District school is 1st in 42 years

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“It’s a great feeling,” Superintendent Rod Van Norman said. “I think everyone wants to be there because it’s something new and exciting.” Westpark cost about $11.3 million to build. It had been scheduled to open last school year, but was delayed by a shortage of construction workers, school officials said. Even before the campus opened for classes, construction began on a $2.43 million eight-classroom addition. Teachers are scheduled to move into that building this week. The classroom wing was omitted when school construction started in 2003 because there was not enough tax revenue to pay for it, but a rise in property values and higher tax assessments led to the selling of additional construction bonds earlier than expected. Westpark is named after the housing development in which it was built and is the district’s first new school since Rosamond High was built in 1964. The school’s construction is being paid for in part with funds from a bond measure approved by voters in November 2002. The $12 million bond measure approved in 2002 was also used to pay off about half of $10.3 million in high-interest debt incurred to build and improve schools to meet demands of a booming enrollment in the early 1990s. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSAMOND – Westpark Elementary School, Southern Kern Unified School District’s first new school in 42 years, will open Monday on the first day of classes. About 525 youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade will be attending. “It’s really exciting. This is my first principalship,” said Principal Leanne Hargus, who was assistant principal at Tropico Middle School before coming to Westpark. “Everybody is moving in and getting settled.” A ribbon-cutting ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the school, located at 3600 Imperial Ave. The ceremony is open to the public. last_img read more