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Mission Trails ROP hosts Ground Breaking Ceremony for new CTE & Public Health Laboratory building

ground breaking at ROP Center

For the second week in a row, the Salinas Union High School District broke ground on a new construction project. This one will serve hundreds of students in the District’s ROP program.

District administration and board members  joined ROP director Ivonne Glenn on Friday to break ground on the new CTE & Public Health Laboratory. The ceremony was held on the area next to the ROP campus located on East Laurel Drive.

Board trustee EvaMarie Martinez, who was one of the driving forces behind the project’s conception, was excited to break ground.

“(The new building) has been a passion of mine ever since I got here on the board in 2009. It’s been part of my platform and part of what my messaging is currently. So I’m very proud to have been a part of the team, not just myself but my colleagues as well and our administration, that we were able to come together to find the budget for this, and to be able to be on the board to actually see it happen."

Trustee Martinez said her and her colleague Trustee Phillip Tabera were inspired by a visit to another ROP site that had a similar lab building.

“We just got the vision and said we need to run with this and here we are,” she said.

Superintendent Dan Burns said the building marks a new opportunity for program growth, and it also signifies great prosperity for a great program that will serve many generations to come.

“The staff here at Mission Trails and in our vocational programs at our school sites are champions for students,” he said. “They work every day to realize the vision of embracing and inspiring students to become productive, educated members of their community.”

The Mission Trails ROP's new CTE & Public Health Laboratory is a modular classroom building that will be located at the 837 E. Laurel Drive campus.  The new 6,240 sq. foot building houses two medical classroom laboratories and one firefighting science classroom, four teacher offices, and both student and staff restrooms. Site work for the project provides additional parking and hardscapes with concrete wood/seat walls and paths of travel from the new building to the existing ROP campus.