Modernizations at all four OUSD high schools create beautiful new, on-site athletic facilities for students and community.
ORANGE, CA (February 8, 2019) – Earlier this year, the Orange Unified School District (OUSD) Board of Trustees began discussions for the modernization of pool facilities at El Modena High School. Coupled with the complete renovation of Fred Kelly Stadium, El Modena will shortly enjoy a wide array of on-site, top-notch athletic venues.
El Modena’s current aquatic facility had surpassed its use expectancy by more than a decade and had shown signs of serious fatigue in recent months including a major water-loss issue. The modernized aquatic facilities will address additional issues such as federal American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, drainage, storage, and pool deck access.
“We are extremely grateful that the District approved these new facilities for our students and community,” said El Modena High School Principal Jill Katevas. “The safety of our students is paramount in our school activities and these improvements will ensure we safely deliver exceptional programs. Our student-athletes deserve world-class facilities and our neighbors benefit with new community assets that we can all be proud of.”
The pool was closed at the end of the 2018 school swim season in May. The District engaged a professional assessment team to review the facilities’ issues and make recommendations to the Board in August of this year. (Visit https://www.orangeusd.org/departments/facilities-planning/el-modena-pool to review the report online.) In addition, OUSD has been in constant dialog with key stakeholders inside and outside the District to ensure an inclusionary development process. Two stakeholder meetings have been held to solicit public input. OUSD Trustees are expected to approve the final design plans and pool size at an upcoming meeting.
The high school athletic field renovations are utilizing capital projects reserves that the District designated for this purpose and has been saving over the past decade. No “Measure S” school bond dollars, which were approved by voters in 2016, will be used for these projects. In conjunction with the new pool facility, Measure S projects at EMHS are set to break ground in early 2019 and begin construction in late spring. Together, the two separate projects will transform the El Modena High School campus.
The El Modena aquatics facility is home to competitive Vanguard swim teams, water polo and physical education programs as well as a variety of community activities including local swim teams and City of Orange Recreation Services. Current expectations are that following the Board’s approval in February, construction will begin in Winter 2019 and be competition-ready in time for the Fall 2020 aquatics season.