EDUHSD improves high school campuses throughout the district

By From page A9 | October 12, 2012

Since voters passed the El Dorado Union High School District’s Measure Q in 2008, the district has completed over $50 million in construction, repair, and renovation at all the high schools throughout the district.

Nearly $8 million in campus improvements were completed this summer. The projects were funded by a combination of State School Facilities Bonds and Measure Q. These projects have helped stimulate the local economy by using local contractors and businesses whenever possible.

Technology improvements have been ongoing throughout the district since the passage of Measure Q, and 2012 was no exception. Over $5 million have been spent on technology infrastructure and classroom equipment since 2008, allowing the district to bring its technological environment, for both teachers and students, up to the expectations of the populace, education system, and employment and college sectors.


Construction projects were carried out at all campuses, with Ponderosa High School receiving the bulk of the work this summer. Ponderosa is in the final stages of a two-summer project that began in 2011 when 17 portables on the northeast corner of campus became eligible for state modernization funding. The estimated 60 percent state share of Ponderosa’s modernization eligibility is $2.9 million.

The 2012 portion of the portable modernization project consisted of the removal of six portable classrooms and the modernization of six portables. The classrooms removed in 2011 and 2012 will be replaced by a permanent building consisting of seven standard classrooms, a computer lab, and staff restrooms. The new classroom building will be complete Dec. 31.

The modernized portables received new roofs, concrete board siding to replace the wood siding, new doors, windows, window coverings, carpet, wall covering, white boards, interactive electronic white boards, ceiling tiles, fire alarm upgrades, HVAC, and data connections. Additional floor joists were added to stiffen up the floor, and the portables were placed on concrete foundations.

The area where the portables were removed was developed into a central courtyard adjacent to the newly modernized portables and the new classroom building, still under construction. The courtyard includes a shade structure and student seating areas. In addition, the exterior of Building K was renovated, including painting the entire building and retrofitting the deteriorated soffit and trellis to better match the campus.

Also completed at Ponderosa were safety and accessibility upgrades to the Administration Building, by widening the interior office doorways, replacing the existing non-compliant staff restroom with two compliant restrooms, and reconfiguring the nurse’s area to provide better access.

The reception counters and the attendance counter were renovated to provide accessibility. The project also included ADA compliant walkways on both sides of the building, technology infrastructure upgrades, and new floor covering. In addition, two portables at the front of the campus were removed and new landscaping installed.  Improvements were also made to the small gym, including a new roof, HVAC units, and window louvers. Renovation of the weight room was also completed.

The Ponderosa projects were designed by ANOVA Nexus Architects Inc. and  constructed by Carter Kelly Inc., both local firms.

Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge High School saw the replacement of four aging portables and modernization of four others. The four modernized portables received new roofs, concrete board siding to replace the wood siding, new doors, windows, window coverings, carpet, wall covering, white boards, interactive electronic whiteboards, acoustical ceiling tiles, HVAC when needed, and data connections. Five portables had their wood foundations replaced with concrete foundations.

Also included in the 2012 project were replacement of the public address, clock, and bell system, HVAC improvements, skylight and roof replacements, and site improvements, including replacement of deteriorating stairs in the quad with new stairs and amphitheater-style seating, and replacing the blacktop and striping in the Administration parking lot, the bus circle, and the physical education blacktop area behind the gym. 

The tennis court area was ground out, recompacted, and repaved, and will soon be resurfaced. The tennis court area was wider than necessary, so it was reduced by 15 feet, leaving it regulation size. This reduction created room for an additional 29 parking stalls. Since the tennis courts are not being used for tennis by either the Physical Education Department or the tennis team, the tennis courts are being set up for physical education activities, but could easily be converted back to tennis courts should the needs change. New fencing was also installed.

The State School Facilities Bond Funds portion of the Oak Ridge improvements is $643,000, with the remainder of the projects funded with Measure Q bond proceeds.  California Design West Architects Inc., designed the project, and Carter-Kelly, Inc. completed the construction.

Union Mine

A new shade structure was added to Union Mine High School adjacent to the cafeteria. The tennis courts were resurfaced, new fencing was installed in the pool area, and the kitchen floor was resurfaced.

El Dorado 

At El Dorado High School, the main campus stairs that lead from the main school building to the upper quad were doubled in width this summer to provide better access for students between classes. The former stairs were only eight feet wide and were significantly crowded during passing periods. The new 16-foot-wide stairs will not only provide better access, but will improve student safety and bring the stairs up to current code.

Tennis court lights were replaced, and the tennis courts were repaired and resurfaced.  A small computer lab was added for Vista High School.


The Independence High School campus saw improvements to the fire and intrusion equipment, power and data upgrades, and renovations to two buildings.

Lastly, new drinking fountains were installed district-wide to comply with SB 1314.

The EDUHSD wishes to thank the community for supporting Measure Q and making all this work possible.

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