Chula Vista district OKs new school for Eastlake

Families moving into foreclosed homes push demand

CHULA VISTA – In the middle of a financial crisis that is pummeling public education, residents of Eastlake are getting good news.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District has approved building a new school in the Windingwalk neighborhood, near the Otay Ranch shopping center.

The plan calls for the new school, whose projected cost is $28 million, to be ready to open in July of 2013.

The last time the school district inaugurated a new school was in 2007.

"It's a positive sign of a light economic recovery," said Anthony Millican, the district's spokesman.

He said the school is going up to meet a demand for additional capacity.

In addition to more houses are being built in the area, families with children are moving in to previously foreclosed homes, which all has led to a modest increase in enrollment.

Groundbreaking is planned for March for the school, which will be located in Otay Ranch Village. That's when a name will be announced.

The Chula Vista school district has 27,400 students, of which 68 percent are Latino. The district – the largest one in the state for kindergarten to sixth grade -- has 45 schools in Chula Vista, Bonita, Sunnyside and southern San Diego.

alexandra.mendoza@sandiegored.com

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