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Building C at Cunha Intermediate School has been coved for nearly three years due to a mold problem. Review File Photo 

When Cunha Intermediate School’s C Building was closed due to mold in 2016, someone joked with Superintendent Jane Yuster that the building would be opened in time for her retirement. That turned out to be prophetic.

Yuster’s last board meeting was Thursday and she officially retires July 1. 

School officials say construction on the C Building will finish in time for school this fall. 

Crystal Leach, chief business official with Cabrillo Unified School District, gave an update on all five projects that the $99 million bond known as Measure M is funding, including the C Building. The district also plans to replace the blacktop at Hatch Elementary School, replace the roof at Cunha’s D Building, update the boilers, and finish installing football lights at Half Moon Bay High School. 

“(It’s) the most summer activity I’ve seen,” Leach said at the meeting.

The lights are the final phase of the Track and Field Lighting Project. Leach said the LED lights won’t spill over into neighborhoods and will be more energy efficient. The new boilers at Half Moon Bay High School are intended to keep classrooms warmer in the winters and save the district money as less repairs will be needed. 

But completing work on the C Building is one of the biggest projects this summer. Administration discovered leaks in 2015, and the building was closed the following year. The water caused mold to collect in the walls, causing health concerns. 

Wrapped in a white puffy tarp about a year ago, the C Building gained the nickname the “marshmallow” among students. It was enclosed to allow construction to continue through the rainy winter season, and to contain debris, school board President Sophia Layne said. 

The building was vacated over three years ago, but district officials say the C Building will be ready to house classes again this fall. 

District officials said they hope to move teachers in by the end of July or early August so science labs, art rooms and band rooms are ready for students at the start of school. The project was not supposed to exceed $14 million. Layne said the final cost will not be known until the ongoing lawsuit against Thompson Builders is completed.  

The district filed a lawsuit against Thompson Builders over the construction of the building in March 2017, and Blach Construction has been in charge of the repairs for the past three years.  

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