Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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Media Advisory -- Point Loma High School students rally to get long-awaited stadium improvements
May 18, 2016
Contact: Linda Zintz, 619-847-6637,

WHAT: San Diego Unified School District is proposing a multi-phase modernization project for Point Loma High School that includes major upgrades to the school's stadium, as well as the rest of the campus. Students are holding a press conference to discuss why these upgrades are so important to them, i.e., safety issues, equal access issues (Title IX);
missed academic hours due to daytime practices and competitions, daytime events preclude working parents from participating, and adverse effects on non-athletic programs (i.e. Band, ROTC, Cheer, etc.). The students will also explain why, after many years of planning, they are excited that the Final Environmental Impact Report for the project is going to the Board of Education for certification on May 24.

WHEN: Thursday, May 19 - 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Point Loma High School Stadium, 2335 Chatsworth Blvd., San Diego 92106 (619-223-3121) The press conference will be held on the in the track and field area of the stadium. (Site map available.)

VISUALS: Students speaking and student athletes working out on the track

SPEAKERS: Makenna Peter, Lily Lutz, (both 11th-grade soccer players); Aidan Yackly (11th grader, soccer and baseball); Kyle Grady (11th-grade; football, basketball and baseball), Tim Sheldon (11th grader, football), Lisa Regula (12th-grader; band, basketball and lacrosse), and Mike Hastings, football coach Topics include: safety issues, equal access issues (Title IX), missed academic hours due to daytime practices and games, working parents not able to support students at daytime events, and adverse effects on non-athletic programs (i.e. Band, ROTC, Cheer, etc.)

INTERVIEWS: Speakers and Hans Becker, principal of Point Loma High School

BACKGROUND: The proposed multi-phase modernization project is part of the Point Loma High School Master Plan. Some of the improvements include:

Athletic Facilities Upgrades
* Construct visitors' side restrooms/concession building; * Provide 500-seat visitors' side aluminum bleacher seating; * Install two 30-foot light poles located immediately behind the proposed aluminum bleacher system; * Construct approximately 392-square-foot storage facility for athletic equipment; * Construct approximately 140-square-foot press box at the top of existing grandstand, marked and lighted in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations; * Provide elevator for Americans with Disability Act compliant access to press box, marked and lighted in accordance with FAA regulations; * Provide replacement public address system; * Install four 20-foot tall grandstand light poles on the existing home side bleachers; * Install four 70-foot tall field light poles located on the inside of the track, marked and lighted in accordance with FAA regulations; * Relocate existing track amenities (long/triple jump, high jump, and pole vault) to east D-zone; * Res
urface t
rack and fluff synthetic turf field; * Remove two existing speaker poles and speakers on the home side of the field, and replace with seven new speaker poles (three 20-foot poles on the visitors' side and four 29-foot poles on the home side); and Construct approximately 125-square-foot ticket office located on the northwest end of the stadium.

Whole Site Modernization (Phase One)
* Demolition of the existing 800 Building containing a library and classrooms; * Construction of a new three-story building, approximately 37,000 square feet in size, containing * 20 classrooms and a library/media center; * Renovation of existing buildings 200 and 300; * Construction of external security enclosures and new architectural facades; * Construction/improvement of a bus turnout; * Demolition of the existing auto shop and reconfiguration/expansion of the adjoining parking lot; and * Installation of site security improvements.

A fact sheet with additional information will be available at the press conference.

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Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor l Communications Office l San Diego Unified School District Mobile phone: 619-546-3378 l E-mail:

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