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The LAUSD school board voted last week to finish construction on the Belmont Learning Center, a high school in the Temple-Beaudry neighborhood downtown. Construction at the site began in 1997 but has been dogged by repeated problems, beginning with the razing of homes to clear the site. After the land was emptied, pockets of methane and two fault lines were discovered underneath proposed school buildings. Progress has been stalled ever since.When completed, the school will have cost a total of $270 million—making it the most expensive high school ever built. The school, now called Vista Hermosa, is set to be completed in 2007.