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More School Construction Set For Visalia

 May 7.2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 2.36.19 PMVISALIA – This summer, work on the new middle school, a two-story classroom building and playgrounds is slated to begin in Visalia Unified School District, thanks to Measure E.

 The new 17,300-square-foot, 16-classroom academic wing at Redwood High School should break ground this summer, if state approval of the designs moves forward as expected. The building, designed by Robert Thornton of Teter AE, Visalia, will be located at the northeast corner of the campus.  It is expected to open in August 2015. The general contractor is Seals/Biehle, Inc., of Visalia.

 The building is estimated to cost over $7 million. If the statewide education bond passes in November, VUSD will be reimbursed nearly $4 million, which can be used to fund additional projects on campuses throughout the district.

 Plans call for site work to begin this summer on the new middle school, to be built at the northwest corner of Riggin and Akers in northwest Visalia. The architect is SIM Architects of Fresno; the builder is Oral E. Micham, Inc., of Woodlake. The campus, slated to open in 2016, will cost an estimated $35 million, but if the state bond passes in November, VUSD will be reimbursed over $19 million.

 Meanwhile, a variety of smaller projects will also be under way this summer. Mineral King, Linwood, Elbow Creek, Goshen, Mountain View and Hurley elementary schools, as well as La Joya middle school and the Visalia Adult School will receive new fencing to create one access point and provide enhanced pedestrian safety.

 New playgrounds will be constructed at Elbow Creek, Golden Oak, Ivanhoe, Mountain View and Houston elementary schools to improve safety and provide access for disabled students.

 For further information Measure E-funded projects, contact Robert Groeber, 730-7529, or Craig Wheaton, 730-7522; or visit

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