A 3D video published on the San Juan Unified School District’s Youtube page reveals a sneak peak at what a modernized-and-expanded Sylvan Middle School will look like at its new location on the former Citrus Heights Elementary school campus, following last year’s board decision to close existing Sylvan facilities rather than rebuild the aging campus.
The video highlights interior and exterior architectural renderings of a new library addition, an updated administration building, before-and-after views of renovated classrooms, and a new art lab, locker building, science and music classrooms, and new outdoor dining area.
[See last year’s coverage: Board decides final fate of Sylvan Middle School]
The construction project is estimated to cost $18.25 million, according to figures presented during San Juan Unified School District’s November 18 board decision, with the site expected to open for the 2016-17 school year.
During last year’s controversial board discussions on the future of Sylvan, SJUSD Superintendent Kent Kern recommended closure of the nearly 80-year-old facility, highlighting regional declining enrollment figures for Citrus Heights that show a 22 percent drop in students compared over the past 10 years.
Under the board decision, Citrus Heights Elementary consolidated with Carriage Drive Elementary this year, allowing for Sylvan’s relocation and renovation to begin.