The plans for the CTE Building/Ag Farm at Liberty High School have been submitted to the Division of State Architects (DSA). We anticipate receiving approval from DSA in the next few weeks which will allow the district to start the construction bid process early this summer and then construction late Summer early Fall. The project will be constructed in two increments with increment one starting this late Summer or early Fall, and depending on funding, the project may be accelerated or done in phases until completion.
Golden Valley Unified School District has been working on the architectural designs for the Career Technical Education Building/Agricultural Farm at Liberty High School with members of the Governing Board, district personnel, community and high school staff. The process has been collaborative and has gone through several revisions in the effort to provide a state of the art facility for the students of Golden Valley. The facility will consist of a career technical education building that will be home to a mechanics shop, metal shop, animal science classroom, plant science classroom, ornamental horticulture classroom, environmental resources classroom, and culinary arts classroom. The farm portion of the complex will consist of large and small animal pens, pasture, show pavilion, green houses and a caretaker residence. In addition, the project is being designed to incorporate the existing solar farm, irrigation and potable water system and waste-water treatment facility. We are anticipating the site to be net-zero when completed.
In addition, the district applied for three State Career Technical Education Grants and received rankings eligible for funding for all of the grants that were submitted. One grant in particular received the highest ranking in the State for its category. Each grant has the potential of being funded at up to $3 million for a potential of $9 million in total. We expect to receive notice of the awarding of these funds in June which could positively impact the timeline for construction.
I would like to thank the following people who have contributed to this project: Golden Valley Board of Trustees, Kevin Hatch, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Maureen Hester, Director of Business Services, Steven Huss, ERC Grant Writer, Erick Hanson and Michael Luchesi of MCCC and Sarge Green, Fresno State University, Scott Griffith, SGH Architects and the Ag Committee: Mark Toole, Jay Mahill, John Anderson, John Porter, Igal Treibatch, Anne Katuin, Katie Mellott, Carlos Martinez, Brian Freeman, Andrew Wheeler, Kirk Delmas, Kandace Osborn, Curtis Katiun, Scott Chase, Brett Dahlem, Kenny Warnock, Gary & Betsy Cardoza, Brett Mercer, Katrina Edwards, the Madera County Ag Boosters, Matthew Mellott and special thanks to the passion and inspiration donated to this project by the late Mr. Bob Naden.