The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Deputy Executive Officer Juan Mireles joined local officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 17 to celebrate the opening of the new state-of-the-art, two-story classroom building at James A. Garfield Elementary School in Santa Ana.

Up to 300 students will benefit from the new educational complex at James A. Garfield Elementary School, serving pupils from kindergarten through the fifth grade. The construction of the facility bolstered the local economy through the creation of jobs and the purchase of building materials.

The project received approximately $5 million in state funding from the State Allocation Board’s (SAB) Overcrowding Relief Grant program for the construction of 12 multi-level kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms and a multipurpose room. The funding also included a grant for urban security.

The Overcrowding Relief Grant program, which provides state funds on a 50/50 state and local sharing basis for eligible projects, enables districts to reduce the number of portable classrooms on overcrowded school sites and replace them with permanent classrooms.

OPSC serves as staff to the State Allocation Board and implements and administers a $35 billion voter-approved school facilities construction program.

Written by California Department of General Services

The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California. General Services helps to better serve the public by providing a variety of services to state agencies through procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management and design, environmentally friendly transportation, professional printing, design and web services, and funding for the creation and construction of safe schools. The DGS vision: Excellence in the Business of Government!

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