Estancia High School began renovating it’s pool on April 27, 2019 and is expected to be finished in February of 2020. The pool will be called the Estancia Aquatic Center located on blacktop posterior to its current location. Funded by the Newport-Mesa school district, Assistant principal Tim Tolzda stated that Estancia will have a brand new state of the art Olympic-sized pool. In addition to the Estancia Aquatic Center, phase 2 of the renovation will be the refurbishment of both the boys and girls locker rooms. Said locker rooms will also receive 4 new team rooms in each of the locker rooms for the various sports at Estancia High. In lieu of the current pool space, there will be a new area that can be used for activities like eating and school dances. The current equipment room will still be utilized in addition to the new equipment that’s in it.
Currently, the only inconvenience to the renovation is having the Estancia swim team travel to a different facility for training (Costa Mesa High). To avoid downtime, the locker rooms will be done in time to allow PE classes to continue.
Tolzda said, “students tend to take care of the new furniture and equipment that has been implemented in the school throughout the years. Students do better in an environment they want to learn in and feel good about.” Librarian Debbie FitzGerald, of the newly renovated library at Estancia stated, “I see new faces… a lot of people want to come to the library now, whether it’s to read or work… there has been an increase in kids coming in.” She also says that there has been significantly less trash around the area.
Reporter: Makai Walker