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Next phase for South City school construction: District will eventually get two new schools, updated facilities
June 16, 2014, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal

The new football field at El Camino High School will hopefully draw more teams to South San Francisco, district officials hope.

El Camino High School recently debuted its new science wing, complete with biology and chemistry labs in April.

With phase one complete on its facilities construction work, the South San Francisco Unified School District is moving on to phases two and three of its $162 million bond measure.

This summer, the district will replace portables at four elementary school sites and will soon move into replacing Buri Buri and Parkway elementary schools. Updating facilities to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards is also part of the bond measure passed in 2010.

As part of the plan, new sports facilities are coming to South San Francisco and El Camino high schools. The new football field at El Camino has been completed.

“Other teams on the Peninsula didn’t want to participate in games on our fields,” said Superintendent Alejandro Hogan. “They were really bad.”

In addition to the new fields, a new science wing was installed at El Camino, along with Alta Loma Middle School. At Alta Loma, there was new construction of five buildings. At El Camino, the district celebrated the grand opening of its new science wing April 15. The new two-story building consists of six science classrooms and two prep rooms with all new furnishings. Overall, he 2010 bond measured was aimed at providing safe, modern classrooms and for educational support facilities by replacing deteriorated portable classrooms with permanent classrooms. It included repairing deteriorated roofs, providing disabled students access, upgrading science labs, libraries, technology and restrooms. It also focused on enhancing safety, fire detection and security systems. Energy efficiency, replacing outdated electrical, plumbing and heating systems were part of the package as well.

The district is also adding more technology with the upcoming Common Core Standards, that shift to more team collaborative learning and technology in the classroom with computerized Smarter Balanced tests, Hogan said.

“When I came to the district, the infrastructure was dismal,” he said. “We’re already on our way to high capability (with Internet).”

Updates to the technology infrastructure should be done by this December.

“The real test is next year for the Common Core improvements,” he said.

Meanwhile, board President Maurice Goodman said he is excited about the changes happening throughout the district as a result of Measure J and the show of support and trust it shows the community has in the work board members do.

“We continue to have the lowest tax rate in our county,” he wrote in an email. “We have a very involved and dedicated oversight committee and a director (Larry Scott) that is by far one of the best in the region at what he does.”

Construction is expected to wrap up in the 2016-17 school year.

For more information on the projects, go to

(650) 344-5200 ext. 105



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