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SLOHS Groundbreaking: Tennis Court Renovation

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Today, the San Luis Coastal Unified School District broke ground on the first phase of projects at San Luis Obispo High School funded by Measure D. Drawing a crowd of supporters, the brief ceremony, held just steps away from the construction site, marked the beginning of a multi-million dollar round of upgrades and new construction at the high school. The projects include renovating the tennis courts to meet CIF regulations and bringing in temporary classroom facilities so that the existing Annex can be demolished to make way for a new 12-classroom building anticipated to be underway in Spring 2017.

(See the KSBY News report on the groundbreaking.)

SLOHIGH_tennis_GB_122The program included remarks from District leadership and a look at what’s to come. Superintendent Dr. Eric Prater 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. Construction will soon be a normal sight on campus.”

“We have an amazing school with great students and great staff! Our location is phenomenal, but our facilities don’t match up and really need an upgrade”, said SLOHS Principal Leslie O’Connor. “The students are genuinely excited about what’s to come and their sense of school pride has already increased dramatically”.

Additional projects at SLOHS, to begin construction next year, include a new 12-classroom Annex Building, a new Student Support Center, Music Building HVAC renovation and the Robotics Lab Renovation (Building 400). A complete list of projects slated for SLOHS as part of Measure D can be found here.

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Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Ryan Pinkerton explained that the tennis court renovation was chosen as the first project because it could be easily approved by the Division of the State Architect, the plan review and approval agency for construction projects on k-12 campuses, and could be completed in time for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. He also noted that the community often uses the tennis courts and this project immediately becomes a community asset.

“It’s important to remind everyone that we have to keep our campuses safe, secure, and operational as we implement the construction of Measure D projects. We have laid out a comprehensive, phased plan for both San Luis and Morro Bay high schools.”