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Delay in New High School Building Opening

Dear Wiseburn and Da Vinci Community,


As a result of construction delays stemming from the bankruptcy of the main electrical contractor and some setbacks on the soil condition in the new parking lot, the opening of the main academic building (Phase 1) of Wiseburn High School - home of the Da Vinci high schools, will be delayed by approximately  6-8 weeks.  The three high schools (Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design and Da Vinci Science), which had been scheduled to occupy the building at 201 N. Douglas Street in El Segundo, will instead start their school year on August 22 at their previous locations.  The tentative timeline for moving into the new building is in October, however a specific move-in date has not yet been finalized.  


At the construction site, crews have been diligently working six-day weeks to make up the lost time from the change in electrical contractors that occurred in April.  Significant progress was made in May and June, bringing most of the project back onto the timeline for a successful August opening.  Unfortunately, significant setbacks related to the guidelines of the Division of the State Architect (DSA) for Fire/Life/Safety and soil complications in the main parking lot have resulted in delays that require a change in the projected date of occupancy.  In the parking lot, several soil issues have been uncovered related to old pipes that need a mitigated removal process, resulting in delays.  For Fire/Life/Safety, the design of the smoke filtration system, alarm systems and fire door protections are extremely complex in this large four-story building.  The delays in the electrical set-up have resulted in a domino-effect and unforeseen complications that have not allowed enough time for the required testing of these systems in advance of occupancy.  Needless to say, the Wiseburn Unified School District and the Da Vinci Schools will not put students or school staff into the building until all systems have been thoroughly tested and cleared by the building commissioning agents. We are committed to opening the building and moving in all three schools as soon as it is certified as safe for occupancy.  


Starting out the school year for several weeks at the high schools’ current campuses is clearly not ideal. School principals have been developing contingency plans for reopening the Del Aire and Aviation campuses that had already been packed up in preparation for the move to the new campus.  We are asking for the cooperation and patience of our students, staff, families and the community to work through this short-term setback as we continue toward our long-term commitment to opening a beautiful, world-class new high school campus.  A Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting celebration will take place in the fall after we move into the new building. Phase 2 construction that includes a pool, gym and playing field is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018. For questions about construction, please contact Tom Johnstone, Wiseburn Superintendent at (310) 643-3025.


Dr. Tom Johnstone,


Wiseburn Unified School District

Principal's Message

Dear Dana Middle School Families and Friends,


I am hopeful that everyone had a safe 4th of July weekend and that the summer has been a pleasant one so far.  Currently, Dana Middle School is in the hands of our very talented and hardworking custodial and maintenance staff so upon the start of the school year, our facility will continue to look amazing.   


This is a friendly reminder that reading during the summer is very important.  Students who continue to read during the summer break will be in a solid place cognitively when they return in late August.  Take some time to pick good books, read with (or next to) your children, and encourage ongoing and positive reading habits at home. 


Please note that students are required to complete summer reading as part of their English Language Arts grade.  We will hold Accelerated Reader testing days at Dana Middle School on July 18 and August 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the MPR.  Students will also be able to test during the first week of school.  For more information, please visit the following link – [insert link here]. 


I wish everyone a great summer and until my next update, au-revoir. 


Take care,         


Blake Silvers, Ed.D.


R.H. Dana Middle School

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