Construction on $10 Million Science Wing Well Under Way


Emiliano Zapata

The science wing is scheduled to be completed some time next school year

Juan Vasquez, Assistant Managing Editor

Construction has begun on a new science wing at the high school and will fulfill a need for more science space at the school.

The campus has aging labs and classrooms and has lacked space for all the science needs for a long time. Voters approved the project in a bond election to supply the money needed for construction two years ago.

“About $10 million was our estimated budget,” Superintendent Arturo Almendarez said, “We tried to reel it in to about eight or nine but we have ended up spending the amount estimated.”

District leaders hope that the science construction will be ready for the 2020-21 school year.

“However, it is possible it won’t be ready until the end of the first semester,” Almendarez said.

The science wing has been in the works for nearly four years.

“I am very excited for the new science wing,” science department head Christi Hibbetts said. “The new classrooms have more space and more variation in their design, allowing more engaging labs for the students.”

The science building has been long anticipated by the teachers.

“This is an old building, an old classroom,” Hibbetts said. “As science and technology has been advancing we need to continue to up our game. There’s some stuff in our rooms that are faulty, such as our sinks …”