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Summer does not mean school is out for everybody at the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.

Staff has been busy planning, designing, enhancing and constructing new facilities for about 8,500 students and the Santa Maria Valley.

“It’s great to see these projects taking place, as they show our commitment to maintain and improve facilities for students and staff,’’ said acting superintendent John Davis. “The work is being done to increase permanent classroom capacity, eliminate portable classrooms, advance new technology and incorporate new 21st century learning tools.’’

Construction on the new SMJUHSD Career Technical Education Center/Ag Farm is moving forward and is about 70 percent complete, according to director of support services Gary Wuitschick. The 25-acre property, which is north of the Elks Rodeo Grounds and east of Highway 101, will accommodate about 500 students and staff. The estimated completion date is December.

The center will allow for a variety of student projects with animal pens, livestock corrals, barn and farming land. The CTE area will have workshops, classrooms, a commercial kitchen and a pavilion. The estimated cost is about $20 million, paid for through C-2004 Bond Funds and Measure H of 2016.

At Santa Maria High School, plans for the 50 classroom/administration building have been submitted to the Division of State Architects for approval. The three-story 88, 774 square-foot structure will face Morrison Avenue and feature visitor parking and a bell tower. The structure's architectural design will complement the older buildings and incorporate energy-savings measures such as LED lighting and modern climate control systems. It will be paid for through Measure H, which was passed by voters in 2016, and is expected to be completed in spring of 2022. The Saint track will also be resurfaced.

At Pioneer Valley and Delta High Schools, energy-saving lighting is being installed.

Throughout the district including Righetti High School, plastering, painting, carpet cleaning and other maintenance projects will be completed before school starts on August 12.

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