[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Walls at Valencia Valley, Meadows Schools Come Tumbling Down [Video] | 01-22-2014
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
87°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
October 24
1954 - U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman born in Monterey Park; represents southeastern sliver of SCV [story]


| Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014
Loading...

See photo gallery here.

Walls at Valencia Valley and Meadows Elementary Schools came tumbling down as part of an estimated $12 million modernization project.

A field of parts, red twisted scrap metal and aging beige plastic litter the school sites, but it’s not just the effects of a recent demolition — it’s a field of memories for hundreds of elementary school students.

“We’re just finishing tearing out one of our last portable buildings,” said Valencia Valley Principal Ken Hintz.

The demolition is part of a major overhaul to bring classrooms up to date with new present-day technologies and more cost-effective learning environments.

The new energy efficient building will provide wireless capabilities to the campus as well “high-performing” classrooms, according to district officials.

“This is just the beginning of the project,” Hintz said. “We’ll be putting in the new buildings hopefully soon, within the next month or so.”

Demolition of the long-standing classrooms has drawn scores of students to excitedly line the construction site’s perimeter fence.

“Students love to see all the demolition,” said Erick Kroenke, the Newhall School District’s Director of Facilities. “They love to see the crane in the back working and the excavation.”

To the disappointment of the students however, most of the toppling over takes place hours before school starts as a safety precaution.

Funds for the project come from Measure E, a bond fund approved by 66% of voters in Nov. 2011.

The district-wide modernization project is one of four purposes the bond sale serves which include capital projects that reduce costs in the Newhall School District’s operations fund as well as projects that improve, expand and modernize facilities, according to the district’s website.

The former buildings were intended to be temporary when they were installed more than a decade ago, and have remained due to budget limitations, Kroenke said.

“In a portable classroom, you have one window, one door,” Hintz said.

The new classrooms will provide students with two doors to enter and exit from, significantly larger windows and high vaulted ceilings which boost energy savings by allowing natural light to freely flow in.

When completed, students and staff will have access to wireless connections and new smartboards, as well as energy efficient cooling and heating systems.

“It’ll be a wonderful addition to this community,” Hintz said. “It’ll truly enhance their educational experience.”

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

Comments are closed.

LOCAL SCHOOL LINKS
Related Content
LATEST SCHOOL NEWS
Friday, Oct 24, 2014
About 35 marching bands and colorguard units, including all of the Hart School District high school teams, will join Hart for one of the most anticipated Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) tournaments of the season on November 1, 2014 at College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium.
Friday, Oct 24, 2014
Measure EE is on the November ballot and intended to maintain excellent elementary schools in Saugus Union School District by providing safe, modern classrooms for local students, according to the measure’s website. The measure needs an approval rate of 55 percent to pass.
Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
The following letter was sent to parents of Valencia High School students Thursday afternoon in regards to a fight involving several Hart District students on Friday, October 17, 2014. Dear VHS parents, We are aware of many rumors currently circulating following the fight that happened on Friday evening.
Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Castaic Union School District board members voted Thursday to use cumulative voting in their next election. Cumulative voting is a type of voting system that helps strengthen the ability of minority shareholders to elect a director, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website.
Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
As a part of National School Lunch Week (NSLW), Santa Clarita Valley School Food Services Agency officials are hosting the 11th annual School Food Vendor Show on Oct. 28 from 2:30–5 p.m. Principals, PTA, all school staff, parents, family members and, most of all, students, are invited to come to the Central Kitchen to an “Open House” and sample new products.
Friend Activity

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
About 35 marching bands and colorguard units, including all of the Hart School District high school teams, will join Hart for one of the most anticipated Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) tournaments of the season on November 1, 2014 at College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium.
Nov 1: Marching Bands Compete in Rampage
Measure EE is on the November ballot and intended to maintain excellent elementary schools in Saugus Union School District by providing safe, modern classrooms for local students, according to the measure’s website. The measure needs an approval rate of 55 percent to pass.
Voters to Decide on Saugus District Bond Measure
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies are also investigating the fight, the video and the circumstances surrounding it, and the fallout from the incident already resulted in one Hart district juvenile getting arrested, officials said.
Hart District Student Arrested for Threats; Teen Brawl Investigation Continues
This was the 10th year for the Santa Clarita “Top 51 Most Influential” list. The public submitted 120 names for consideration.
SCV’s Most Influential People Honored
Deputies received a reports of a suspicious open window of the 25200 block of Avenida Rotella in Valencia, and began a containment of the area, according to Sheriff’s Station reports, after receiving a report of a white van in the area.
Burglary Suspect Arrested in Saugus
The billboard agreement is the known bird-in-the-hand versus the unknown two-in-the-bush later. Of importance is that Clear Channel was invited to come in with proposals, and they have never responded. Without question, there are no guarantees of a better deal later if this one is lost.
Measure ‘S’ Pros, Cons | Betty Arenson
1954 - U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman born in Monterey Park; represents southeastern sliver of SCV [story]
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak: A man suspected of robbing a Newhall Walgreens with a shotgun Thursday is in custody.
SCV NewsBreak for Thursday, October 23, 2014
The following letter was sent to parents of Valencia High School students Thursday afternoon in regards to a fight involving several Hart District students on Friday, October 17, 2014. Dear VHS parents, We are aware of many rumors currently circulating following the fight that happened on Friday evening.
A Letter to Valencia High Parents
COC sophomore setter Taylor Kasha has been named the Western State Conference (WSC) Female Athlete of the Week.
COC’s Kasha Named Western Conference Athlete of the Week
The College of the Canyons women’s soccer team shut out Citrus College, 6-0
SCV Sports Roundup for Oct. 23
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested a man suspected robbing Walgreens with a shotgun for drugs.
Suspect Arrested After Walgreens Drug Robbery
A Santa Clarita mom is making and selling eco-friendly American Girl doll clothing.
SCV Mom Creates American Girl Clothing Business
I remain concerned for the safety and security of our uniformed personnel supporting this mission. Congress will continue to provide robust oversight throughout our troops’ deployment.
McKeon Releases Statement on Ebola
Gateway Ranch is a 302-acre property located on the northern half of Las Lomas in the Newhall Pass. Once planned for a major housing development, the land is now part of the City’s Open Space Preservation District and protected from development indefinitely.
City to Cut Ribbon on Newly Acquired Open Space
The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center is partnering with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to host a Correctional Peace Officers recruitment on Thursday, Oct. 30
WorkSource Center Hosting Peace Officers Recruitment
Enjoy an evening of great live entertainment featuring music from the hills and valleys of the East to the plains, prairies and deserts of the West.
Cowboy Music Takes Over REP for WMA Benefit Concert
So far there has been about $181,700 of “grass roots” support to preserve the current billboards – of which maybe $6,500 is local (the $500 from Tony Strickland being from “out of town”). All kinds of money to stop the three electronic billboards and preserve dozens and dozens of ugly relics of a bygone era that have serious light pollution issues, too.
A ‘Tyrannt’ with Soul
The Santa Clarita Public Library, with support from the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library, will once again sponsor the Celebration of Local Authors event on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall branch, located at 24500 Main Street.
Library Prepping for Second Celebration of Local Authors
1888 - Newhall's luxurious Southern Hotel burns to the ground [story]
Ezra visits different schools each year to share with other children what he has gone through and how being different is not a problem. His inspirational talks demonstrate how anyone can achieve his or her dreams, no matter what the circumstances might be.
Make It Happen
It’s the weekend before Halloween, and local rockers are getting on their ghoul.
SCV Entertainment Beat: Rockers are Getting Their ‘Ghoul’ On
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak: Sheriff's deputies and the Hart School District are investigating an alleged assault that happened at Valencia High School Friday night. The fight, was caught on tape and circulated on social media early this week.
SCV NewsBreak for Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Margo Hudon (of Margo's boutique) and Brett Walter, field deputy to Rep. Buck McKeon, have joined the board of Single Mothers Outreach.
Margo Hudson, Brett Walter Join SMO Board