- San Juan Unified School District
Del Campo High School signature project unveiled
The entrance to Del Campo High School will soon look very different as San Juan Unified unveiled concept plans for a brand new “integrated learning building” that will feature next-generation science and career and technical education classrooms.
The Del Campo project is part of San Juan Unified’s high school signature project program that the Board of Education committed to following the passage of Measure N in 2012.
Senior Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations Frank Camarda said the integrated learning building is a great way to enhance the career and technical education programs that have been grown at Del Campo, and bring next-generation science classrooms that every student will use to meet A-G graduation requirements.
“I’m just excited about it,” Principal Richard Nichols said. “It’s a great idea, and a great fit for the school. I’ve been really pleased with what the district’s done to incorporate what we’ve been doing here (with CTE programs).”
A library/media center will be in the middle of the building, where students “can come to enhance learning with flexible furniture, technology devices, books and breakout group meeting areas.”
“It’s really going to be a great building, right out in front of the campus” Camarda said. “It’s going to have a great computer tech room, a broadcast studio, a fire science academy and the science classrooms are really going to anchor the building”
Another unique feature in the concept is a “maker’s space” – which is a shop-style room – that has not been designated for a specific program. How that space is used will be fully determined by the staff.
“I’m really excited about this part, because we have a great building with science and CTE classrooms, and in the middle we have this space – a blank canvas – that the staff can mold into what really serves the students best,” Camarda said.
The Board of Education approved Del Campo’s signature project concept with a 5-0 vote on April 12, but also remained mindful of other needs on the campus.
San Juan Unified conducted signature project forums in 2012 and 2014, and some staff and students called out a need for enhancements to performing arts facilities. However, the upgrades requested at those forums did not meet the full criteria of a high school signature project. Camarda said he and his staff are committed to making needed upgrades for the performing arts program.
Other notes about the project:
- The location in front of campus will require some parking spaces to be removed. The signature project plan includes a new staff parking lot in the back of campus to mitigate that loss.
- With approval, the Del Campo project now enters into the preliminary planning phase where “criteria architects” will better define what the school needs in the building - such as exact square footage and other details. Later, a Design-Build team of a contractor and architect will fully design the building and build it.
For more information on all high school signature projects, visit www.sanjuan.edu/hsprojects.