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New Loma Vista location opens this week, other Chico Unified construction continues

CHICO — A brand new building for Chico Unified School District’s Loma Vista program is opening to students this week as several other construction projects remain underway for the district.
The improvements are made possible thanks to Measure K, the district’s $152 million bond measure voters approved in November 2016.
Loma Vista, the district’s special services school with a preschool, has a new state of the art building that is energy efficient with improvements such as abundant natural lighting, a covered bus drop off area and a uniquely designed playground with separate “pod” areas and innovative play equipment. Its entrance stands out with a yellow entrance and modern sign and the boldness continues inside with a colorful tiled wall and classrooms of various hues.
The new is adjacent to the old campus on the 2400 block of Marigold Avenue, which will be demolished this summer and converted into more parking.
“Our goal is to improve parking and off-street drop off and pick up,” said Kevin Bultema, district assistant superintendent with the business services division.
Construction is also underway at Marigold School, just next door. A two-story structure is being built and should be finished by the start of the next school year. The new building will house fourth and fifth graders and a new library. A new multipurpose room and administrative offices will also be built, with estimated completion in 2021.
Eight new classrooms at Shasta School should be ready by this summer, as well as a new outdoor seating area — the cafeteria there is relatively small, Bultema added — as well as a new kindergarten playground at the school on the corner of Leora Court and The Esplande.
“We’re really happy about that,” he said.
Two buildings at Neal Dow School on Neal Dow Avenue are under construction, including six classrooms and a multipurpose room. Those should be ready for the next school year, Bultema said. After that, some improvements will be made to the current building, including modernization of three classrooms and the library.
Additionally, new classrooms are being designed for Emma Wilson School on the 1500 block of West Eighth Avenue, and the district plans for them to be finished by the end of 2019.

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