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Ground broken for middle school in Grant Hill

Construction has begun on a new middle school for Albert Einstein Academies to replace the existing one.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place Wednesday to officially start work on the 38,000-square-foot charter school in the Grant Hill neighborhood of San Diego.

“We look forward to revitalizing a building that has long been vacant and becoming a part of the Grant Hill community,” said Barb Robinson, middle school principal.

When the middle school is complete, it will have 20 classrooms, administration offices, a media and technology center, library, indoor workout room, outdoor basketball area and state-of-the-art equipment.

The new site is expected to have 600 students at full capacity, and will open in fall 2014.

BYCOR General Contractors is the company in charge of construction. Studio E Architects designed the school.

Albert Einstein Academies bought the existing structure and land at 458 26th St. for $2.9 million. Construction costs are estimated at $11 million.

Construction is being funded via private institutional investors who bought municipal bonds. The investors' names have not been released.

Construction has begun on a middle school for Albert Einstein Academies.

This middle school replacement project is the next step for Albert Einstein Academies in fulfilling its goal of providing every level of pre-college education.

Albert Einstein Academies has an elementary charter school, and plans to add a high school when funding is available.

“We are building on more than a decade of high academic achievement, the world-renowned international baccalaureate program and a unique emphasis on foreign-language learning that is preparing our students for a global future,” said David Sciarretta, executive director of Albert Einstein Academies.

Albert Einstein Academies’ board of trustees has been working on replacing the existing middle school since 2011; escrow closed Dec. 12.

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