Atascadero school board to vote Tuesday on fate of junior high campus

The fate of Atascadero Junior High School could be decided this week.

The Atascadero Unified School District Board of Trustees is expected to vote tonight on whether to renovate or relocate the junior high school.

The district is eyeing three options for the campus at Lewis and Olmeda avenues.

Updating all existing buildings at the current site would cost about $16.5 million.

Another option, a mix of modernization and new construction, would cost nearly $30.9 million.

Lastly, Atascadero Unified could spend about $49.5 million to build a new junior high school on district-owned property next to San Benito Road Elementary School.

Costs would be covered by the $117 million school improvement bond measure approved by local voters in November 2010.

Discussion of a possible move comes as Atascadero Unified is considering a new grade configuration for the junior high school.

In January, the district’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee recommended expanding the school’s student population to include sixth-graders. Seventh- and eighth-graders would continue to attend classes there.

The school board meets at 7 p.m. today at district headquarters, 5601 West Mall in Atascadero. For more information, call 462-4200.