New school won’t block area views

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Trustee Donita Winn described the school as a scaled-back version of other local schools. “It’s heartbreaking to spend $120 million and get a portion of what other schools have. It’s hard to do, but it’s reality,” Winn said. Officials hope the new campus can take in its first class in 2008. To keep costs down, the school will not have a stadium or a theater, and there will be one gymnasium rather than two. There will, however, be an athletic field and a track. “There are spaces for those things on the site. We laid it out for future development at this point. We are going to continue with the concept of joint-use facilities,” Beattie said. The school’s football games will likely be played either at Knight High School, where a stadium is planned, or at Littlerock High School, officials said. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Union High School District officials promised to keep neighbors in mind when the district’s ninth high school is built in southeast Palmdale. The still-unnamed school, to be located south of Pearblossom Highway near Avenue T-8 and 47th Street East on property the district acquired in a land swap this summer, will be terraced against a sloping hillside to avoid blocking neighbors’ views. “We will terrace this campus so that at the upper end we will have one-story buildings, and two-story buildings will be at a little lower level,” trustee Al Beattie said. “It should provide most people who live there their view. By terracing, we won’t be obstructing views with two-story buildings. The higher buildings will sit at a lower elevation.” District officials hope the school will cost about $115 million, but note that construction-cost increases could raise the price to $120 million or more. To pay for the district’s ninth school and for a 10th to be built either in southwest Palmdale or northwest Lancaster, officials may place another bond measure on the November 2006 ballot. Deputy Superintendent Jeff Foster said the ninth school will take design cues from Eastside High School, the district’s latest campus under construction, but will have its own unique look. “This will have a quad look – a central court, so to speak – but most of the classroms will be single-story,” Foster said. “We want to have a separate look.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

10 Things to Know about Banyana Banyana

first_imgSouth Africa’s women football team, Banyana Banyana made history in Ghana last week when they qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.After a nail-biting tournament, Banyana Banyana reached the final of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, and for the first time ever, earned a spot in the all-important FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place as of 7 June 2019 in France.As preparations commence for kick-off, we share some quick facts about the team that is flying the country’s flag high and inspiring the nation through excellence in sports.1. Banyana Banyana was formed in 1993 and had their first official match on 30 May 1993 against Swaziland.2. Sasol has been a proud sponsor of Banyana Banyana and women’s football for the last 10 years.3. Desiree Ellis, the superwoman leading the squad to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, was named head coach of the team in February this year, after helping out on interim basis following Dutch coach Vera Pauw’s resignation in 2016.4. Ellis, a retired midfielder, is the only person to win the COSAFA Cup as both player and coach. During her term as acting coach, Banyana Banyana was voted the 2017 CAF African Women’s Team of the Year.5. Banyana Banyana legend and former player, Portia Modise started playing for the team in 2000 at the age of 16.6. Modise is also the top goal scorer for the team, and was honoured by (SAFA) after scoring her 100th goal during the African Women’s Championship (AWC) in Namibia in 2014.7. Banyana Banyana means ‘The Girls’.8. In September 2018, Banyana Banyana was ranked 4th place on the African continent, preceded by Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon consecutively.9. Banyana Banyana Captain, Janine van Wyk plays as a defender for the team. In 2012, she founded the JVW Girls Football Development Program, giving young girls the opportunity to play football in a structured and competitive environment.10. The team’s blood, sweat and tears have not gone unnoticed! The South African Football Association (SAFA) awarded the team a R2.4 million bonus for their exceptional performance at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) and qualifying for FIFA’Women’s World Cup.Sources: SAHistory,, Wikipedia,, Sport24last_img read more