• Mission Bay High's Softball Team Inaugurates New Field

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 3/18/2015 12:30:00 PM
    Mission Bay High's softball team had a lot to celebrate on March 10, not the least of which were brand new softball facilities. To mark the first-ever game on their new field, the Buccaneers opened the 2015 season with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. They went on to win their game against San Ysidro High School, 22-2.

    Mission Bay High School Softball "It was amazing to throw out the first pitch today!" Principal Remillard said. "I had no idea I was going to be asked to be part of the celebration. Our Mission Bay athletes work so hard, I was honored to share the field with our girls."

    "The players are loving the new field, they are so happy!" he added. "I don’t know a whole lot about softball, but the parents have told me this is the best complex they ever seen. And, the coaches are telling me the girls are playing with more energy and excitement. It has changed the team during the start of the year."

    Mission Bay's athletic facilities recently underwent a major transformation. As part of that transformation, the girls' softball field was relocated and a new synthetic turf field was installed. New accessible dugouts, bleachers, concession stand and announcer's booth were constructed. In addition, a new scoreboard, backstop and fencing were also installed.

    'The artificial turf is a major upgrade," Principal Remillard said. "The field we had before didn’t compare to the new field. The new softball complex is great for our students and for the community of Mission Bay. At today’s (March 10) game we had a number of alumni, parents and community members here to see the game. Everyone was so proud, especially the principal. Safety is number one for students. The new facility is great for the players."

    The official dedication athletic facilities project that also includes a new stadium and baseball field, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at the stadium. For more information on the event, contact Pam Deitz at pbpamdeitz@gmail.com. Reporters or editors interested covering the April 16 event should call Cynthia Reed-Porter, facilities communications supervisor, at 619-546-3378.
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  • Props. S & Z Progress

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 2/11/2015 9:20:00 AM
    Construction of a three-story classroom building
    At its Feb. 10 meeting, the Board of Education received the annual independent audit for the district's capital improvement bond program.    
    "The auditors found that the district's financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Propositions S and Z Bonds Building Funds," said Lee Dulgeroff, Chief Facilities Planning & Construction Officer.  
    "For the sixth consecutive year, the district's capital bond program has received the highest opinion auditors can offer for both its financial and performance audits," Dulgeroff added."This year, the auditors had no adverse findings, an achievement for a bond program of this size and complexity."
    In an effort to provide a quality school in every neighborhood, the district is using Proposition S (passed in 2008) and Proposition Z (passed in 2012) funds to repair, renovate and revitalize district schools.
    Since the district doesn't get all the bond funds at once, a board-approved phasing plan for bond projects is being implemented. The district's Facilities Planning and Construction Division manages the bond program..
    Bond projects include classroom technology, safety and security upgrades, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades, new/renovated facilities for College, Career and Technical Education, temporary classrooms replaced by permanent classrooms, air conditioning, ADA improvements to athletic facilities, turf fields, and other capital improvements at traditional and charter schools throughout the district. 
    All district schools have benefited from the bond program through classroom technology upgrades. The first priority for the Prop. S bond program was to provide 21st century technology that would improve the teaching and learning environment for all students. The five-year phased program provided interactive classrooms at all schools and individual computing devices for each student. 
    In addition to the classroom technology, more than 80 construction projects have been completed since 2008, more than 20 are in construction, and approximately 40 are in design. Per the Board of Education's direction, 2,000 of the district's hottest classrooms are also being air conditioned under an accelerated program.          
    For information on Propositions S and Z, visit www.sandi.net/Facilities, e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604. Media inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor, at creed-porter@sandi.net or 619-546-3378.   
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  • David Wells Field Gets a Makeover

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 1/14/2015 3:35:00 PM
    San Diego Unified School District recently completed a major renovation project on the David Wells Field at Dana Middle School in Point Loma. The completion of the new, synthetic-turf baseball field and other amenities was celebrated with an dedication ceremony and official ribbon cutting before the winter break.
    The field, which is located on the southeast side of Dana Middle School, is shared by the middle school and Point Loma High School. The middle school students will use the outfield as a multipurpose field for physical education during their school day, and the high school's varsity and junior varsity baseball teams will use the field for practices and games when the middle school isn't in session.
    Community members, parents, students and school staff joined School Board Trustee Mike McQuary, former trustee, Scott Barnett; Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former Major League Baseball player and new head baseball coach for Point Loma High School, David Wells, Point Loma High School Principal Hans Becker, Dana Middle School Principal Scott Irwin, and Chief Facilities Planning & Construction Officer Lee Dulgeroff at the Dec. 4 dedication ceremony.
    Construction began on the $1,521,204 renovation project during the summer and was completed in September. The project included replacing the existing natural grass baseball field with synthetic turf and reconstructing the bull-pen areas, installing a new centerfield fence with access gates and wind screen, utility upgrades and field logos. A brown turf strip was installed along the outside of the baseball field, so the middle school students have a designated running track for PE classes.
    The upgrades were funded by Proposition Z, San Diego Unified's bond measure that was passed by San Diego voters in 2012 to renovate, repair and revitalize district schools.
    For more details on phase one and the proposed phase two of the baseball field improvements, please visit the following website https://fpcprojects.sandi.net/Pages/Reports.aspx?SchoolName=9080 (scroll down to "Project Schedules").
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  • Celebration Showcases Students in CPMA's New Performing Arts Center

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 12/8/2014 8:15:00 AM
    Trustee Evans speaking at dedication ceremony  "Arts instruction is not an extra," Board Trustee Dr. John Lee Evans said. "It is an essential component of our broad and challenging curriculum in our schools."
    Trustee Evans recently addressed students, parents, neighbors, district leaders and city officials as SanDiego Unified celebrated the completion of the new state-of-the-art performing arts center and whole sitemodernization project at Creative, Performing & Media Arts (CPMA) Middle School. Scott Thomason, CPMA principal, welcomed guests and served as emcee for the official dedication ceremony that showcased the school's crown jewel. Other guest speakers Abby Hickman, CPMA student; Cathy Hickman. CPMA teacher; and Lee Dulgeroff, the school district's chief Facilities Planning & Construction officer.

    As guests arrived for thCPMA student dancerse Nov. 18 festivities, the school's jazz band performed a selection of tunes. After the dedication ceremony, guests were treated to instrumental music performances, singing and dancing that featured CPMA students, as well as tours of the new performing arts center and other campus upgrades that the Clairemont school received from the Proposition S bond program.Student actors Students in the College, Career & Technical Education (CCTE) video program videotaped the event for posterity.
    According to Michael Reynolds, CCTE program specialist, CCTE's "Intro to Video" course for grades 6-8 is integrating the performances into its program so that the video students can hone their skills with "live-event experiences" and live broadcasts during the students' news show.  
    "The dedication of this fine arts facility is another sign of a resurgence of quality schools across Clairemont Mesa," Trustee Evans said. "This is a good example of the community and the district working together for quality schools in every neighborhood. This beautiful facility will serve all of the schools in the area, as well as other organizations in this community."
     CPMA Performing Arts Center
    The new 20,600-square-foot performing arts center was constructed on the east side of the CPMA campus. It features a 432-seat theater, two music classrooms, scene shop, green room, control room, ticket booths, restrooms, as well as support and storage spaces. 
    Students also gained a new black box theater in one of the spaces renovated during the school's whole site modernization project. Nearly every classroom and building underwent renovations that included upgrades in heating/ventilation/air conditioning, lighting and technology. New fencing and landscaping were installed in front of the school. In addition, the food service facilities were remodeled, a new food service kiosk was constructed, the school's auditorium was remodeled, shower/locker areas were renovated, and walkways were improved.

    The more than $21 million project at CPMA was funded by Propositions S, one of San Diego Unified's capital improvement bond measures. For more details on this project, please visit CPMA and scroll down to "Project Schedules."
    For more details on CCTE and its programs, click CCTE or call 858-503-1758. Visit the Propositions S and Z website for more information on the capital improvement bond program. You may also e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604 if you have questions about Props. S & Z. Media inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor, at creed-porter@sandi.net or 619-546-3378.  
    The photos were courtesy of Ralph LoVuolo, Jr.
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  • Loma Portal Elementary gets a field for its 100th birthday

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 11/6/2014 4:20:00 PM
    Loma Portal ES ribbon cutting Loma Portal Elementary School recently turned 100, and it received a new synthetic turf and track just in time its centennial celebration.  its new turf field with a jog-a-thon and dedication ceremony. Hundreds of students, parents, community members and staff celebrated the installation of the new field and track with a dedication ceremony on Oct. 16.

    Point Loma High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps color guard began the dedication ceremony with the presentation of colors. Principal Penh welcomed guests and introduced the guest speakers that included Lucas Costanza, Anissa Nunez and Billy Blackwell, all fourth-graders at Loma Portal ES; and Lee Dulgeroff, Chief Facilities Planning & Construction Officer. The event culminated with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting.  Immediately following the ribbon cutting, the students and staff inaugurated the new facilities with school's jog-a-thon.  

    Loma Portal ES jog-a-thon  The field project included the installation of 17,000 square feet of synthetic turf play field and an asphalt track that replaced a decomposed granite play field. The nearly $350,000 project was funded by the school district’s Proposition Z, the capital facilities bond measure approved by voters in 2012.
    For more information on Loma Portal's capital improvement projects click Loma Portal Elementary School, and scroll down to "Project Schedules."  For information on Propositions S and Z, visit www.sandi.net/Facilities, e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604. Media inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor, at creed-porter@sandi.net or 619-546-3378.  
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  • District reaches out to disabled-veteran-owned businesses

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 11/5/2014 3:00:00 PM
    San Diego Unified School District's Facilities Planning & Construction Division is implementing a highly successful Business Outreach Program that strives to ensure that emerging, small and underutilized businesses have viable opportunities to participate in all Propositions S and Z construction projects. To ensure small, minority-, women- and disabled veteran-owned companies are aware of these contracting opportunities, the district has set specific goals. 
    One of the goals was to increase the level of participation Disabled-Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises (DVBEs) in bond-funded construction projects to to 4.5 percent in 2014. The district not only surpassed the state requirement of 3 percent, but it increased its participation to 12.52 percent in 2014, based on the amount of construction dollars awarded to DVBEs.
    Below are a few of the disabled-veteran business owners who have benefited from the Business Outreach Program and working on San Diego Unified construction projects. 
    Brian Alston Brian M. Alston, owner in My Electrician, Inc. in Temecula, is a former Marine who suffered service-related back injury. Before he started his own electrical company five years ago, he worked with Berg Electric of San Diego for approximately five years.

    His company began contracting with San Diego Unified through the micro-projects that are specifically designed by the district's Business Outreach Program to help small construction-related contractors do business with the school district.

    "San Diego Unified helped me get started with public works projects," Alston said. "They (the business outreach team) linked me up with general contractors and helped me with the process."

    "Being a DVBE with San Diego Unified helped me get my foot 'in the door' with other public works contractors as well," Alston continued. "It made me valuable as a subcontractor."

    Marquee installation at Ocean Beach ES  He started out with a San Diego Unified micro-project or approximately $1,000. Now, he has gets single jobs for as much $400,000, and he has had a couple of those at the same time. Alston says that 100 percent of his company's contracts are DVBE. He now does work with Caltrans, the City of Murrieta, the City of San Diego, California Fish & Wildlife and the California Highway Patrol. Currently, My Electrician, Inc., is installing several marquees at San Diego Unified schools including Ocean Beach and Dewey elementary schools.

    Alston now has four employees, one of which is also a former Marine. One of his former employees was a veteran as well. He said he believes in helping and mentoring other veterans.

    Asked what he has learned from trying to grow his own business, Alston said, "The most significant thing I learned is to ask questions because there are people out there that want to help. Ask a lot of questions, and use the support that is there."

    As to what has was the most challenging aspect to being a contractor public works projects, Alston said that it was the bonding. It's having enough cash on hand, having previous experience, and managing the cash flow.

    "It's all paid off though," he said.
    Pete Spencer Pete Spencer, owner of Audio Associates in San Diego, has been working with San Diego Unified for approximately 20 years. He's been a public works contractor for 35 years.
    Spencer was in the Coast Guard during the Vietnam War and sustained a head injury during his service.  He started Audio Associates within a year after he was discharged from the Coast Guard.
    "I started gradually with someone who was mentoring me along the way," Spencer said. "I was DVBE certified in 1990, and that certification has opened a lot of doors for me."
    "San Diego Unified has been wonderful," Spencer added. " Others don't require that 3 percent of their contracts (construction-related) be DVBE.    
    Audio Associates integrates technological systems and provides low-voltage electrical upgrades. Currently, the company has a revenue of $3-5 million and 20-25 employees (two of which are veterans). Spencer pointed out that there are a lot of opportunities in technology.
    "Technology doubles every 18 months," he said. "We need to get more people involved and train them in video technology."
    Audio Associates has worked on i21 Initiative, which provides interactive classrooms at each school; various stadium projects, television studios, and the new libraries that were constructed/funded by Prop. MM during 1998-20008. Currently, Audio Associates is working on the new Academy of Business Technology at Clairemont High School. 
    Besides being a business owner, Spencer is also involved in industry-related organizations. He is a member of the board of directors  of the National Electrical Contractors Association. He is also a member of the Joint Apprenticeship Council, which includes labor and management. Through these memberships and his involvement with the labor unions, Spencer actively supports training and apprenticeships. 
    "A lot of military service members participate in the apprenticeships, and a lot of our key people are former military," he said. "We actively seek military personnel."
    Spencer acknowledged that veterans often need help in other areas as they transition into private life. He said that there is counseling available through the unions and military organizations.  
    "What better way to say 'thank you' to someone who was willing to put their life on the line than to give them a job or help them grown their business," Spencer said. 
    Henry Sprague Henry Sprague, owner of Paving Net, an e-commerce construction materials purchasing system based in Long Beach, is providing solar panels to Soltek-Pacific for the new Salk Elementary School's solar carport project. Before starting Paving Net, Sprague was a paving contractor for nearly 30 years.

    In 2000, Sprague and Paving Net were certified as a DVBE in California. Sprague suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

    He has a passionate about the DVBE opportunities.

    "When I got out of the military, people had a negative feeling toward service men and women," he said. "That's changed now."
    Sprague focused his passion for helping disabled veterans get jobs into a concerted effort to get the State of California to set a requirement of 3 percent for DVBE participation in public works projects. According to Sprague, he recruited an old college friend to help him lobby the state legislature for the requirement.

    "Some state agencies had mandatory requirements as far back as the late '90s; but as of July 2009, Assembly Bill X4 21 ushered in
    the mandatory policy," Sprague said. "We helped write and pass the bill."
    San Diego Unified School District takes the DVBE participation requirement very seriously.     

    Solar panels arrrive at new Salk ES "Out of 330 California school districts, San Diego Unified has been the most supportive of the DVBE participation," Sprague noted. "I salute SDUSD, Soltek-Pacific and the state's DVBE participation requirement."  

    According to Sprague, government agencies support the growth of small businesses in California; but the most important aspect is often overlooked.
    "Small businesses need funding to pay their material vendors throughout the construction process," Sprague said. "This is what we are trying to do provide with www.pavingnet.com" 
    San Diego Unified's Business Outreach Program
    The team of Karen Linehan, outreach manager, and Alma Banuelos, business outreach coordinator, implement the district's Business Outreach Program for Facilities Planning & Construction.  The program includes:  
    • Maintaining a database of the small, minority-, women- and disabled veteran owned businesses expressing interest in contracting with the San Diego Unified.
    • Notifying small, minority-, women- and disabled veteran-owned businesses and organizations of construction bidding opportunities via fax, email, social networks and other media.
    • Promoting contracting opportunities at many public outreach events, including those hosted by the Public Agency Consortium (PAC).
    • Issuing the Business Outreach Newsletter each quarter to provide construction bond program updates, contracting information and upcoming bid opportunities.
    • Providing subcontractors with tools to network with general contractors, such as plan holder lists and pre-bid site walk attendance sheets.
    • Developing additional strategies based on stakeholder feedback on how to better serve emerging, small and underutilized businesses.

    For more information on the district's Business Outreach Program, visit Doing Business With Facilities Planning & Construction.     

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  • Latest CCTE facility opens at Hoover High

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 9/26/2014 12:40:00 PM
    AOIT studio When classes began at Hoover High this year, students in the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT)were greeted with a new facility and equipment. AOIT is a College, Career & Technical Education (CCTE) program that serves 300 students.
    The more than $2 million renovation project involved remodeling the existing 5,400-square-foot second floor area of Building 700 into an integrated media communications technology facility that enables students to gain hands-on experience with equipment they would encounter in the industry. The existing space was stripped and reconstructed to include:
    • AOIT classroom Soundproof systems lab with a control room
    • Three multimedia editing bays and one soundproof studio editing bay
    • Server room with a dedicated 24-hour climate control system
    • Two classrooms with a total of 68 student workstations
    • Two instructors’ offices
    • Meeting room
    • Two storage rooms
    The district's Facilities Planning & Construction Division and CCTE work together to design, plan and construct new facilities for the various CCTE programs, most of which are located on high school campuses. The construction projects are funded by San Diego Unified's Props. S and Z, with matching funds from California's Prop. 1D. The CCTE projects (completed, under construction and planned) represent an investment of nearly $80 million into the district's students and school communities.
    Hoover's AOIT was established in San Diego in 2003 by an innovative teacher and visionary, Ellen Towers. This small learning community, or school-within-a-school, began with only 35 eleventh-graders, four willing teachers (one English, one U.S. history, one web design and one chemistry), and a room equipped with 30 computers. The following year, the AOIT quadrupled its size with 60 tenth-graders and 60 eleventh-graders. Today, this innovative program is a model academy boasting 300 students, 11 full-time teachers and eight classrooms with adjoining computer labs.

    The AOIT program continually cultivates a powerful, cohesive, personalized and small learning community within the larger, comprehensive high school. Students voluntarily join the academy through a recruitment process conducted each January of the school year. Once AOIT members, students enroll in elective courses in web architecture, social media marketing, technical support services, geographical information systems, and multimedia. Students receiving an “A” or “B” in these elective courses are eligible for college credit through an agreement with the San Diego Community College District. These elective courses are paired with content area classes such as world history, U.S. history, English, chemistry and biology.
    Teachers plan together across the curriculum in teams and create technology-driven projects that emphasize core content knowledge in a standards-driven curriculum. This integrated approach to curriculum often uses authentic and relevant project-based learning strategies to motivate students. In addition, because students have access to cutting-edge technology in all AOIT classes, they soon realize that developing advanced technological skills help them with college and career goals. This helps to further motivate students to become excited about the future. Technological integration into the core subjects inspires students to attend school and to learn more.
    To date, the  district has built/remodeled 18 CCTE facilities for programs that include automotive technology, broadcast journalism, business management, child development, construction/green construction, culinary arts, engineering, graphic design and screen printing, information technology, motion picture, multimedia and broadcast production, as well as sustainable technologies (power and energy).
    Three additional CCTE facilities are currently under construction. They include an Academy of Business Technology, a production studio and a biomedical sciences facility. Another five facilities are in the planning and/or design phase including an Academy of Engineering & Design and four other facilities for construction, fabrication and design, culinary arts and sustainable technologies.
    For more details on CCTE and its programs, click CCTE or call 858-503-1758. Visit the Propositions S and Z website for more information on the capital improvement bond program. You may also e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604 if you have questions about Props. S & Z. For information on other projects at Hoover, click Hoover High School, and scroll down to "Project Schedules."  Media inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor, at creed-porter@sandi.net or 619-546-3378.
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  • Language Academy celebrates campus upgrades

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 8/26/2014 12:15:00 PM
    Language Academny ribbon cutting
    San Diego Unified School District’s Language Academy officially dedicated its newly revitalized campus complete with new, green classroom buildings, a new student drop-off/pick-up area and campus-wide air conditioning. On July 16, more than 700 students joined parents, community members and district leaders for this celebratory event at the College Area school.

    Students led the Pledge of Allegiance in English, Spanish and French. (Language Academy offers bilingual immersion courses in English, Spanish and French.) Another student sang the National Anthem. Immediately following the dedication ceremony, guests were able to tour two of the new classrooms and see the other improvements. 
    The nearly $11 million two-story classroom project at Language Academy involved replacing 16 portable classrooms with 16 new permanent classrooms. The main facility is a 24,761-square-foot, L-shaped building with 14 classrooms. In addition, the 700 building was expanded by 4,112-square-foot by constructing a new, two-story addition that houses a music classroom and science classroom. These two special classrooms were being added to address the school’s K-8 curriculum needs.

    The design of the new facility provides for sustainable learning and teaching environments by utilizing natural daylight and natural ventilation in all classrooms. The upper-floor balcony and walkway of the new building will include different geometric shapes and color panels with a screen wall system, creating a layering effect with light. The building design will accommodate the future installation of a solar system, which will greatly offset the energy consumption at the site and promote the implementation of green technology.
    A new student drop-off/pick-up area was also constructed off of Montezuma Road, and additional parking was created on campus. Under a separate project, Language Academy received campus-wide classroom air conditioning. The work is part of the Board of Education’s 2013 decision to bring relief to students in the district’s 2,000 hottest classrooms, nurse’s offices, and other critical student spaces. The more than $1 million air conditioning project included: 11 energy efficient rooftop package units, air duct work, programed thermostatic controls, compliant with district energy management standards, and additional electrical panels.
    For more details on the project, click Language Academy, and scroll down to "Project Schedules." For information on Propositions S and Z, visit www.sandi.net/Facilities, e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604. Media inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor, at creed-porter@sandi.net or 619-546-3378.   
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  • Green Elementary School breaks ground on new track

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 6/18/2014 7:10:00 AM
    Green ES Groundbreaking Board of Education President Kevin Beiser joined Green Elementary School students, parents, community members and staff to break ground on a new all-weather track for the school's academic-athletics program.  A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 6 to mark the start of construction on the long-awaited track that will allow all students to participate in the athletic program more fully.
    Lee Dulgeroff,  Daniel Nagel  and students
    Guest speakers at the ceremony were Kevin Tran, first-grader, top runner; Evan Rodriguez, top fifth-grade runner; President Beiser, Lee Dulgeroff, Facilities Planning & Construction executive director; Daniel Nagel, parent, Green ES Track Committee co-chair; Mat Krotrinsky, parent, Green ES Foundation president; and Peg Dermody, parent, Green ES Track Committee co-chair. 
    This project includes the installation of an all-weather, four-lane running track around the school’s current turf field an the concrete pads for future exercise stations. This nearly $300,000 project is funded by the school district’s Proposition Z, the general obligation bond measure approved by voters in 2012. Construction is scheduled to take place this summer and is expected to be complete by August.
    Myron B. Green Elementary is an academic and athletic magnet school in the San Carlos community of San Diego. It offers offer regular, vigorous exercise in addition to rigorous academics to create a sound mind and sound body. 
    For more details on the project, click Green Elementary School, and scroll down to "Project Schedules." For information on Propositions S and Z, visit www.sandi.net/Facilities, e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604. Media inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor, at creed-porter@sandi.net or 619-546-3378. 
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  • Emerson-Bandini's holds last walk-a-thon on DG

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 6/11/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Emerson-Bandini walkathon Emerson-Bandini Elementary School's annual walk-a-thon was recently held on a decomposed granite (DG) playfield at the Emerson campus, but it will be the last time. Preceding the May 30 walk-a-thon, all the Emerson-Bandini students joined their principal, Mirna Estrada; at a groundbreaking ceremony that marked the beginning of construction for the school's new multi-sport, synthetic turf field that will replace the DG. Special guests participating in the ceremony were Richard Barrera, Board of Education trustee; Lee Dulgeroff, executive director of Facilities Planning & Construction; and Ruben Castaneda, sixth-grader and Student Council president.
    Castaneda introduced and recognized his fellow Student Council members; and told all in attendance how important this new field is to the students. Earlier in the school year, he and his fellow council members conducted a petition drive to collect signatures from students and staff student in hopes that they could get will their synthetic turf field installed this year because they were so passionate about the need for the field. 

    Emerson-Bandini groundbreaking The project includes the replacement of the DG playfield with approximately 31,000 square feet of synthetic turf to create a multi-sport field. It also includes a jog/run path around new field. This more than $406,000 project is funded by San Diego Unified School District’s Proposition Z, the general obligation bond measure approved by voters in 2012. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-June with completion anticipated by at the end of August 2014. When completed, the project will benefit the students and community for many years to come.  
    For more details on the project, click Emerson-Bandini ES (Emerson campus) , and scroll down to "Project Schedules." For information on Propositions S and Z, visit www.sandi.net/Facilities, e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604. Media inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor, at creed-porter@sandi.net or 619-546-3378.  
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