First of San Luis Coastal’s Measure D projects breaks ground

Bird’s eye view of the proposed changes for Morro Bay High, as part of the Measure D spending.
Bird’s eye view of the proposed changes for Morro Bay High, as part of the Measure D spending.

Let the building begin.

The San Luis Coastal Unified School District on Friday held the first of two groundbreaking ceremonies scheduled for this month to celebrate some of the major construction work that’s about to begin using funds from Measure D, the $177 million bond measure that voters passed in 2014.

The work to renovate San Luis Obispo High’s tennis courts and build a new pool complex at Morro Bay High will begin officially the day after school lets out on June 13.

A ceremonial groundbreaking event was held Friday morning at San Luis Obispo High as part of a widespread upgrade of facilities at 15 district schools using the Measure D bond funds.

At San Luis Obispo High, the tennis court surfaces will be repaved, painted and striped. New lighting and fencing will be installed as well.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at Morro Bay High for the new pool project.

Of the $177 million total in bond funds, $120 million is slated to make improvements at Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo high schools.

$6.49 million cost of the new Morro Bay pool complex that’s part of the Measure D project list

The comprehensive construction project is a result of a ballot measure passed with 72 percent voter approval.

The total cost of the Morro Bay pool is expected to be $6.49 million, with a construction cost of $4.7 million, said Anthony Palazzo, the district’s director of facilities, operations and transportation. The work to improve the tennis courts at both San Luis Obispo High and Morro Bay High will have a total cost of about $1.8 million with a construction cost of $1.5 million. The Morro Bay courts will be done in August and the courts at San Luis Obispo High will be finished in November.

The Morro Bay pool is expected to be complete in June 2017 and ready for use in the 2017-’18 school year.

Plans for the pool complex include a 25-yard by 35-meter pool with 16 swimming lanes, covered bleachers, an LED scoreboard, locker rooms and a concession kiosk. The city of Morro Bay will be able to rent the facility and offer programs for the community.

Other projects going on this summer at San Luis Obispo High are installing temporary classrooms in preparation for future renovations, undertaking two model classrooms’ renovations and demolishing the annex classroom wing, Palazzo said.

At Morro Bay High this summer, school officials will begin renovations of the auto shop and relocate facilities in its 700 building to pave the way for the new STEAM complex for industrial arts.