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NMUSD facilities update bodes well for exciting changes

To illustrate Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s (NMUSD’s) continued commitment to providing enhanced environments for students to continue to thrive in, here are a few updates regarding school facility projects.

Districtwide, NMUSD is in the process of developing a Facility Master Plan that will identify the district’s long-term maintenance and facility needs to continue to provide facilities that support quality educational programs. It is intended to guide the district in the planning of ongoing facility maintenance, such as flooring, paint, roofs and long-term capital improvement projects throughout the district.

The plan is being developed in collaboration with facility experts, school and district leadership, students and consideration of community input.

Across the District:

–It is anticipated that upgrades to various elementary school multipurpose rooms (MPR) will begin in summer 2024, with the installation of new audio-visual equipment and large ceiling fans for air circulation. A prioritized list of schools is expected to be available in the spring with the goal of every school MPR being upgraded by the end of the 2024-25 school year.

–A phased approach is planned to replace elementary school playgrounds which is expected to begin in summer 2024. This will include new playground equipment and shade structures, as well as the replacement of wood chips with rubberized flooring or artificial turf.

Newport Beach schools anticipated to get new playgrounds in summer 2024 include Eastbluff and Newport Heights, with additional schools to be scheduled in a phased approach through 2026.

–A phased approach for installing permanent shade structures at elementary schools is expected to also begin in summer 2024. Shade structures will be placed in lunch areas.

Newport Heights and Eastbluff are anticipated to get shade structures in summer 2024, with additional schools to be scheduled in a phased approach through 2026.

In the meantime, temporary shade structures are being placed at elementary school lunch tables and playgrounds.

–Relocatable classrooms will also be added to Eastbluff and Newport Heights in summer 2024 to accommodate expanded transitional kindergarten programs for the 2024-25 school year.

At Corona del Mar Middle/High School, it is anticipated that the varsity baseball scoreboard will be replaced in spring 2024. The project’s design has received approval from the Division of the State Architect (DSA) and is anticipated to be publicly bid in winter 2024.

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Current CdM baseball scoreboard is scheduled to be replaced in 2024

Also, the replacement of the aquatics scoreboard is currently in early design and is anticipated to be replaced by fall 2024.

At Eastbluff Elementary, a project co-funded by the Eastbluff PTA and the District, calls for a multipurpose room refresh. The first phase is to complete a newly expanded stage, add new audio-visual equipment, the installation of tack boards and a permanent hand railing. The second phase will include painting the interior, new flooring and new window coverings. The second phase is anticipated to begin in early 2024 and be completed by summer 2024.

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A refresh including an expanded stage is planned for Eastbluff Elementary’s multipurpose room

To better support performances and a variety of school events, the district is developing a districtwide audio-visual standard for multipurpose rooms. Eastbluff Elementary will be the first school to pilot the system, which is anticipated to be installed at every elementary school districtwide.

At Ensign Intermediate School, construction of an outdoor student courtyard continues. Construction crews continue to work on concrete and brick seat walls, undergrounding utilities and landscaping.

The replacement of commemorative bricks, removed from a previous construction project, are anticipated to be placed in the new courtyard. The project is expected to be completed in early 2024.

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The outdoor student courtyard at Ensign is a work in progress

The Newport Coast Elementary field access project adds an accessible ramp and stairs to the upper grass fields from the lower playground and is nearly complete with landscaping still in progress.

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The walkway at Newport Coast Elementary is nearly complete connecting the upper grass field to the lower playground

Fortunately, because of a partnership with the Newport Coast Elementary School Foundation, construction also includes a concrete seating area and shade structures.

At Newport Harbor High School, the renovation of the varsity baseball and softball fields has been completed, which includes the replacement of grass, irrigation improvements, field regrading, sprinkler valve replacement and replacement of chain-link fence with netting.

As stated, grass has been installed and is in its growth and maintenance period. During the maintenance period, the contractor will continue to abate weeds and overseed.

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It’s nearly “play ball” time at NHHS

It is anticipated that the fields will be ready for use when athletes return from winter break.

Additional improvements, in a future phase, include the replacement of backstops for both fields, decorative windscreen fencing on the outfield fence, fencing along the solar panels and landscaping along the parking lot fence.

The NHHS Aquatics Complex project includes two phases, which will be combined to minimize downtime of the pool. The Division of the State Architect (DSA) approved the design for phase one, which includes shade structures, lighting and bleacher replacement. Phase two, which is currently in the design stage, includes a deeper pool, replacement of the pool deck, renovation of the pool building (which includes coaches’ offices, locker rooms and restrooms) and a new location for the scoreboard.

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A rendering of the anticipated NHHS Aquatics Complex

School and district staff will work collaboratively with the City of Newport Beach to relocate aquatic activities during construction, as the pool will not be available during that time. All efforts will be made to minimize pool closure timing and impact on aquatics programs.

This project is anticipated to begin in fall 2024, with completion in fall 2025.

The Newport Harbor Culinary Renovation is currently in the early planning stages to improve the culinary program kitchen and learning space. The project scope and timing are yet to be determined.

Additionally, the boys’ and girls’ restrooms in the Home Arts Courtyard will be renovated and updated to include two single-stall restrooms. This will include new flooring, paint, fixtures, accessories and lighting. The project is currently in the early design phase, and the construction start date for this project has not been determined.

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There will also be opportunities to provide feedback on the NMUSD Facility Master Plan once it is finalized in early 2024.

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