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District to tap North City West funding for Carmel Valley Middle School improvements

The San Dieguito Union High School District is making plans to move up expansion plans for Carmel Valley Middle School. At its Oct. 15 meeting, the board approved applying for $5.6 million in funding from the North City West School Facilities Financing Authority to complete the planned upgrades.

Associate Superintendent Eric Dill said that the funding will be used to implement the final phase of Carmel Valley’s expansion, which includes a permanent music room, reconfiguring spaces to support performing arts and drama, and expanding nutrition services to accommodate the increased enrollment.

North City West is a joint powers authority governed by the San Dieguito, Del Mar Union and Solana Beach School Districts; $5.6 million in funds has been earmarked for Carmel Valley’s expansion.

The funds predate Mello Roos districts and come from developer fees within the North City West master plan area to mitigate the impacts of housing developments.

The Carmel Valley Middle expansion program had been included in the Prop AA program and was scheduled to begin in 2019. Dill said using the North City West funding will allow the expansion to begin in 2017 and free $5.6 million from Prop AA for other purposes.