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MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Unified School District and the YMCA Initiate Local Partnership at Pacific Beach Middle School

MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Unified School District and the YMCA Initiate Local Partnership at Pacific Beach Middle School
Posted on 04/17/2018

San Diego Unified School District

San Diego Unified School District and the YMCA
Initiate Local Partnership at Pacific Beach Middle School

WHAT: San Diego Unified, Pacific Beach Middle School, and Beach and Bay Family YMCA will come together prior to Pacific Beach Middle School's Back to School Night to celebrate a growing partnership that is transforming Pacific Beach Middle School into a center of community. Marking the completion of the first phase of facilities upgrades, a ribbon will be tied, not cut, to symbolize a community coming together for the benefit of Pacific Beach families.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
5:00 a.m.: Morning Interviews (Please RSVP by contacting Samer Naji, SDUSD)
4:00 p.m.: Ribbon-Tying Ceremony
4:45 p.m.: Back to School Night

WHERE: Pacific Beach Middle School 4676 Ingraham Street, San Diego, CA 92109

VISUALS: This is a visually rich media opportunity. In the morning, Pacific Beach Middle School
staff, students and YMCA leaders available for interviews. Students will be demonstrating the YMCA's athletic equipment on the recently completed joint-occupancy turf field on the school campus. In the afternoon, Pacific Beach Middle School families will gather for a brief speaking program and a student-led ‘ribbon-tying' ceremony at the start of Back to School Night. San Diego Unified's planned whole site modernization and new classroom building, and the YMCA's planned facility renovation will be featured with project renderings.

GUEST SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS:
Morning: Pacific Beach Middle School Physical Education Teacher Dennis Gildehaus, District Spokesperson Isabella McNeil, Beach and Bay Family YMCA Executive Director Mike Roberts
Afternoon: San Diego Unified School District Board of Education Trustee Dr. Mike McQuary, Superintendent Cindy Marten, Facilities Planning and Construction Chief Lee Dulgeroff, Pacific Beach Middle School Principal Kimberly Meng, Pacific Beach Middle School student Jade Muckler; and from the YMCA of San Diego County President
& CEO Baron Herdelin-Doherty, Executive Manager Mike Roberts and volunteer Lily Higman.

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

Turf Field and Site Improvements (SDUSD, completed): A joint-occupancy turf field is constructed, surrounded by an asphalt concrete track and perimeter landscape/drainage areas. The new field is striped for multiple sports, including soccer, field hockey and girls and boys lacrosse.
Project also includes a new parking lot, new sidewalks, upgrades to staff and student restrooms in the Physical Education Building, and new perimeter fencing. Vehicle circulation is improved with a redesigned bus turnaround, student drop off, and pick up. The new parking lot features ornamental pavers, light poles, tree wells, landscaping islands, perimeter landscaping, and a new bike rack. This project provides improvements that satisfy accessibility and California Building Code requirements.

Whole Site Modernization and New Building (SDUSD, planned): Includes construction of a new two-story, 26 classroom building. Improvements to existing buildings include the relocation of school administration offices, renovation of the food service area, and three new classroom/innovation spaces in the library media center. New air conditioning installation takes place in the existing science classroom building, library media center, and auditorium. Campus wide upgrades include security, fire alarm, data and communication infrastructure. The project provides accessibility and other improvements to satisfy California Building Code requirements.

Beach and Bay Family YMCA Project: The YMCA's vision is to expand its presence in San Diego's beach and bay communities by building a state-of-the-art YMCA fitness center in Pacific Beach in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District. This new facility, located on the Pacific Beach Middle School campus at the corner of Ingraham and Felspar, will partner with teachers, staff and families to provide year-round care for local youth. The YMCA unveiled its new outdoor fitness area in January. The Y partnered with Aire Fitness to provide the fully customized portable fitness studio with professional equipment. For more information on how to become a member or get involved, visit ymca.org/pacific-beach or call 858-273-9622.

BACKGROUND: San Diego Unified's capital projects are funded by San Diego Unified School District's Propositions S and Z, which are local bond measures approved by San Diego voters to repair, renovate and revitalize neighborhood schools. In addition to renovation and replacement, bond projects include classroom technology, facilities to support College, Career and Technical Education, classroom air conditioning, safety and security upgrades, and other facilities improvements at traditional and public charter
schools throughout San Diego Unified. Prop. S is a capital facilities program that is funded by a $2.1 billion general obligation bond measure passed November 4, 2008. Prop. Z is a capital facilities program funded by a $2.8 billion general obligation bond measure passed November 6, 2012. By law, the funds cannot be used for teachers' or school administrators' salaries, nor can they be used for maintenance or operations.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Samer Naji, San Diego Unified School District, 619-548-3388, Courtney Pendleton, YMCA, 714-926-8106

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