Sep 18, 2015
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A grand opening celebration is planned at the brand new Coronado Elementary School campus on Saturday at 10 a.m., according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD).

As news reports indicated last month when classes started, the completed $28 million project to modernize the 60-year-old school has been getting positive reviews from teachers and students. Coronado’s 430 students now attend a state-of-the-art, 65,000 square-foot campus at 2100 Maine Ave., the district said.

Every classroom is equipped with an interactive projector at the teaching wall, with storage space behind the sliding marker board, the district pointed out. Flexible classroom seating arrangements can now be achieved with additional marker boards and tackable wall surfaces, it added.  Wireless Internet can also be accessed throughout the school.

The new campus features a free health clinic and dental office that offer low-income students and community members care. It also features a new computer lab; performing arts space for students; outdoor learning spaces; a lunch shelter with a special detailed outdoor learning marker board for writing and exhibition; a student vegetable garden; an outdoor classroom, butterfly and hummingbird garden; and a rain bird garden, the district said.

The school is additionally designed to offer community members access to the campus library, health center, community kitchen, community art garden and multi-purpose room.

Five years ago, budget cuts nearly spelled doom for the school, but Richmond City Council partnered with the school district to identify the funds to save it, school board member Madeline Kronenberg said. Voters soon after passed a $380 million bond measure to repair and rebuild aging district schools, including Coronado Elementary.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.