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Holtville High to get new science building

October 27, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — There is joy in the Carrot Capital.

Word was received Thursday guaranteeing state funding for a new science building at the high school.

Holtville Unified School District Superintendent Pat Maruca was notified by the state Office of Public School Construction that nearly $670,000 would be available for construction costs. The building is scheduled to be ready for next school year.

"I'm thrilled for our students and for our community," said school board Chairman Bill Thornburg Jr. "I would like to thank our interim superintendent Anne Mallory, our present superintendent and all our staff that helped make this happen. In addition, I would like to thank my fellow board members for their commitment to this project as well as future plans to improve classrooms in the district."

David Avila, a Holtville High science teacher for four years, said he was "just floored" when he heard the good news.


"Since the science building was condemned two years ago I have actually moved four times," said Avila. "I am so excited that I can finally offer science the way it should be offered."

The 4,800 square foot building, to be located south of the administration building and east of the library, will be about 1,000 square feet larger than the old science building. It will contain two labs and two classrooms with office and storage space.

Any cost "overages" incurred will be the responsibility of the district. The project is expected to cost in excess of $988,000. The district portion of the funding will come from the deferred maintenance fund and the general fund reserve.

Advertising for bids will be done Thursday and again Nov. 15. Jimmie Sanders of Jimmie Sanders Architect of Brawley did the project design.

"We will award the bids Nov. 28 based on our ability to finance the project," Maruca said. "We would anticipate giving a notice to proceed on Dec. 18. (The) project completion date is hoped for the end of July."

In regards to updating the five schools in the district, Maruca said two options are available, "going for the passage of a local bond, or waiting for the next state bond measure, which will be on the ballot (in) November 2002.

"I look at this as just a first step in what we hope will be a series of new construction and modernization projects," she said.

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