Summer work in full swing


Projects at 14 schools, transportation yard

(A construction worker cleans up a Bobcat in front of Radcliff Elementary School where major renovation work is underway, including a total rebuild of the main entrance. Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Workers are engaged in construction projects at more than a dozen schools throughout Pajaro Valley Unified School District, all funded by Measure L.

Voters approved the $150 million bond in 2012 to fund numerous badly needed improvements, repairs and upgrades.

The measure added about $38 per $100,000 of assessed value for homeowners in PVUSD.

At Cesar Chavez Middle School, workers are installing and upgrading heating, ventilation and communications systems in every classroom, office and building.

They will also fix the school’s field rendered unusable by a mudslide. That project will expand the exercise and play area.

“As we work on transforming our educational systems, PVUSD Board of Trustees and staff recognize the importance of continuing to create effective learning environments that include upgrading and modernizing our schools,” said Superintendent Michelle Rodriguez. “Students and staff deserve to learn, teach and work in safe and welcoming schools.”

Perhaps most notably, Measure L provides funding for the long-awaited sports field at Pajaro Valley High School. PVUSD officials this week received bids from four contractors hoping to complete the project. The district’s Board of Trustees will likely make a decision later this month.

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Project list

Alianza and Watsonville Charter School of the Arts

• Replacement of failing leach field.

• New P.A. system.

Amesti Elementary

• Renovate parking lot and bus lane, add fencing and landscaping.

Aptos High

• Campus-wide repair of dry rot, gutters and roofing.

Aptos Junior High

• Nine new modular classrooms.

Cesar Chavez Middle

• Repair, install and upgrade heating, ventilation and communications systems.

• Fix playing field.

Freedom Elementary

• New P.A. system.

Lakeview Middle

• Replace carpet in classrooms.

Mar Vista Elementary

• New flooring on multi-purpose room and kitchen

Radcliff Elementary

• New perimeter fence, improvements to front of school

Rolling Hills Middle

• Exterior paint, dry rot repairs

• Remove one portable building

Starlight Elementary

• Replace fire alarm system

Valencia Elementary

• Installation of six new modular classrooms

• ADA upgrades to bathrooms

Watsonville High School

• Modernization of multiple restrooms in wings E and F.

• Replacement of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system

Transportation yard

• Install school bus wash station

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