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 Students, Educators Celebrate Montgomery High Modernization

Students, educators and community members gathered Sept. 4 to celebrate the opening of a new gymnasium, administrative offices and classrooms at Montgomery High School in southern San Diego.

“This looks now more like a college than it does a high school, and that’s a good thing,” said John McCann, president of the Sweetwater Union High School District board of trustees and a former teacher at the school.

Students performed music and cheers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which featured speeches by Principal Tom Rodrigo and Interim Superintendent Tim Glover.

“This is your school,” Rodrigo told the crowd of students. “Take pride in it.”

The Facilities unit at the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) helped the Sweetwater Union High School District save enough money on the $23 million project to be able to add administrative offices and additional classrooms to the project, which originally only called for a gymnasium and 10 classrooms.

The district asked personnel with SDCOE’s Educational Facilities Solutions Group for help overseeing the project in 2012. The K-12 Public School Districts and Community Colleges Facility Joint Powers Authority led by the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools worked with the district and contractors to ensure everything went smoothly.

The final project included a two-story gymnasium, additional classrooms, new administrative offices, a renovated lunch court, landscaping, a protected school entrance, and added security cameras throughout the campus.  Construction started 12 months ago. The work was completed in July, when students returned to school.

SDCOE’s Educational Facility Solutions Group provides full project-planning and construction-delivery services and also works with districts throughout the county to help them get state funding for modernization and construction projects.