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Measure D projects underway at Morro Bay High School, SLO High

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Measure D funded projects underway at SLOHS and Morro Bay High School Measure D funded projects underway at SLOHS and Morro Bay High School

School is starting up and students will notice some changes at San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay high schools thanks to Measure D upgrades.

One of the biggest changes at Morro Bay High is the construction of a new swimming pool. The school hasn't had a pool since the 1990s.

"We are hoping to have water in this pool by mid-September and we'd love to be swimming by the end of September," said Anthony Palazzo, facilities director for San Luis Coastal Unified School District.

Construction projects have been underway all summer in preparation for the 2017-18 school year. At San Luis Obispo High, a newly renovated and bigger room is in the works for the robotics and computer lab.

"This is the result of a fire we had last December," Palazzo said.

Three former students are being charged with arson in connection with the destruction of the previous classrooms. Now the clock is ticking to get this new classroom up and running.

"We will be pushing furniture in at the last minute, but it was really important to get this space back up and running for those students," Palazzo said. 

Both schools are getting new gyms, tracks, and tennis courts. SLO High's gym project provides much-needed improvement. The gym was built back in 1939.

"A lot of what you see was original construction that was put in in the 30s and there hasn't really been much done to it since," Palazzo said.

Caution tape, construction signs, ladders, and tools are all over campus in the absence of students.

"You are really going to start to see the construction humming, activity amplified as we move into the 2017-18 school year," Palazzo said.

The projects are being funded by Measure D, a voter-approved, $177 million bond measure in 2014.

"It became very evident that our high schools needed help," Palazzo said.

Several more projects are planned with Measure D funding, from classroom upgrades to new student centers, with the goal to have both schools fully finished and polished by the year 2021.

To learn more about the projects under Measure D, click here.

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