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By Miriam Raftery 

December 16, 2015 (El Cajon)--Students and school officials held a “Topping Out” Ceremony Tuesday for the new student support services and arts classroom buildings under construction at Grossmont High School.



 “I am really excited to be a part of a ceremony celebrating the bond construction being done to make Grossmont High School, one of San Diego’s oldest schools, a brand new facility,” said Grossmont High School Principal Dan Barnes. “These new buildings will provide modern classrooms and offices to support our award-winning Associated Student Body, Art Department and student support services. I would like to thank our taxpayers, board members and district staff who support our efforts to provide quality instruction and modern facilities for our students.”


 Joining Barnes was Superintendent Ralf Swenson, board members and students. “I am very excited about the construction of the new arts building,” said Jenna Soule, a senior at Grossmont and a 4-year art student who plans to study art history in college. “The arts are a critical part of education and having this brand new building to emphasize this will create a much more positive and professional environment for students.”


 “Topping Out” is a ceremony held when the last structural beam is placed at the top of a building. Students, staff and construction workers signed the beam before it was lifted into place today.


Construction of the new $13 million student support services and arts classroom buildings began this past summer and is expected to be complete by the end of July 2016.


The new art building will be a state of the art two story building housing our art department in three classrooms – one for photography and digital design, one for 2-D art, and one for 3-D art (clay and metal). There will be two other rooms in the art building, one will house a portion of the school’s special education transition program and the other room will be used by the Associated Student Body, the finance office, and as a student store. 


The new student support services building will be a two-story modern facility that will be home to the school’s Administrative Offices, Counseling Department, College and Career Center, and the Grossmont Resource Center.


 “This will transform the look of Grossmont High School, but more than that it will provide art students with a first-rate learning facilities, and that point cannot be overstated,” Swenson said. “Students appreciate quality learning environments. These new buildings will help students thrive, and nothing is more important than that.”


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