SoCal School Opening Delayed After Shrimp Find

OTAY MESA, Calif. (AP) - San Ysidro school officials have delayed the construction of a new elementary school after the discovery of shallow basins harboring the endangered fairy shrimp on a vacant lot in nearby Otay Mesa.
Groundbreaking of the Vista Del Mar Elementary School was scheduled to begin last month in time for a summer 2009 opening. But officials now have to draw up a fairy shrimp protection plan expected to take at least 18 months.
Tom Silva, the district's coordinator of construction, says the delay will increase the school's $27 million price tag. Silva said the project can come under budget if plans are scaled back.
Vista Del Mar would be the school district's eighth school to accommodate a growing population in Otay Mesa.
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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.signonsandiego.com

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AP-NY-08-24-08 1213EDT


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