With classes back in session, the brand new Coronado Elementary campus has received some media attention lately.
KGO (Ch. 7) reported how the new $27 million building features a free health clinic and dental office that offer low-income students care so they don’t have to miss any school. Meanwhile, KTVU (Ch. 2) marveled at the school’s state-of-the-art computer lab, and the school district brought up the performing arts space for students.
“The whole thing is beautiful,” third grade teacher Noelle O’Loughlin told KTVU. “I’ve been credentialed 20 years and I’ve never even seen a new school!”
Budget cuts nearly spelled doom for the school five years ago but Richmond City Council partnered with the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) to find the funds to save it, says district school board member Madeline Kronenberg. Voters soon after passed a $380 million bond measure to repair and rebuild aging district schools, including the then 60-year-old Coronado Elementary School.
The district published a number of photos of the new campus: