PHOTOS: Monte Vista High School Building Dedication [Video Clip]

The latest phase of the renovation cost nearly $15 million and was funded by Prop H and Prop U monies.

Monte Vista High School and Grossmont Union High School District representatives celebrated the completion of four modernized classroom buildings with a dedication ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The Monte Vista High School campus now has a new library, guidance center, special education suites, and visual arts and cosmetology classrooms. Faculty and staff joined district representatives for a customary ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new buildings.

Representatives from the offices of local elected officials Sen. Joel Anderson, Rep. Duncan Hunter, and Assemblyman Marty Block were also on hand, giving certificates of recognition to principal Randy Montesanto and the school.

The four building renovations were funded by Proposition U, the $417 million bond measure passed by East County voters in November 2008. Montesanto said that the renovations to his facilities cost roughly $15 million. He also said that the school was about 80 percent re-modernized, and that there were about $17 million more in projects that will be completed over the next five to six years at the school.

“Parents have choice where their kids go to school nowadays, and they make decisions sometimes based on facilities,”  Montesanto said. “We not only have to be competitive academically, which we’ve done by increasing or API 78 points in the last four years, but we also have to be competitive with the new facilities that some of the other schools have.”

In addition, the school also dedicated part of the new library to a former Monarch, Lt. Florence Bacong Choe. Choe, a 1991 graduate of Monte Vista was participating in a fitness exercise on her Naval base in Afghanistan, when she was shot and killed by an insurgent posing as an Afghan National Army soldier on March 27, 2009.

Choe was an avid reader, and while in Afghanistan, she helped start a United Through Reading program on her base, which allows soldiers to record video of themselves reading bedtime stories and send them – along with the books – back home for their families and children to see.

“She was an avid reader, and loved learning, and as we open up the new library, we want to open up a room where students read and study to her – in her memory,” said Montesanto.

Eric Yates October 25, 2012 at 06:47 PM
The new facilities are very impressive. If your student goes to Monte Vista, you should stop by and check out the renovations.
Pete Buletza October 25, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Thanks for the story. It's good to see the new facilities and the dedication to Florence. For anyone reading this, Florence was MVHS class of 1991 and gave her life in the service of her country while serving for the Navy in Afghanistan. http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/08/us/cnnheroes-war-widower/index.html
Andrea Radmilovich October 27, 2012 at 06:54 AM
The buildings look beautiful, and it's the people inside those buildings that make Monte Vista a great school - the staff, the students, the community. We will thrive because we choose to thrive and move forward. We have such an excellent staff that builds excellent rapport with the students and families, and we are proud to have such a dedicated staff. Many thanks to all who were involved to make our buildings beautiful.
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