Board Trustee Kevin Beiser joined Principal Ann Menna, district and community leaders, as well as SRHS students, staff and parents in dedicating the new Sustainable Technologies facility at Scripps Ranch High School on Nov. 29.
The dedication opened up with the presentation of colors by the school's Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Before the presentation of the ceremonial groundbreaking shovel and ribbon cutting ceremony, students Alex Johnson and Shea Polansky told guests what a difference the facility and program have made in their education.
“This is a great day for Scripps Ranch High School and the taxpayers of San Diego,” Trustee Beiser said. “For the community, this facility was not only a great use of taxpayer dollars, it created jobs for San Diego. For the school, it has a great facility to teach students how to develop environmentally friendly technologies such as green construction and renewable energy and utilities. What the students learn here will reach far beyond the school and community.”
“I have toured the classrooms, and I encourage everyone who’s here tonight (at the dedication) to do the same,” Trustee Beiser added. “It’s thrilling to see how excited the teachers and students are about the amazing things they
are accomplishing with the new cutting-edge technology and equipment.”
After the ceremony, guests were invited to tour the classrooms/labs during which they saw model solar car demonstrations, a robot from FIRST Robotics, 3-D modeling, electrical wiring device, a small scale wind turbine, electrical training boards and other examples of sustainable technology.
The new facility houses the Sustainable Technologies Program, which is a unique College, Career & Technical Education (CCTE) program that encompass four emerging, high-growth industry sectors including building trades and construction, engineering and design, transportation, and power and utilities. Instruction will focus on areas such as green construction, renewable energy and utilities, alternative fuels, clean transportation, and innovative engineering and design.
The design and construction of this CCTE facility was funded by California Proposition 1D and local Proposition S (2008 bond measure). This project represents an investment of approximately $7 million into Scripps Ranch High School and the Scripps Ranch community.
For more details on this facility and program or CCTE, visit www.sandi.net/CCTE or call 858-503-1758. For information on Prop. S, visit www.sandi.net/PropS, e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 619-725-7252. Media inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Reed-Porter, facilities communications supervisor, at 619-725-5579.