By Annie Brown
Dear IUSD Community,
This August, IUSD will open Portola High School, Irvine’s fifth comprehensive high school. While there is considerable excitement about the opening of our new school, there continues to be misleading information disseminated in the community about the school site, which is on the former El Toro Marine Base. I would like to take this opportunity to share information with you about IUSD’s actions to ensure the safety of the site.
Throughout the multi-year process, IUSD has worked with all necessary agencies and experts to vet and ensure the safety of the site. In analyzing and determining the best location for Portola High School, IUSD’s process, procedures and findings have been based on the scientific studies, tested principles and protocols of such agencies as the California Department of Education, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the California Department of Public Health, the Department of the Navy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This well-documented and comprehensive process has been provided on our website, presented in Board Meetings, shared with the City Council, discussed at public events and with an array of diverse stakeholders such as the PTA, the Irvine Public Schools Foundation and community …read more
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