The Newport-Mesa Unified School District chose Harper School in Costa Mesa on Tuesday as its new center for adult education.
Some classes already had been held at the former elementary school at 425 E. 18th St., as well as at a rented office across the street from district headquarters. The office's lease ends this year, however, and the district was looking for a permanent hub.
For 10 years, the main office was at the Davis Education Center. Then the district reopened the fifth- and sixth-grade center there.
District staff narrowed the choices to Harper, Presidio and Parsons schools, and the board judged them on whether they had ample parking, access to public transportation and were centrally located, among other criteria.
The other choices needed various modifications or concessions, so the board unanimously picked Harper at its meeting Tuesday night.
The district still will maintain satellite adult education centers for students who can't make it to the main office.