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.