Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) celebrated the ribbon cutting of San Onofre Elementary School during a ceremony in San Clemente, CA on November 14.
The project received approximately $10.4 million in state funding from the State Allocation Board.
The ribbon cutting marks the completion of a ten-year effort to replace San Onofre Elementary School aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. In 2014, FUESD was the fourth California school district to be awarded a design grant from the U.S. Department of Defense through its Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) for the Construction, Renovation, Repair or Expansion of Public Schools Located on Military Installations Program. The District is the fifth in California to receive full construction funding, and from both grants has been awarded a total of $45 million in federal funding by the OEA to upgrade facilities and modernize its schools. An additional $11.25M in state and local funding was provided to meet the required local matching contribution for a total project cost of $56.25 million. The new campus will serve more than 900 military connected students in kindergarten through eighth grades aboard MCB Camp Pendleton.
FUESD has nine schools, with two aboard MCB Camp Pendleton. The original San Onofre School building was constructed in multiple phases in 1975 and 1977. The recent construction involved the replacement of the entire school including portable classrooms and seismically at-risk main building and locker rooms with a newly built, state-of-the-art facility.
In addition to students, school and district leadership, staff, and families, those attending the ribbon cutting ceremony included Brigadier General Daniel B. Conley, the FUESD Governing Board, Superintendent Dr. Candace Singh, Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) Chief of Program Services Michael Watanabe, representatives from the office of United States Congressman Mike Levin and the OEA, and former San Onofre School principals.
OPSC serves as staff to the State Allocation Board and implements and administers a $42 billion voter-approved school facilities construction program.
Pictured above from left to right: BGEN Conley, San Onofre School Assistant Principal Mandy Jackson, FUESD Governing Board member Caron Lieber, Governing Board Clerk Lisa Masten, Governing Board President Siegrid Stillman, students Abigail Corrales and Carlie Jorgensen, Dr. Candace Singh, and students Lea Fredonis, Serena Cardenas, and AJ Sablan.