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Dublin Unified School District Acquires Land for Second Comprehensive High School

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Dublin Unified School District Acquires Land for Second Comprehensive High School

Eminent Domain Process Complete

Dublin, CA – December 18, 2019 During the regularly scheduled Board meeting held on December 17, the Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a settlement agreement in the eminent domain action initiated by the District to acquire the approximately 23.46 acres of vacant property located between Central Parkway and Dublin Boulevard (also known as the Promenade site) for the District’s new comprehensive high school. The settlement agreement will allow the District to acquire the site without the need for further court proceedings.

“This is one of the last major hurdles in a project that will benefit the entire Dublin community,” said Dave Marken, superintendent of the Dublin Unified School District. “While waiting to acquire the land, we held numerous stakeholder input sessions, have gone through various design options, and developed the Educational Specifications. On June 25, 2019, the Board unanimously approved the final site plan concept and educational program. We anticipate breaking ground in the summer of 2020 and look forward to working with our Board and community on approving the March bond measure that will provide the funding needed to finish this project.

“The delivery of a second comprehensive high school will address one of the greatest challenges our District and community has faced in recent times,” said Dan Cherrier, president of the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees. “With the purchase of the property now worked out, we are one step closer to turning the dream of a second comprehensive high school into a reality.”

The District’s eminent domain action has been ongoing since October 2018, and the matter was scheduled for trial first on December 9, 2019. The trial date was subsequently continued to January 27, 2020. The primary disputed issue for trial was the fair market value of the property, or the “just compensation” to which the property owner was entitled. The District and property owner had exchanged appraisals of the property for this purpose.

At a pre-trial mediation that took place on December 3, 2019, the District and the property owner reached a resolution of the matter, conditional on the parties’ execution of a formal settlement agreement. The District’s Board, at its closed session meeting held on December 17, 2019, approved and reported out a formal settlement agreement, the material terms of which include:

  • District will pay property owner $38.3 million as just compensation for the property, which is an amount representing the approximate half-way point between the District’s and property owner’s respective final pre-trial appraised values of the property;
  • District will be provided with immediate rights to access and possess the property, allowing the District to complete tests, sampling, and other investigations necessary to move the high school project forward; and
  • Pacific Gas & Electric, which currently parks vehicles on the property pursuant to an agreement with the owner, will vacate the property by the end of January 2020.

While the District will have access and possession of the property as of December 18, 2019, certain procedures must still be followed before the District will officially acquire title to the property. Following dismissal of certain remaining easement holders from the eminent domain action, the parties will file a Stipulated Judgment in Condemnation. The Stipulated Judgment will authorize the District to acquire the property after PG&E vacates the property, and after the State’s Department of Toxic Substances Control provides final approvals of the property’s soils.  After these events take place, the District will file a Final Order in Condemnation with the court and have it recorded with the County of Alameda. Title to the property will transfer to the District upon that recording. The District anticipates that all of these events will take place in the first quarter of 2020.

The Board is very excited to close the 2019 year one significant step closer to accomplishing its new comprehensive high school.

New Comprehensive High School Overview
This new 23.46-acre campus will be located on the corner of Central Parkway and Chancery Lane in Dublin. It will accommodate approximately 2,500 students once the second phase of construction is complete:

 Phase One

  • Estimated Opening: Fall 2022
  • Number of Students: 1,308 
  • Features: Administration Building, Student Union, Kitchen, Library, Gymnasium, Locker Room, Three-Story Academic Tower #1, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Classrooms, All-Weather Track and Synthetic Field, Four Overhead Field Lights, Eight Tennis Courts, Approximately 500 parking spaces

 Phase Two

  • Estimated Opening: To be determined
  • Number of Students: The remaining 1,237 
  • Features: Three-Story Academic Tower #2, Theatre, Bleachers, VAPA Classrooms, Basement, Concessions, Pressbox, Maintenance Building

Funding Information
Phase One of our comprehensive high school will cost approximately $166.6 million. Of that amount, $158.8 million will be funded by Measure H, which stated it would allow our District to “construct initial phase(s) of new high school and all related improvements.” The remaining $8.2 million will be funded through developer fees.

Phase Two will cost approximately $92 million and will be funded by a bond measure the community will vote on in March of 2020. That March 2020 bond measure will support the completion of the future high school and other facility needs.

For more information on the future comprehensive high school project, visit

About the Dublin Unified School District
The Dublin Unified School District serves over 12,900 students, from preschool through adult education, in a diverse suburban environment. The district has 12 school sites, including seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one K-8, and two high schools. The Dublin Unified School District mission is to educate every student to become a lifelong learner by providing a safe and supportive environment that fosters collective responsibility for each student’s success. Dublin schools have been recognized with numerous accolades, including Advanced Placement Honor Roll, National Blue Ribbon School, Gold Ribbon Award, Project Lead The Way Distinguished School, California School of Character, National School of Character, California Distinguished School, and Title 1 Academic Achievement Award School.

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