MEASURE H Academy high school

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Oxnard Union High School District continues to move forward with its plans for a new high school in Camarillo and the construction of a pool at Adolfo Camarillo High. Both projects are to be funded through Measure H, a ballot initiative passed by voters in 2004.

Steve Dickinson, the district’s assistant superintendent of business and facilities, updated members of the Measure H Bond Oversight Committee on the status of the projects during a June 10 committee meeting

The district plans to build a 700-student academy and performing arts center on farmland behind the Camarillo Library on Las Posas Road.

Groundbreaking on the $60-million project will not occur until the unincorporated land can be annexed by the City of Camarillo.

The city must seek approval from the Local Agency Formation Commission, which authorizes boundary changes.

As part of the annexation process with the formation commission, Dickinson said, an environmental study is being written by the district. The report will look at how the new school will affect traffic and utility and sewer services, among other items.

The district wants to break ground at the site of the new high school in January and open the school by fall 2015.

Meanwhile, Bakersfield-based S.C. Anderson construction is building a new concrete pool and aquatic center at Camarillo High.

Earth Systems of Southern California, a Ventura engineering company, is conducting soil tests at the site to ensure proper grading of the pool. The tests are required by the state.

“The soil quality is outstanding, from what I hear, and (Earth Systems) is extremely pleased with the compaction of the soil,” Dickinson said.

The pool is expected to be completed in January, with the facilities open to students in June 2014.

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