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Serra High School announces multi-million dollar campus improvements
March 17th, 2010

Junipero Serra High School announced March 10 that the City of San Mateo has given approval of Phase II of the school’s master plan for campus improvements. Groundbreaking for the $21 million project has been set for June 2010 and the facilities scheduled for use by August 2011.

“Serra students deserve the best,” Lars Lund, Serra president said.”It is our responsibility to provide them with the best facilities possible to meet our standards of excellence.”

The project includes a new Center for the Arts and Sciences that “features the latest instructional technology to maximize students learning” … equipped with “Smart Board and digital camera technology, student laptops, and wireless computer connectivity,” according to the information released by the school.

Planned improvements include five new science lecture laboratories for biology, chemistry and physics; classrooms that integrate current advanced technology; new facilities for yearbook, newspaper and films; a new broadcasting studio; expanded opportunities for engaging students in real world communication; a larger art room dedicated to painting, drawing and 3-D art; a new ceramics room; increased display and work space in the adjacent arts plaza; state-of-the-art band rehearsal and choral space; recording facilities; a Green Room for the Theater Arts Program; a work room for instrument repair; expanded classroom space; a meeting room to accommodate family conferences; a separate small-group tutoring/collaborative study classroom; a new, swimming pool with standard dimensions for competitive high school water polo and swimming; bleachers; expansion of summer programs including the Serra Swim School.

“We can’t wait to get started with construction,” said Serra Principal Barry Thornton. “We are excited that this project will allow us to continue to move forward as the finest college preparatory school for young men.”

The construction site is separated from the working campus, according to Serra. All possible measures will be taken to ensure that classrooms are quiet and that construction noise is contained to the fullest extent possible.

The completed Phase I of the plan included construction of a new sports complex with an all-weather sports track, artificial turf football field that also accommodates soccer and lacrosse, and a stadium with seating for approximately 2,000. The complex also contains a refreshment booth, weight room and practice facility for wrestling teams, and a storage area. Bleachers were also added to the already existing baseball field.

From March 19, 2010 issue of Catholic San Francisco.



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