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The following article was posted on October 2nd, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 30 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 30

New digs are coming to Santa Maria High School

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

South Broadway’s view of Santa Maria High School will change with construction of a two-story, 26,000-square-foot classroom building near the historic Ethel Pope Auditorium.

The structure will accommodate 324 students and staff members with 14 learning areas and 10 classrooms. Bidding is expected to start in October, and construction is estimated to take less than 18 months.

“We are all excited, and the young learners are really going to appreciate it,” Gary Wuitschick, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District’s director of support services, said in a press release.

Construction is estimated to cost $9.4 million, with the entire cost of the project reaching $12 million. Funding for the project is expected to come from $8 million in bond funds with the potential of up to $6 million in a state match, Yolanda Ortiz, the district’s assistant superintendent of business services, said in the press release.

Plans for architectural design indicate the building will complement the older classroom units on campus and also incorporate such energy-saving measures as solar power and LED lighting. The site where building will commence was once occupied by an older structure that was torn down in the 1970s because of seismic concerns. Santa Maria High Principal Joe Domingues said he’s excited for history to be “revived” for alumni, students, staff, and the community.

“It’s a great opportunity to ignite the past,” Domingues said in the release. “The Broadway buildings have always been special and significant.”

The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees are scheduled to discuss the matter at its Nov. 13 board meeting.