The Calexico Unified School District board and its administrators have come to be known for foresight and planning, and their actions to start moving toward creating a second high school in the city show how they gained such a reputation.
Calexico is mushrooming like no other city in the Imperial Valley, and with neighboring Mexicali's continued growth, the North American Free Trade Agreement fully functioning and the Gateway of the Americas project finally appearing as if it might get going full steam, Calexico will only get bigger.
Calexico High is one of the Valley's largest high schools, and that is with only grades 10 through 12, as opposed to every other high school in the Valley having grades 9-12. While the Calexico High campus manages to contain a teeming student body now, continuing growth in the city soon will have it busting at the seams.
The school board and school officials have decided the wise path would be to take the existing William Moreno Junior High School, which is only about 10 years old, expand onto some nearby vacant acreage and make it into a high school. The district then would build a new junior high near Mains Elementary.