The $72-million project replaces the old school originally built in 1949

Photo by Kaylee Arca Public Information Officer Melanie Corona gives sixth-grader Kaylee Gamble and her mom, Andrea Gamble, a tour of the new campus.

By Kaylee Arca

Brownell Middle School students will step into 21st century classrooms Aug. 18, enjoying a newly built learning environment with futuristic and sustainable technology.

The campus, located a few blocks west of downtown Gilroy, underwent two years of construction during the $72-million project. Workers demolished the majority of the old school, which was originally constructed in 1949, with an addition made in 1951. Left standing, the multi-purpose room and the gym were modernized. The new classrooms and administration offices provide a technologically advanced and environmentally friendly setting.

Funding came from Measure E, a $170-million general ob