to access and use the site after hours and on weekends. 

“While we are pleased to have this direction from the Board, we are still in the early stages of design and over a year away from construction which will begin in 2024,” said Chief Business Officer William Eger. “We look forward to continuing to engage our community about important details of the design - the specific classroom attributes, the layout of the field, and the outdoor spaces – as well as developing and releasing our proposed construction timeline.”
On this website, you can learn more about the proposed plan, the timeline, and the next phases. 
Relevant documents and upcoming events

Relevant documents and upcoming events

Key Documents
 
Opportunities to Engage
We encourage anyone to join any of our public board meetings, the dates of which you can view here. During a board meeting, anyone is welcome to come and give feedback on the design.
 
We also have scheduled community events at the following days: 
  • December 13th at 4pm - Zoom*
  • February 8th at 4pm - Zoom*
  • April 19th at 4pm - In Person at Belle Haven
  • June 15th at 4pm - Zoom*
  • July 6th at 10am - In Person at Belle Haven
 
*Check back closer to the day of for the link. 
 
We also have a number of internal events, which are only open to our staff and families. If interested in learning more about those events, please reach out to the Belle Haven principal.
 
Can't make an event but want to learn more? Email weger@ravenswoodschools.org or provide feedback on this form

Belle Haven Elementary Site Plan

project timeline

project timeline

  • September 22nd -- Initial board presentation.
  • November 17th -- Board reviews and approve initial site plan and architectural contract.
  • November, 2022 - April 2023-- The District and architect iterate on the specific drawings for the site (room layout, playarea layout, parking lot location and park size etc.). During this period, the design will still evolve significantly. 
  • Spring/Summer - Detailed project design goes to the Division of the State Architect for their review (which generally takes 4-6 months).
  • January 2024 - Earliest possible start for construction.