PHOTO CAPTION: Celebrating during a ribbon-cutting at F.J. White's new campus are (from left to right) Darren Dunn, director of maintenance, operations and transportation; Ralph Alley, construction liaison; Sandra Flores, chief financial officer; Chuck Richmond, JTS Construction; George Sanchez; WUSD trustee; Richard Rochin, trustee/president; Joe Hallmeyer, trustee; Kent Owen, trustee; Nancy Stidman, FJW principal; Russ Howard, Micham Construction; Scott Parish, architect, Drew Sorensen, WUSD superintendent.
The ribbon cutting at the Francis J. White Learning Center in Woodlake marking the unveiling of eight new permanent classrooms couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. The brief ceremony, held Monday, Aug. 17, recognized those who played a role in the completion of the $2 million remodeling project and was the highlight of Back-to-School Night for parents of students in the new learning center that now serves four grades: transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades one and two.
The completion of the latest project at F.J. White reveals the best of what a unified school district board can accomplish. The construction was funded through a Qualified Zone Academy Bond from the federal government and managed by the State of California.
Under the program, the Woodlake Unified School District borrowed $3.5 million at an interest rate of 1.8 percent. Two other projects are pending on the high school campus that will utilize the remainder of the funds: two new tennis courts (slated for a January 2016 completion) and refurbishing the Performing Arts Building with new seating, flooring, and restroom upgrades (summer 2016).
Leftover funds will pay for the installation of four lights previously used at the high school at Castle Rock Elementary School for a second lighted athletic field (to be completed in the summer of 2016.)