Many rumors about the situation have spread among students, but none truly hit the mark. Not only is the front of the school being renovated, but a new middle school enclave, a state of the art performing arts theater, and a new parking lot will be built.
Currently, the construction workers are starting on the first phase of the renovations, which is the middle school enclave.
"It's probably the most significant construction at Costa Mesa High School since it's been open," said Dr. D'Agostino.
The closed off area where the current construction is taking place is not the only area that will be affected. Teachers like Mr. Serio and Mrs. Marchbank will be relocated to new classrooms, as the current ones will soon be under construction for a new parking area.
The new middle school enclave will result in eight to eleven brand new classrooms equipped with the latest technology.
This project was approved and funded by the voters of our district through the use of a bond measure.
“It was a very complicated process that involved working with the community and all of our stake holders to secure the funding for it,” said Dr. Peralta.
“We have floated a bond, which means that we are asking tax payers, as a part of their property taxes to pay for the construction of this facility,” explained Dr. D’Agostino.
The voters in our district had to approve the plans of renovation in order for anything to take effect. There were two bond measures approved: Measure A and Measure F. Measure A included past renovations of Newport Harbor and the building of Jim Scott Stadium, while Measure F includes the renovations being made on our campus as well as on Corona Del Mar, which is also currently under construction. Measure F was designed to improve school facilities.
Workers have now laid a foundation and have built the frame of part of the middle school enclave.
The enclave is being built with structural safety as the first priority.
“It’s extremely over-engineered for student safety,” said Dr. D’Agostino.
Other classroom improvements include air conditioning and energy-efficient technology.
Other features include a new technology lab for middle school students and a large plaza area that will perhaps be used for the middle school promotion ceremony.
Sophomore Margarita Cruz remembers the old parking lot from when she attended middle school. "It seemed like it was just a pile of dirt. I'm really glad we're using the space for something useful.
"I think it's great that they're rebuilding it!" commented eighth grader Jianna Florek. "I think the old area need to be fixed because it was getting a little old and it needed a fresh start."
The full project will be finished by September 2014. The current fifth and sixth graders will be the first to make use of these new state of the art facilities.
“It was certainly needed, and we’re very grateful to the community of Costa Mesa for their support in allowing us to move forward with this construction,” said Dr. Peralta.
Written by Hayley Petersen and Natalie Tetreault