By Ian Hanigan
A little more than 15 months after breaking ground on Cypress Village Elementary School, IUSD officials were at it again Thursday, ceremoniously kicking off construction of the new Portola Springs Elementary campus.
But this time around, the celebration conspicuously included dozens of students, many clad in red and black Portola Springs T-shirts. That’s because their school has actually been open since Sept 2, serving its inaugural class at an interim site.
With a backdrop of dirt and earth-moving equipment, the Portola Springs kids watched as Principal Heather Phillips delivered the day’s opening remarks, followed by IUSD Superintendent Terry Walker and Board of Education President Sharon Wallin. Then it was their turn, with many of the younger VIPs taking the stage to perform “America the Beautiful” under the direction of their teachers.
A number of other local dignitaries were also on hand, including school board members Paul Bokota, Lauren Brooks and Ira Glasky; Irvine Mayor Steven Choi and City Councilwoman Christina Shea; Irvine Company Senior Vice President Mike LeBlanc and Vice President of Community Affairs Robin Leftwich; and IUSD assistant superintendents John Fogarty, Eamonn O’Donovan and Cassie Parham.
At a cost of about $33 million, the new Portola Springs campus is on track to open …read more
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