It is always exciting to start a new calendar year. In Vista Unified, we are particularly excited because we have just completed the construction of two large Measure LL Facility Bond projects and one of the classroom buildings on the largest project is ready to move into. Thanks to the taxpayers of the City of Vista, our students and staff are now moving into new state-of-the-art facilities that represent the very best in modern construction, technology, and safety. These new facilities will enable us to fully realize our system portrait to create joyful, innovative, rigorous, and equitable learning environments.
The project at Vista Magnet Middle School includes a front entry restoration paying homage to the original design intent of the school when it was built more than forty years ago. We even consulted with the Vista Historical Society to make sure that the project best captured the historical qualities of Vista. The front facade does not just look good, it provides much-needed shade and protection from inclement weather. A group of student bond ambassadors also provided input to the architect on the project to create an historical plaza that will serve as a gathering place for students during the school day and for extracurricular activities after school. The project also included the redesign of the parking lot that not only serves the schools but also the community during community events after hours.
The new Career Technical Education Complex at Rancho Buena Vista High School adds two more career pathway options for students in the areas of construction, welding, and metalworking. This new facility was designed to meet industry standards so that the tools and projects students engage with are identical to the real-world environment and prepare students for apprenticeship programs to give them options for college and careers upon successful completion of the program of study. There is so much interest in this new facility that there is a waiting list of students who have signed up to take the courses.
The third project that is partially move-in ready is the new facility at Vista High School. This is the largest Measure LL Facility Bond project to date, aimed at replacing over 63 relocatable classrooms with two new buildings on the front and rear of the campus. These new buildings will provide 28 classrooms, 4 flex classrooms, 10 science laboratories, a complete JROTC complex, and a huge athletic training facility, including a new athletic courtyard. Students and staff will be moving into Building S in January and Building T in the summer.
These Measure LL Facility Bond projects are fulfilling our promise to the community to repair, upgrade, and equip classrooms, science labs, and local school facilities supporting college readiness, career preparation, math, science, engineering, technology, and skilled trades; repair aging classrooms/schools including deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical; improve student safety/school security.
Please visit our Measure LL webpage to access more details about our exciting construction progress