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City and school district secure funds for junior high school gym

August 07, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The Calexico Unified School District and the city of Calexico have secured state funding for the construction of a gymnasium at De Anza Junior High School.

The gym will cost more than $3 million, to be paid by the school district, the city Redevelopment Agency and more than $1.7 million from the State Allocation Board.

The exact amount that will be spent by the RDA will be determined later because the project hasn't gone to bid.

Bidding on the project will be open to all interested parties at 10 a.m. Sept. 25.

Once the bid is awarded, a financial agreement between the district and the city will be drafted.

CUSD Superintendent Roberto Moreno said, "We won't be requesting more than $750,000 from the RDA, and depending on the bid, it could be less than that."

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The district will pay for a bigger portion of the project than the city because, even though the city and the school will share use of the gym, some sections — the locker rooms and coaches' offices — will not be used by the city.

"Our commitment to the city is that they not share in the cost of those facilities," Moreno said.

The gym will be available for school activities when school is open, according to Simon Lopez, CUSD's director of modernization.

"The guarantee is that we will make at least 20 hours a week available to the city. In the summer the city could have access to the gym for 40 hours a week," Lopez said.

Moreno said, "The school is really excited about the gym."

De Anza opened in 1957 without a gym.

He added the De Anza gym will allow the city to rotate events with Calexico High School's Varner Gym and allow the city to expand its activities on the west side of town in an air-conditioned environment.

Moreno hopes construction of the gym is finished by the end of March 2002.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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