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Published: Dec 14 Posted Under: Community

Plan unveiled for new school in Otay Ranch

CHULA VISTA — An elementary school featuring classrooms flooded with natural light, buildings with energy-efficient components and areas for collaborative learning will be constructed in Otay Ranch to accommodate an influx of students moving into new homes.

Known for now as Elementary School 46, the campus is expected to open for the 2017-18 academic year. It will be paid for with Mello Roos funds at an expected cost of $47.5 million. More than $28 million was tabbed for construction, $10.3 million for the real estate, and about $7.7 million for expenses associated with the project. The district has set aside $1.2 million for furnishings and equipment, including water-saving fixtures.

Trustees approved the financing plan 4-0-1 at the Oct. 14 board meeting. Franscisco Tamayo recused himself because he is buying a home in the neighborhood where the school will be built.

Elementary School 46 will be the first facility constructed under the district’s new project labor agreement, or PLA, which was approved by trustees 5-0 at the Dec. 9 school board meeting. PLAs typically set standards for wages, local hiring and benefits for workers who are required to pay union dues regardless of whether they are union members. Under the three-year labor pact, union and non-union contractors can submit bids for construction work funded by Proposition E or Mello Roos money, and the winning bidder must operate under union rules.

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