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School district unveils new STEM school

VIPs cut the ribbon to the new STEM school. Shown are (from left) Carlos Ulloa, principal Mission Middle School, Doug Paulson, board member; Joan Gardner, board member; Dr. Joe Muga, board member; Dr. Gary Altenberg, board member; Zesty Harper, board president (holding the scissors) Dr. Luis Ibarra, superintendent Escondido Union School District; Sam Abed, Mayor of Escondido, Ed Gallo, city council and Kirk Effinger chairman, Independent Citizens Oversight Committee Prop. E. Picture courtesy of SVPR Communications

The Escondido Union School District (EUSD) September 14 held the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Math and Science Building at Mission Middle School on 939 E Mission Ave.

The $7.5 million, 16,884 square foot, state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) facility has six classrooms, four science labs, two project rooms, and two instructor collaboration rooms. The building took 7 months to complete and is comprised of 36 modules that were built off-site.  The building is designed for high energy efficiency, with six-inch walls, efficient air conditioning and lighting, and fins on exterior windows to block direct sunlight but allow ambient light.  This is the first building that reflects EUSD’s new open concept, project-based learning rooms with garage doors and exposed concrete floors.

The new Math and Science Building was funded by Escondido voters through Proposition E, which was approved on November 4, 2014, and authorized $182.1 million in General Obligation Bonds for school modernization and facilities improvement.

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