Education

Plans for upgrades at San Luis Coastal schools are shaping up

Morro Bay High School Principal Kyle Pruitt and Amy Burton, a Morro Bay leader in supporting Measure D, field questions from a group touring the campus on Oct. 4, 2014.
Morro Bay High School Principal Kyle Pruitt and Amy Burton, a Morro Bay leader in supporting Measure D, field questions from a group touring the campus on Oct. 4, 2014. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Planning for major upgrades at Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo high schools is underway, with committees at each site working to nail down details of projects that will be funded with the San Luis Coastal Unified School District’s successful $177 million bond measure.

By June, a list of specific projects and related costs are expected to go to the school board for approval, and major construction could start at both schools as soon as May or June 2016, although work would be spread out over a number of years.

Students at Morro Bay High will see some changes sooner, as construction on a new pool could begin as soon as January 2016, said Ryan Pinkerton, assistant superintendent of business and support services.

A study session on bond-related projects will be held Friday morning. The meeting will update the school board and the public on the status of projects at the district’s two traditional high schools, as well as future repairs at the district’s small continuation high school and some minor repairs at elementary and middle schools.

District officials expect to spend about $60 million each at Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo high schools, with the work spread over a number of years.

Seventy-one percent of voters passed the bond, Measure D, last November to make major repairs and build facilities at the district’s two main high schools.

A priority list of specific projects was included in Measure D: install modern technology; renovate or construct restrooms, libraries, and multi-purpose rooms; repair leaky roofs; upgrade, construct or renovate science, technology, engineering and math classrooms and labs; and upgrade and construct athletics fields and other facilities, including building two badly needed swimming pools.

Site committees are halfway through a “schematic design phase,” Pinkerton said, which is expected to wrap up by June. The committee is helping to prioritize projects and gather input from school staff, parents and students.

“This is still kind of a fluid thing,” Pinkerton said. “If we’re going to renovate a classroom wing, where should the new science classrooms go? Where is the new library and cafeteria? We’re pretty much renovating the entire campus at both sites.”

Friday’s special meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the district conference room, 1500 Lizzie St. in San Luis Obispo. For more information, go to www.slcusd.org.

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