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Measure T effects seen everywhere on Brawley Union High School campus

January 11, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Results of the $10 million Measure T bond approved by voters here and in Westmorland in 1998 are apparent on the Brawley Union High School campus.

"It's really pretty exciting to see part of the classrooms in finished states," said Brawley Union High School District Board of Trustees President Tom DuBose on Wednesday.

The first phase has brought the revamping of several classroom wings, two bathrooms and the library.

"We're putting students and staff in brand-new surroundings on an old campus," DuBose said, adding he hopes the changes will motivate students.

The library, smelling strongly of that undeniable "new" scent, is nearly complete and district officials expect it to be functional by the last week of February.


"Besides being a library, it will become more of a technology center," said architect Jimmie Sanders.

Six computer stations will boast 36 to 40 computers for student use in the library.

The new lights are already installed while the new shelving will be put in next month.

Attached to the library is the school's central control room. The main distribution frame for the school's computers as well as the intercom, phone, clock, bell and fire alarm systems all originate in this one location.

When the school stopped using its lockers about seven years ago, the locker areas remained as wasted space not doing the school any good. Now many of those locker areas have been converted to storage rooms.

Walking through the school's math wing, one immediately notices the solid line of windows on the northern walls of the classrooms have been converted to four more energy-efficient squares of glass.

The lights are set on a motion sensor and will automatically turn off when no motion is detected in the room for 15 minutes.

A new air-conditioning system and duct work were installed, ceilings lowered and insulation added in the classrooms.

Two wings of English classrooms are expected to be finished in mid-February, BUHSD Superintendent Garth Isom said.

"Teachers are generally, I think, really happy with (the classrooms)," Isom said.

DuBose is happy that the construction projects could be compressed into a relatively short time frame. DuBose added this year's inconvenience is better than having construction drag out over time.

Plans for phase two have not been set in stone. The district is awaiting state architect approval of plans for a new gymnasium and cafeteria.

Though approval should come within the next 30 days, Isom warns of delays: "Don't hang your hat on that."

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