The school year may be winding down in many areas of the state while increased momentum is being celebrated in the Muroc Unified School District during a ground breaking ceremony for modernization of the Bailey/Branch Elementary School campus in Edwards, CA.
The projects received approximately $6.1 million in state funding from the State Allocation Board, and the Muroc Unified School District’s projects have an additional $12.4 million forthcoming from the state.
In 2017, the Muroc Unified School District was the third California school district to be awarded a design grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) through its Office of Economic Adjustment for the Construction, Renovation, Repair or Expansion of Public Schools Located on Military Installations Program. The district is the sixth in California to receive full construction funding, and has been awarded a total of $82.5 million by the Office of Economic Adjustment to upgrade facilities and modernize its schools. The state funding provided will be used to meet the required local matching contribution for the project.
The district has five schools located in the Mojave Desert, with three schools on Edwards Air Force Base. Branch Elementary School serves approximately 750 students serving kindergarten through sixth grades. The project involves the relocation of the existing Branch Elementary School, after demolition of the closed Payne Elementary School, and will serve fourth through sixth grade students. The district will also renovate and reopen Bailey Elementary School to serve transitional kindergarten through third grade. In conjunction with renovation of Desert Jr./Sr. High School, the finished educational complex will include new shared-use buildings such as an amphitheater and library-multimedia center, and will serve transitional kindergarten through 12th grade.
Those attending the groundbreaking ceremony included the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman, Brigadier General E. John Teichert, Colonel Kirk Reagan, Colonel Jeffry Hollman, Chief Master Sergeant Ian Eishen, and representatives from the offices of U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, California Assembly Member Tom Lackey, and California State Senator Shannon Grove, as well as former California State Senator Jean Fuller, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment, District Superintendent Kevin Cordes, and other state and local officials.
Architectural services and renderings for this project were provided by WLC Architects Inc.
OPSC serves as staff to the State Allocation Board and implements and administers a $42 billion voter-approved school facilities construction program.