COSTA MESA — The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is preparing two grade 7-12 sites to have new theaters and middle school buildings as it waits for official permission to begin construction.
At both the Costa Mesa and Corona del Mar campuses, old buildings have been demolished and the utilities removed; at Costa Mesa, two new computer labs were constructed, said Tim Marsh, the district's administrative director of facilities support services.
"At this point, we're doing all the prep we can over the summer to minimize the negative impact" of construction during the school year, Marsh said.
Both sites are slated for a new theater and middle school enclave that will give the seventh- and eighth-graders a more separate area for their lockers and most of their classes on the high school campus.
Part of Costa Mesa's dirt lot on Arlington Avenue, where middle schoolers were dropped off, will be used for a new paved parking lot that will serve the middle school campus and extracurricular activities after school.