Mira Loma Science Wing Gets Started

Carmichael, CA  |  By Susan Maxwell Skinner
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Staff, students and San Juan School District officials brave the rain to break ground for Mira Loma High School’s $27 million science wing. Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A fifth high school project funded by San Juan School District’s Bond Program made a ceremonial start last week. Staff, students and District representatives shoveled mud as construction machinery arrived on a soggy Mira Loma High School campus.  At a cost of $27 million, the school’s new science wing will open in fall of 2020.

Mira Loma already hosts one of the top science programs in Sacramento but with 1800 pupils (all of whom take science) its Edison Avenue campus is overcrowded. Eight science teachers currently wheel equipment on carts between classes. Their new facility will allow large, dedicated rooms and increase education space by 30,000 square feet. State-of-the-art chemistry, physics and earth science rooms will be augmented by an outdoor learning area. “This project validates our programs and belief in being the premier science school in our area,” said Principal Lynne Tracy.

The wing will be built by DPR Construction. A bond measure passed by area voters in 2012 funds its cost; the tax has enabled signature facilities in four other San Juan high schools. These include performing arts centers for Rio Americano and El Camino; a student union facility at Casa Roble and a science wing for Bella Vista.

San Juan District’s “Signature” program will also fund future facilities for Mesa Verde, San Juan, Encina and Del Campo High Schools.