- Published on Wednesday, 13 July 2011 01:00
- Written by Traci Newell - Staff Writeremail@example.com
Students may be away for summer, but that doesn’t mean the local high school campuses aren’t still bustling.
Los Altos and Mountain View high schools are continuing to undergo construction projects funded by the $41.3 million Measure A bond, passed by voters in 2010.
In May, the district broke ground on a swimming pool/weight-room complex for Mountain View High. Joe White, associate superintendent for business services, said the project is scheduled for completion by Jan. 31, in time for spring swim meets.
White said construction crews are excavating the site of the former pool and weight room. A major portion of the work, which crews should address this summer, is the relocation of the main PG&E gas line and meter.
At Los Altos High, crews are upgrading the public-address system, used for announcements and tied to the campus bell schedule. Mountain View High’s system was upgraded during spring break.
New fire-alarm systems are scheduled for installation on both campuses this summer, with an Aug. 5 completion target. The new technology is highly sophisticated, White said. Once in place, the system can pinpoint a fire or smoke’s point of origin in addition to triggering the alarms.
The district is in the design phase for additional classrooms on each campus to accommodate a projected increase in enrollment. The school board reviewed schematic drawings at the end of the school year. District officials will finalize the classroom plans during the summer and prepare them for submission to the Division of the State Architect for approval in September, White said. The classroom project is scheduled for next spring, with completion by fall of 2013.
Classroom additions, the largest portion of the bond project, include three additional science classrooms in one building and nine standard classrooms in a second new building situated along Bryant Avenue at Mountain View High. Minor conversions to existing science classrooms are planned at Mountain View as well.
At Los Altos High, a new two-story building with three art classrooms and nine standard classrooms will be constructed in the space between the gymnasium and the baseball field. Rooms currently designated for art classes are scheduled for conversion into two science labs and an art room.
Earlier this year, the district completed the first bond project, installation of solar canopies in the schools’ parking lots. The 1.26-megawatt photovoltaic systems are estimated to save the district approximately $400,000 a year.
White said district officials are within the scope and budget of the projects.
For more information, visit www.mvla.net/bondinfo.