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MEDIA ADVISORY: Mira Mesa High School Celebrates Opening of New Culinary Arts Facility

MEDIA ADVISORY: Mira Mesa High School Celebrates Opening of New Culinary Arts Facility
Posted on 01/23/2017

San Diego Unified School District

Mira Mesa High School Celebrates Opening of New Culinary Arts Facility

WHAT: San Diego Unified School District's Mira Mesa High School is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate its new state-of-the-art culinary arts facility. The Culinary Arts Program at Mira Mesa High offers career and technical education for the hospitality, food service, tourism and recreation industry sector. The program provides students with skills necessary to work in hotels, restaurants, theme parks and other tourism-related businesses.

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 23; 2-3 p.m. The event begins with a short press conference, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the facility.

WHERE: Mira Mesa High School, Building 4, 10510 Marauder Way, San Diego 92126 (Enter the parking lot off Mira Mesa Boulevard, and park near Building 4.)

VISUALS: Ceremonial ribbon cutting, visitors touring the facility, students serving refreshments made by them, and students demonstrating their skills and use of the new equipment.

GUEST SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS: Cindy Marten, San Diego Unified School superintendent; and Jeff Sabins, principal of Mira Mesa High School. Culinary arts students and teachers, Lee Dulgeroff, executive director of Facilities Planning and Construction; and Al Love, director, College, Career & Technical Education, will be available for interviews as well.

BACKGROUND: Construction on the San Diego Unified's largest culinary arts facility began at the end of 2015. The existing nutrition classrooms in Building 4 at Mira Mesa High School were completely renovated, transforming them into new, state-of-the-art culinary arts classrooms. The more than $2.7 million project included new mechanical ductwork distribution systems, plumbing systems, floor and wall finishes, as well as new food services equipment and furnishings. Construction was completed during the summer of 2016.

This project was funded by San Diego Unified School District's Proposition Z bond measure passed by voters in 2012 for capital improvement projects. The district receives the bond funds in increments when bonds are issued approximately every two years. The funds cannot be used to pay teachers' or administrators' salaries, nor can they be used for maintenance and operations.

CONTACT: Cynthia Reed-Porter, facilities communications supervisor, Communications, 619-546-3378 (mobile) or [email protected]; or Shari Winet, director of communications, Communications, 619-381-7930 or [email protected].

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