MORONGO BASIN — Morongo Unified School District trustees accepted a $20.8 million bid Tuesday to build a new school to replace Joshua Tree Elementary School.
Construction is scheduled to start next month.
The school board accepted Parkwest Construction as the lowest responsible bidder. The contractor has built classrooms at La Contenta Middle School and Onaga and Condor elementary schools.
The school district announced in 2009 that as they planned to build new classrooms at Joshua Tree Elementary School, contractors had discovered an earthquake fracture on the school grounds. Because of state regulations for school construction, MUSD could not build at the current site.
The new school will be on Sunburst Avenue at Calle Los Amigos on 39.4 acres, of which the building site will occupy 14.1 acres.
According to a staff report on the item, money to build the replacement school will come from a combination of bond funds approved by local voters in 2005, the state and the school district's capital facilities fund.
The bid covers construction of the complete facility including parking lots, street improvements, flood control and even furniture. The school district already owned the parcel.
The school district is approved for a state facility hardship, meaning MUSD "goes to the front of the line for funding," Ron Smith, facilities director, said.