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On Tuesday, Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of Mabel Mattos Elementary School, the city’s first new school in almost five decades named for its first historian. The event was a true community celebration with MUSD representatives, school faculty, staff, and students, project partners, members of the Mabel Mattos family and neighborhood residents in attendance. Mabel Mattos will open its doors with the start of the new school year on August 16.
“Mabel Mattos Elementary School is truly a reflection of the great work we do as a community, and the fulfillment of a vision our school and city leaders had nearly 15 years ago” said MUSD Superintendent Cheryl Jordan. “This will be a state-of-the art school employing cutting edge instructional strategies within grade level learning communities, fostering the curiosity and growth of our children and honoring the great historian for which it is named.”
“Opening a new school is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a principal, and I am grateful to have been able to watch the formation from design through construction and thank all that have made this possible,” continued Founding Principal Dr. Jackie Vo-Felbinger. “With flexible learning zones, a learning community model and a committed teaching staff and engaged families, our students will gain the knowledge and skills to elevate this vibrant community, just like Mabel Mattos elevated hers.”
Built by Blach Construction and designed by IBI Group, the school will start by serving 238 students in kindergarten through second grade at the 6.7-acre site in south Milpitas at 1750 McCandless Drive. The Measure E 2012 bond provides funding for Phase I of the new elementary school, which consists of one administration building, a two-story building with eight classrooms, and all underground utilities for future phases. Additional funding is needed to complete the expansion Phases II and III, which could potentially open to students in August 2020 and 2022, respectively. Once all three phases are complete, the elementary school is anticipated to accommodate more than 700 students.
“We have been long-time partners with MUSD and are thrilled to have been able to support them and the residents of Milpitas with this project,” said Blach Construction Vice President of Business Development & Marketing Kim Scott. “We applaud the coordination of all involved, allowing us to deliver an innovative open-concept school in an expedited timeframe.”
For pictures from the event, visit the photo album. For more information about Mabel Mattos Elementary School, visit https://www.musd.org/new-elementary-school.html
About Milpitas Unified School District
Milpitas Unified School District is a beacon for learning for more than 10,000 students in early childhood through adult education. We have high expectations for every student and provide multiple opportunities and pathways for success. We provide learning opportunities for all and create nurturing environments where students are inspired and empowered. MUSD is an exceptional district in which students and staff are critical thinkers and trailblazers known for creativity and innovation. We prepare students to go out into the world and make a difference as responsible citizens who are passionate about life and learning. To learn more about Milpitas Unified School District, visit www.musd.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MilpitasUnified, or follow us on twitter at @MUSDFamily.
About Blach Construction
Founded in 1970, Blach Construction builds structures of enduring quality and value throughout the Greater Bay Area and Central Coast. The company’s experience encompasses a broad cross-section of commercial, industrial and institutional building types, including education, healthcare, technology, life sciences, professional services and civic/community facilities. Blach is recognized as a leader in sustainable design and construction, dedicated to continually incorporating advanced construction techniques and investing in new offerings that enable greater efficiencies and dramatically reduce the overall cost and duration of construction.
The firm consistently wins awards across the construction industry and general business community for its projects, innovation, employee engagement and community service. Named to the “Best Places to Work” list in the Bay Area by the Silicon Valley Business Journal/San Francisco Business Times and a top 30 “Great Place to Work” by Fortune Magazine, Blach is also ranked a “Top Contractor in California” by Engineering News Record.
Blach Construction is headquartered in San Jose and operates a branch office in Monterey that covers California’s Central Coast. To learn more about Blach Construction, please visit blach.com and engage with us on Facebook and Instagram.
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