The crowning jewel of the construction will be the new theater that is to replace the lyceum. Both middle school and high school students will utilize the new facilities designed by the world-renowned HMC Architects firm.
In addition to this, CMHS Principal Dr. Phil D'Agostino is planning to “Overhaul to the parking lot,” and to construct a new clock tower.
The theater and middle school enclave are currently in their final phases and construction is expected to finish in the 2013-2014 school year, while the clock tower and parking lot renovations are still in the planning stages.
The costs of all of these projects combined add up to about $30 million, a figure financed by taxpayers through Measure F. Measure F was passed by voters in 2005, allocating $282 million of bonds to renovate the facilities of many Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools.
Other projects paid for by Measure F include the enclave at Corona Del Mar, the already built Tewinkle Gym, the Newport Harbor Robins/Loats Project, Jim Scott Stadium(opened in 2008), and the CMHS Aquatics Center(opened in 2010).
Despite all this, Kyle Hefner spoke for many students when he said he knew “nothing” of the planned changes to the school. Many current CMHS students will have graduated by the time the full scope of these projects is realized, but as the renderings below illustrate, it will be worth the wait for those that get to enjoy them.
Written by Preston Trieu