By Ian Hanigan
This week, the IUSD Board of Education engaged in a marathon discussion over the district’s fifth comprehensive high school and a possible alternative location.
No action was taken by the board on Tuesday night, but district staff and consultants delivered a detailed presentation that covered the pros and cons associated with both sites, as well as IUSD’s mitigation agreements with developers, the state’s process for site approval, joint-use possibilities with the City of Irvine, timing and the financial implications of switching locations.
With residential development on the rise, IUSD has repeatedly articulated the need to open a fifth comprehensive high school in the fall of 2016 to prevent significant overcrowding at its other high school campuses. To that end, the district and its partnering developers have agreements in place for a 40-acre chunk of property near the northeast border of the Orange County Great Park, generally referred to as Site A.
But a member of the Irvine City Council has proposed an alternative parcel for the school, and on Sept. 10 the City Council voted to offer 40 acres of city-owned land on the west side of the Great Park, known as Site B, for the district’s consideration.
IUSD is now reviewing both sites. …read more
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