Santa Maria Sun / School Scene
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 14
Work starts on Santa Maria-Bonita's new school
The shovels hit the dirt—ceremonially, figuratively, and literally—on the morning of June 5 at the corner of Biscayne Street and Carmen Lane, where Santa Maria-Bonita School District’s 20th school will eventually stand.
School board members, Superintendent Phil Alvarado, and construction company folks posed for pictures in hard hats and scooped up a bit of dirt to signal the start of construction on the elementary school that will help relieve a bit of overcrowding pressure from other schools in the district.
Alvarado spoke during the ceremony, saying that although the new school will help the district house students, Santa Maria-Bonita needs to keep looking for funding and land to build two more schools. The 15,000-student district is one of the few school districts that continues to grow each year.
The new school will hold 28 classrooms and up to 700 students. The nearly $17-million project also has space allotted to fit more classrooms and 125 more students.
It’s slated to be finished before the start of the 2015-2016 school year, and preliminary construction preparation work has already started. Crews will most likely start moving dirt the week of June 10.
School board president Linda Cordero told ceremony attendees that the school was a step in the right direction, and she was happy to be a part of the decision that allocated the money to spearhead the project.
“I am overwhelmed, really, truly, with the success our district has had,” Cordero said at the ceremony. “We are progressive in our thinking to build the schools that we need to build to serve the people in our community.”