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Brawley breaks ground for gym, cafeteria

May 23, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — High school district officials here broke ground Wednesday on two construction projects — the building of a gymnasium and cafeteria.

In a ceremony that brought together school, city and county representatives, Brawley Union High School officials said by this time next year they will be opening the two facilities.

The projects, which together will cost more than $7 million, are funded for the most part through Measure T funds, bond money approved by district voters in 1998.


In addition, the district has received a $2 million state grant in conjunction with the city of Brawley and the Boys and Girls Club of Brawley to help fund the projects.

BUHS Superintendent Garth Isom credited a spirit of cooperation in the community for allowing the projects to come to fruition.

He said when the gym opens next year, it will allow the high school to host CIF championship events that the school's current gym is too small to host. That gym is more than 50 years old.

School officials called the projects the "crowning jewel" of the Measure T-funded renovation of the BUHS campus.

"The students will benefit from it," Isom told those gathered.

School board President Rodney Arterberry added, "The entire community will benefit."

The new gym, along with the current facility, will be available for public use as will the cafeteria as part of the partnership between BUHS, the city and the Boys and Girls Club. City officials are already talking about possibilities for providing more recreation options.

County Supervisor Gary Wyatt, a former member of the school board, said, "This is something the people wanted to see happen."

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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