By Ian Hanigan
The date is set for the groundbreaking of IUSD’s fifth comprehensive high school.
The Board of Education, district staff and local dignitaries will gather for a special ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on Thursday, Oct. 16. The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. at the future site of the new campus, which will be located on the south side of Irvine Boulevard, west of Alton Parkway. (Click to enlarge the map below.)
Because there’s not exactly a parking lot yet, guests are encouraged to carpool. For safety reasons, they’re also encouraged to wear flat, closed-toe shoes.
Irvine’s next high school may not have an official name — more on that in a second — but it does have a targeted opening date. If all goes as planned, the state-of-the-art campus will welcome its first batch of freshmen in August 2016. That’s significant, because enrollment projections indicate IUSD will need a fifth comprehensive high school in place to accommodate thousands of new homes — and to prevent overcrowding at Irvine, Northwood, University and Woodbridge high schools.
In 2011, IUSD and its developer partners reached a tentative agreement on the school’s location, setting the stage for …read more
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