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School District breaks ground on new STEM building

Breaking ground Tuesday morning for the new STEM building at Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences. From left: Kirk Effinger, Georgine Tomasi (board member), Doug Paulson (board member), Joe Muga (board member) Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra (superintendent), Mayor Paul McNamara, Albert Ngo (Del Dios principal), Stephanie Jackson (Del Dios Teacher)
Julianna Romero (ASB President), Kathy Lord, Nick Novack (Lusardi) and Kyle Peterson (HMC.)

Tuesday morning Escondido Union School District (EUSD) held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new STEM building at Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This Prop. E construction is part of the Del Dios Academy Master Plan.

EUSD administrators were joined by Board of Education members, Independent Citizens Oversight Committee Members, community partners, educators, and other supporters to celebrate the ceremonial start of construction.

In 2014, voters in EUSD approved Prop. E, a $182 million bond measure to modernize facilities, improve student safety and campus security, and upgrade technology infrastructure. 

The groundbreaking celebrates the upcoming construction of a 26,000-square-foot STEM Center, the first step in a comprehensive, multi-phase master plan for Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Supt. Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra told the gathering, “We imagined and we dreamed and the rest is history!” 

The STEM Center will include 14 classrooms for core subjects and four flex-science classrooms, a 10-work-station faculty lounge, restrooms, and other support spaces. 

The Del Dios master plan is designed to increase the potential of one of the largest EUSD properties. In addition to new educational functions and buildings, the site eventually also will house a CIF-regulation sports complex, including a new track and football field, and baseball and softball fields. 

Artist’s conception of the exterior of the new STEM building at Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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