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Groundbreaking ceremonies set for Holtville High School science building

January 24, 2002|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — The Holtville Unified School district will have the official ground-breaking for the new Holtville High School science building at 11 a.m. Friday.

Construction, though, has already begun.

A few weeks ago TSI/Tenant Space Inc., of Brawley, installed fencing and put a construction trailer on the site. Cecil Atkins, division manager of the company's public works division, headquartered in Brawley, has set a completion date for April.

HUSD Superintendent Pat Maruca said, "it appears that it was at least 35 years ago that there was any new construction in the district."

The bulk of the funding for the nearly $1 million building was received in the form of a grant from the state Office of Public School Construction. The district's general fund will provide the remaining third, $330,477.

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Those expected to participate in the ceremony include members of the HUSD Board of Trustees; Juan Leal, Holtville High principal; David Avila and David Hardin, science teachers at Holtville High; Joshua Drye, student representative to the school board, and Jonathan Velasco, Holtville High student body president.

Leal said the school's science teachers have been having to "make do" with makeshift facilities. He said students and teachers are excited about using "real" labs and not having to do their dissecting outside.

Hardin, a teacher for 33 years, has taught science at Holtville High for 10 years.

"The new science building is going to be much, much nicer, not only for the teachers but for the students," Hardin said. "I am really looking forward to being able to use it. Now we can actually have labs where the students can learn in comfort. This is going to be a major improvement."

District residents are invited to the brief ceremony. Refreshments will be served from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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