Construction is under way on the West Valley High School campus in Cottonwood.
“We thought it was real important to get moving because we told the community how badly the bond was needed, and we want them to know we were serious,” said Tim Azevedo, superintendent of the Anderson Union High School District, of Measure C.
Measure C is a $12.3 million facilities improvement bond voters passed in the November 2012 general election for the Anderson Union High School District.
Currently, work is underway to replace the roof on all school buildings, as well as putting in the new duct work for the new HVAC system.
“It will be nice in the fall for students to sit in a room that is comfortable and not 95 degrees,” Azevedo stated.
The restrooms on campus are also being re-done, because many had not been touched since the high school was built, and they do not meet today’s standards, he explained.
The quad area at both West Valley and Anderson Union high schools is also being replaced due to root damage from trees.
“The dirt is so hard that the tree roots stayed closer to the surface and torn up the asphalt and cement, which creates safety hazards for the students,” noted Azevedo. “The roots have been taken cares of, and new asphalt and cement will be poured to create a level surface again.”
He added the classrooms at West Valley will still look the same in the fall as they did this past school year because there wasn’t enough time to get the new HVAC system and technology cables installed in the classrooms, and then have someone come in to paint and replace the flooring.
Instead, those finishing improvements will be made next summer, which is also when the new HVAC system and roof for the cafeteria/library building at Anderson High will be installed.