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Hart breaks ground for facelift

New science building, music wing are on the way

Posted: May 28, 2009 9:01 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Amid mounds of earth, Hart High Principal Collyn Nielsen addresses the attendees of the Hart High Science building groundbreaking on Thursday.

 

With a heave of soil from gold-paint-tipped shovels, Hart High School marked a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the school’s modernization project, set to begin this summer.

“This is a very momentous day for us, as we embark on a 16-month modernization project that will see 70 percent of our permanent classroom space updated and the addition of a 16,000-square-foot science facility,” said Hart High School Principal Collyn Nielsen.

Before the school year ends, 28 Hart teachers will pack up and clear their rooms to make way for the construction that will take place over the summer, he said.

School district officials anticipate that the classrooms in the north F building, C building, J building and M building will be ready for students when school resumes in the fall, he said.

Throughout the school year, the rest of the F building will be modernized. The new science building should be completed by the end of the fall semester, he said.

“And by the time this first phase of modernization is completed in the fall of 2010, we will also have a brand-new music wing next to the auditorium and modernized K and E buildings,” Nielsen said.

William S. Hart Union High School District Superintendent Jaime Castellanos expressed his pride in, and hope for, Hart’s much-needed modernization.

“I’m just really happy to be part of it,” he said.

Modernization projects have already been completed at Arroyo Seco Junior, Canyon and Saugus high schools. That completed work is seen as a benefit to Hart High School.

“We learned what things work and don’t work in modernization,” said John Ahart, chair of Hart’s science department.

In addition to Hart, projects at Placerita and Sierra Vista junior high schools are under way to update classroom space.

 

 

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