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Paso Robles

Construction begins Monday at the new Independence High School — Paso Robles High School’s independent study program — at 810 Niblick Road.

Members of the Paso Robles Public Schools board will be present for a groundbreaking ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

The project, which includes a five-classroom, 7,565-square-foot structure, is expected to be complete by summer, Assistant Superintendent of Business Gary Hoskins said. The goal is to be ready for the 2010-11 academic year, he said.

The Independence High School program — across the street from Paso Robles High’s main campus — serves 187 students and 10 faculty in rooms that used to be home to school district offices before the 1980s.

Its new building, estimated to cost taxpayers $1.6 million, will be financed by the state and Measure T — the $20 million bond and property tax increase local voters passed in November 2006 to expand and upgrade Paso Robles High.

The bond money can’t be used to buffer budget cuts, officials said, because it’s reserved for high school improvements that local voters decided on when they approved the measure three years ago.

— Tonya Strickland

Grover Beach

A Central Coast Democrat who co-founded the Vote Blue political action committee will speak about a proposed California Constitutional Convention at a Wednesday meeting.

Sue Broidy will share information about propositions being prepared to authorize the convention in 2011.

The convention would deal with “the non-functional outdated systems and rules embedded in the current state constitution,” according to a news release from the South County Democrats.

The group will host Broidy at its monthly meeting, starting with a social time at 6:30 p.m. at the Grover Beach Community Center, at 12th Street and Trouville Avenue.

Broidy, who lives in Ojai, is a member of the Ventura County Democratic Party Central Committee and Region 10 director for the California Democratic Party.

She has been a field representative for former Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, and served as a commissioner on the Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura.

— Bob Cuddy

Templeton

For Fire Prevention Week, the Templeton Fire Department presents “Stay Fire Smart…Don’t Get Burned” Sunday through Oct. 10.

Firefighters will present prevention messages to students at Templeton and Vineyard elementary schools. Students will receive a home safety checklist and be given safety tips.

Each student will be asked to do a home safety inspection with their family and return the checklist to class. They will receive a junior fire marshal badge for doing so.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

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