Construction is underway on a new Saddleback Valley Unified School District elementary school in Rancho Santa Margarita.
The new school, at the corner of Melinda Road and Rancho Trabuco, will serve kindergarten through sixth-grade students. It is Saddleback Valley's third elementary campus in the growing Rancho Santa Margarita area and the 26th elementary school in the district.
Designed to house 900 students, the $7-million school will include more than 30 classrooms, a library, media center, administrative offices and multipurpose area. The campus will draw its attendance from the more than 600 students who live in the area and now attend Trabuco Mesa and Cielo Vista elementary schools.
Plans are underway to name the school site and approve the final attendance boundaries. The campus is expected to open in the fall of 1998, according to district officials.
--BY KIMBERLY BROWER, MIMI KO CRUZ and JENNIFER LEUER