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The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District’s groundbreaking for the new nearly $22 million futuristic 38-room classroom complex at Ernest Righetti High School is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6.

Campus expansion is being undertaken to increase permanent classroom capacity, eliminate portable classrooms, advance new technology and will incorporate many learning tools from the district’s demo “Classroom of the Future”, which was at ERHS last year for feedback. It featured moveable whiteboard walls, mounted big screen monitors with the capacity to display from the teacher’s tablet, desks and chairs on wheels that separate easily into different arrangements and other learning aids.

“Most school buildings constructed in the 21st Century have a 20th Century or even 19th Century classroom design,’’ said Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson. “These classrooms do little to prepare students for the environment outside or after high school. We must educate our students in a setting that will emulate the experiences they will have in life.’’

The design for the new construction also includes four classrooms that can be combined for a large area. Buildings will be placed on the west side of campus, an area that currently has a parking lot and a maintenance and operations building. That structure and outbuildings have been relocated.

Construction on the project utilizes C-2004 Bond funds.

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