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MBHS Groundbreaking: Pool Complex

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MBHS_Pool_GroundBreaking_120District officials and administrators tossed shovelfuls of freshly spaded earth as hundreds of community members, students and parents applauded, and, in a matter of seconds, San Luis Coastal Unified School District ushered in the Measure D era with its first project at Morro Bay High School under the 2014 voter-approved bond.

Drawing a massive crowd of supporters, the ceremony for the new Pool Complex at Morro Bay High School, marked the beginning of a multi-million dollar round of upgrades and new construction at the high school.

The 25-yard-by-35-meter swimming pool, with an estimated construction cost of $4.7 million, will feature 16 lanes and will have covered bleachers, exterior overhead lights and an LED scoreboard. The 3,815-square-foot support building has men’s and women’s locker rooms, office space, team meeting rooms, ample storage and a concessions kiosk.

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The program included remarks from District leadership and a look at what’s to come. Smiling and clearly elated that the day had finally come, Dr. Kyle Pruitt, Principal at Morro Bay High School, said “As a Principal, it’s all about the kids. Our kids have never had the benefit of a pool on campus. Our students deserve this! Thank you for supporting Measure D. Measure D will transform our campus and learning environment.”

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Superintendent Dr. Eric Prater sincerely thanked the community for “investing in our students, our schools and our future” by approving the $177 million bond, adding, “this is the first of many groundbreaking ceremonies courtesy of Measure D.” Dr. Prater reiterated “Our community has a long history of coming together to make education a priority. You have entrusted us to spend Measure D funds wisely and as promised. We will continue to be stewards of your resources and demonstrate that your trust is well placed”.

“It’s a tremendously exciting day,” said Ryan Pinkerton, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, describing some of the planned projects for the high school. Over the course of Summer 2016, renovations for the auto shop and relocation of the wresting room, the dance room and the fitness room will also take place to clear the 700 Wing. This paves the way for renovation of the 700 Wing into the STEAM Complex that will break ground in 2017. The Student Services Building, the new front door to MBHS, will also break ground in 2017. These projects are all funded by Measure D. “It’s a new day for Morro Bay High School. The big story is, community support for our students and our schools.”

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A similar ceremony for the tennis court renovation at San Luis Obispo High School was held last Friday, May 13, signaling the start of construction at that campus. Additional projects at the SLOHS campus, to begin construction next year, include a new 12-classroom Annex Building, a new Student Support Center, Music Building HVAC renovation and Robotics Lab Renovation (Building 400). A complete list of projects slated for both MBHS and SLOHS as part of Measure D can be found here.