Staff Information

Measures N & G School Bond Projects

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On behalf of the Savanna School District Board of Trustees, staff, and students in our district, we would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to our community for their support of Measure N at the polls in November 2008 as well as supporting Measure G at the polls in June 2012. Because of our community’s support, we have

 

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been able to continue to pursue renewal all of our school sites.  The general obligation bonds that have been passed by our local community have funded capital improvements at each of our four elementary schools and will affect our children's education and our community for generations to come.  It is the goal of the Savanna School District to provide the most exemplary educational opportunities for children both now and into the future.

Click here for a copy of the Accountability Report from the Citizens' Oversight Committee

2013-14 Measure G Funded Projects

Holder School's modernization project is well underway; thanks to the ongoing support of our communit, we'll celebrate the Holder School Ribbon Cutting on May 28 2014.  It hardly seems possible that we’ve nearly completed our final modernization project!  We are extremely grateful that we’ve been able to complete all of our projects in a timely manner and provide much-needed enhancements that will provide students and staff with facilities to meet the demands of 21st Century learning. 

The following photos show classroom construction in progress:

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The following photos show the front of Holder School in progress:

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Outdoor Learning Center in progress

Below are photos of the new upper grade playground during construction:

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The following photos show Holder School's kitchen, outdoor lunch area, and marquee construction in progress:

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Below are photos of the undergroud work that took place at Holder during construction:

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Reid School Modernization Project Complete!

Reid School's modernization project is now complete and ready to welcome students and staff in August 2013!  The newly modernized site provides all of the same enhancements as our other two campuses received during their respective modernization projects including enhanced classrooms and office spaces with new furniture, plumbing, roofing, electrical, fire alarm systems, energy efficient dual-paned windows and energy efficient heating and air conditioning units, enhanced technological systems that will ensure students are able to access 21st Century Learning tools, environmentally friendly student restrooms, enhanced lighting, and upgraded security throughout the campus.

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Welcome to the modernized Twila Reid Elementary School!

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Pictured at the May 22, 2013 Reid School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony are, from left, are: Board Member Mr. John Shook; Reid School Principal Dr. Bob Pipes; Superintendent Dr. Sue Johnson; Board Members Mrs. Carol Sundman, Mrs. Chris Brown, and Mrs. Linda Weinstock; Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation Mr. Jim Harris; and Board Member Mr. Ed Erdtsieck.

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Above left, Board Members Linda Weinstock, Carol Sundman, Chris Brown, John Shook, and Ed Erdtsieck unveil the new plaque on the front of Reid School. At right, former Superintendent Dr. Tom Halvorsen (1985-2006) and Superintendent Dr. Sue Johnson celebrate the grand re-opening of Twila Reid School in front of the school's tile wall celebrating 50 years of learning.

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Pictured above are newly modernized classrooms which include ceiling-mounted DLP projectors, Internet drops for up to 8 student computers and a teacher workstation, voice enhancement systems, increased classroom security features, new furniture, plumbing, roofing, electrical, fire alarm systems, energy efficient dual-paned windows and energy efficient heating and air conditioning units.

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Reid School students and staff are very grateful to our community for our beautiful new Outdoor Learning Center! This area will truly be the heart of our school where we will be able to celebrate student successes on a regular basis.

 

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It will be a perfect environment for classes, groups of classes, and grade levels to gather as well as have capacity for school-wide events. As teachers integrate Common Core strategies with group projects and additional speaking opportunities for students, we anticipate our Outdoor Learning Center will be in high demand!

 

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Our kindergarten children will have the opportunity to develop physical and social skills as they enjoy a new playground! The kindergarten playground provides a variety of equipment focusing on gross motor skills including balance and strength as well as opportunities for imaginagion!

 

Our upper grade students are very excited aboutupper grade playgroundthe new playground that has been specifically designed for them! With a climbing wall and plenty of equipment for increasing upper body strength, our older students will have their own fitness area.

 

 

2012-13 Measure G Funded Projects

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A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on September 11, 2012. Pictured at the Reid School Groundbreaking Ceremony are, from left: Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation Mr. Jim Harris; Reid School Principal Dr. Bob Pipes; Board Members Mrs. Linda Weinstock, Mrs. Carol Sundman, Mrs. Chris Brown, Mr. Edward Erdtsieck Mr. John Shook; and Superintendent Dr. Sue Johnson. Construction began in August 2012 and is expected to be completed in May 2013.

Below are photos of work in progress at Reid School as of September 27, 2012. The foundation forms for the new classroom/day care wing have been poured.  Sidewalks throughout the campus as well as the concrete in the quad area are in the process of being removed. Nearly all of the concrete throughout the campus is slated for removalin order to place underground utilities (sewer, electrical, low voltage, etc) in the most cost-effective manner. Trenching for electrical, water, sewer, and low voltage lines is in progress throughout the campus; photos below show the trenching as well as the preparation for a new underground electrical vault that will help with the replacement and upgrade of electrical lines throughout the campus.

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Photos below show the foundations for the new classroom wing (left) and the upper grade wing with sidewalks removed.

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Above left is a photo of the removal of concrete in the quad area; at right shows removal of interior walls between classrooms. Below left is the front wall of the school kitchen, slated for renovation while the photo at right shows the front classroom wing with sidewalks, doors, and windows as well as interior walls removed.

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Cerritos School Modernization Project Complete!

Savanna School District is celebrating the grand re-opening of Cerritos School.  The newly modernized site reopened for students and staff in time for the 2012-13 school year. In addition to enhancing classrooms and office spaces with new furniture, plumbing, roofing, electrical, fire alarm systems, energy efficient dual-paned windows and energy efficient heating and air conditioning units, some older portables were removed and replaced with more updated ones in a new location for preschool and kindergarten classes as well as for Before-and-After-School Child Care programs.

Each classroom has been equipped with a ceiling-mounted DLP projector that interacts with each teacher’s laptop computer, these are connected to a wireless server that provides teachers with access to technological tools to use in the instructional program. Document cameras and voice enhancement systems were also added to classrooms to enhance teaching and learning. Each classroom was equipped with eight Internet drops for student computers as well as a paging system that can be utilized for individual classrooms, groups of classrooms, or school-wide announcements.

The remodeled student restrooms are environmentally friendly, with installed hand dryers replacing the use of paper towels. In addition, enhanced lighting and a comprehensive security system were added to the campus to ensure safety of our students and staff. The school kitchen received an upgrade too.  This includes a “speedline” with both hot food and a salad bar available on a daily basis.  Last but not least, an enlarged and separate staff parking lot was also added to free up much-needed parking spaces for parents and visitors.

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Welcome to the modernized Cerritos Elementary School!

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Pictured at the May 31, 2012 Cerritos School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony are, from left, Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation Mr. Jim Harris; Board Members Mrs. Linda Weinstock, Mrs. Chris Brown, Mrs. Carol Sundman, Mr. John Shook, Superintendent Dr. Sue Johnson, and Board Member Mr. Edward Erdtsieck. Students and staff will begin the 2012-13 school year at the remodeled school. Upgrades to this campus are highlighted on our home page.

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Pictured above is the new front entrance to Cerritos School, complete with expanded covered areas and seat walls for parents to wait for children. Below (left) is a modernized classroom and at right is the remodeled staff workroom; these areas are nearly complete.

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Pictured above (left) is a new seat wall that has been added to the kindergarten waiting area and at right is the nearly completed remodeled kitchen. Below right is a renovated student restroom; at right, Dr. Smeltzer and Dr. Johnson unveil the plaques in front of the office. Dr. Del Smeltzer, Superintendent of the Savanna School District from 1958-1981, was responsible for acquiring the land for the site as well as overseeing the original construction of the school.

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Pictured above is the new commemorative tile wall at Cerritos School. Over 200 tiles were painted and placed on the new commemorative tile wall that represent current and former students as well as many from adults, past and present, who have so generously given their time, talents, and resources to help thousands of Cerritos Cheetahs fulfill their dreams.

2011-12 Measure N Funded Projects

We are grateful to the Savanna community for providing funding to complete modernization of the Cerritos School campus. Work officially began with a groundbreaking on October 20, 2011.

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Pictured at the Cerritos School Groundbreaking Ceremony are, from left, Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation Mr. Jim Harris; Superintendent Dr. Sue Johnson, Board Members Mrs. Chris Brown, Mrs. Linda Weinstock, Mrs. Carol Sundman, Mr. Edward Erdtsieck and Cerritos School Principal Dr. Jerry Friedman. Construction began in August 2011 and is expected to be completed in June 2012.

Below are photos of beginning work on Cerritos School as of October 20, 2011. The foundation forms for the new classroom/day care wing are in the process of being placed, with the plan for concrete to be poured next week.  While we are readying for new concrete to be poured in the kindergarten area, the concrete in the quad area has been removed. Almost all of the concrete throughout the campus is slated for removal.  This is necessary in order to place underground utilities (sewer, electrical, low voltage, etc) in the most cost-effective manner. Trenching for sewer lines has begun throughout the campus; photos below show the trenching as well as the old underground, thus reinforcing the need to replace underground water, sewer, low voltage, and electrical lines throughout the campus.

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Work has continued on Cerritos School through November and December 2011 as shown in the photos below.

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The photos above show the removal of old wall systems (left) as well as a sample of the new wall systems (right) as they await for approval from our structural engineers. The new frames are made of heavy duty steel construction that will indeed last at least another 50 years!  

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The photos above show structural changes to classrooms that have been made to accommodate additional weight on the roof as we prepare to place HVAC units on the roof. The photo on the left shows reinforced steel added to the interior of the classroom; the photo on the right illustrates duct work that has been added to the area.

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Asphalt and concrete throughout the campus has been removed as can be seen in front of the main office, the primary playground, and in front of classrooms. In addition, walls and concrete have been removed in the kitchen, main office, and multi-use room as the contractor prepares for renovation.

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Much work has been done on Cerritos School's roof systems. The roof on each wing has been removed and replaced with new material, along with new edge metal placed on the facia. The covered walkways have been tapered to ensure that water will not collect in these areas, leading to deterioration. 

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As shown below, underground wiring for low voltage components including ethernet, security, and fire alarm systems was installed behind the kitchen.

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Student restrooms, shown below, are in the process of being renovated. As of January 31, plumbing fixtures have been roughed in and new terrazzo florring has been poured. Terrazzo is a poured in place flooring system that will last the next 50 years!

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Hansen School Modernization Project Completed!

With funding from the general obligation bond and the sale of Mary Perez School, we completed a comprehensive modernization of Hansen School during the 2010-11 school year. On June 7, 2011 a Ribbon Cutting and Open House was held for students, staff, and our community to celebrate the school’s reopening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the newly renovated campus. 

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Pictured at the June 7, 2011 Hansen School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony are, from left,Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation Mr. Jim Harris; Board Members Mrs. Carol Sundman, Mr. Patrick Ochoa, Mr. Edward Erdtsieck, Mrs. Linda Weinstock, and Mrs. Chris Brown; and Superintendent Dr. Sue Johnson. Students and staff will begin the 2011-12 school year at the remodeled school.

In addition to enhanced classrooms and office spaces with new furniture, plumbing, roofing, electrical, fire alarm systems, energy efficient dual-paned windows and energy efficient heating and air conditioning units, some older portables were removed and replaced with more updated ones in a new location for preschool and kindergarten classes as well as for before- and after-school child care programs. Each classroom has been equipped with a ceiling-mounted DLP projector that will interact with each teacher’s laptop connected to our wireless server, providing teachers with access to technological tools to use in the instructional program. Document cameras and voice enhancement systems have also been added to classrooms that further enhance teaching and learning. Each classroom has been equipped with eight Internet drops for student computers as well as a paging system that can be utilized for individual classrooms, groups of classrooms, or school-wide announcements. Newly remodeled student restrooms have ‘gone green’ through the use of hand dryers in place of paper towels.

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The photos above (top left) shows a classroom with new furniture; (top right) a classroom with new ceiling tiles, ceiling-mounted DLP projector, and new white boards (with protective film still attached); (bottom left) the exterior of a classroom wing with new classroom doors and windows, new sidewalks, new paint, and newly planted grass in the adjacent courtyard; and (bottom right) a newly remodeled student restroom with new floor-to-ceiling tile, new terrazo flooring, new scratch-resistent partitions, and new sinks. All plumbing, sewer lines, and fixtures were replaced throughout the school.

In addition, enhanced lighting and a comprehensive security system were added to the campus to ensure safety of our students and staff.  An extension was added to the Hansen School office, connecting it to the existing multi-purpose room. 

Below are photos of the Hansen School office completed in June 2011:

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Pictured above is the Hansen Office (top photos) including the expansion. The office area includes a reception area, health office, principal's office, a conference room, an itinerant office, and an enlarged staff room. It connects to the multi-purpose room through a foyer. At left is the office reception area.

The school kitchen was upgraded to include a ‘speed line’ where both hot food and a salad bar will be available for students on a daily basis.  A separate staff parking lot was added, freeing up much-needed parking spaces for parents and visitors. Over the summer, Hansen students and staff have been moved ‘home’ from the Interim Campus; they will begin the 2011-12 school year in a newly renovated school!

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The photos above (top left) shows the salad bar in the new kitchen, (top right) some of the 19 security cameras on the site, (bottom left) the upper grade courtyard; and (bottom right) is the new primary playground, complete with a newly planted tree.

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The photos above show the new wing of buildings added to accommodate day care, after-school programs, and school support programs including speech and Title I. The photo at the top left is the wing of buildings from behind, with the staff parking lot to the right; the photo at the top right shows the wing of buildings from the primary playground. The two photos at the bottom show the interior of the classrooms. Day care rooms are connected by an adjoining door.

Below are photos of the landscaping of the newly completed Hansen School:

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Pictured above (top left) is the landscaping in front of the new staff parking lot; (top right) the landscaping in front of the classroom wing adjacent to the front parking lot; and (bottom left) the landscaping in front of the office area adjacent to the area where students will wait for walking home or parent pick-up.

Cerritos School students and staff will be moved to the Interim Campus, located on the corner of Holder and Orange Avenues, for the 2011-12 school year while their home school undergoes capital improvements.  Our other two schools will move to the Interim Campus in subsequent years, one year at a time, as their campuses are modernized.  Plans for the Cerritos modernization project will be similar in scope to improvements made to Hansen School.

It is the goal of the Savanna School District to provide the most exemplary educational facilities for students both now and in the future. These projects have all been possible because of the general obligation bond that was passed by our local community (Measure N) and the sale of Mary Perez School to fund capital improvements at each of our four elementary schools.  These projects and more will impact our children's education and our community for generations to come, demonstrating “The Best Is Yet To Come!”

2010-11 Measure N Funded Projects

Since our groundbreaking in September 2010, we have made tremendous progress on the modernization of the Hansen School campus.

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Pictured at the Hansen School Groundbreaking Ceremony are, from left, Board Members Mr. Patrick Ochoa, Mrs. Linda Weinstock, and Mrs. Carol Sundman; Superintendent Dr. Sue Johnson, and Board Members Mrs. Chris Brown and Mr. Edward Erdtsieck. Construction began August 30, 2010 and is expected to be completed in June 2011.

 

Below are photos of beginning work on Hansen School. All the ceiling tiles were removed to expose the wood trusses, clearing the way for work to begin on heating and air conditioning vents, wiring, and other items that have been placed above the classroom ceilings. The wood trusses in the ceiling appear to have all been hand crafted on-site; this is a level of construction not found in newer buildings.  They are very well made and should last another 50 years!

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The photos above (top left) shows a classroom, (top right) the school's multi-purpose room with flooring, ceiling tiles, and wall coverings removed. The photo at the bottom left is a photo of the school kitchen with walls removed in preparation for a complete remodel of this area while the photo at the bottom right shows the adult restrooms in the foyer of the multi-purpose room as crews ready them for expansion.

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The photo above, top left, shows the beginning of the sidewalk removal while the photo at the top right shows the area with the sidewalk cleared in preparation for new water and sewer lines into classrooms as well as to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The photo at the left shows the school office with the supply room removed in preparation for the office expansion.

Click here for a slideshow of photos taken throughout the construction at Hansen School as of October 15, 2010

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The photo at the right shows the work that has been completed as of March 2011 on the front office addition at Hansen School. The photo at the lower left shows the new lower casework that has been installed in Hansen's classrooms while the photo at the lower right shows the footings that have been poured for a new wing of buildings to house day care, speech, and the RSP program at Hansen School.

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Click here for a video of work that has been completed at Hansen School as of February 2011.

Click here for a video of work that has been completed at Hansen School as of March 18, 2011.

2010 Measure N Funded Projects

Our Interim School Site, located on the northeast portion of the Holder School campus, was completed in June 2010. The Interim School will serve students and staff from each school during the year while their school is being modernized. Below are photos from our groundbreaking in February 2010:

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Pictured at left, at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Interim Campus and the new permanent classroom wing at Holder School are, from left: Dr. Sue Johnson, Superintendent, and Board of Trustees Members Mr. Edward Erdtsieck, Mrs. Linda Weinstock, Mr. Patrick Ochoa, Mrs. Carol Sundman, and Mrs. Chris Brown. Construction began on February 8, 2010 and was completed in July 2010.

 

Because Hansen School is being modernized during the 2010-11 school year, they are the first occupants of the Interim Site. Several moves have taken place on the Holder campus as well, with Holder’s special education SDC class, day care and preschool programs moving to the permanent portables that were added to the Holder campus.  In addition, ceiling-mounted DLP projectors have been installed in each classroom. This is all possible because of Measure N; these monies can only be spent on approved bond projects. 

Below are photos of the permanent classrooms added to Holder School to be utilized by day care, preschool, and special education programs for both Holder School and the Interim School:

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Pictured above is the permanent wing added to the Holder School campus, the relocated playground equipment, the interior of one of the new permanent classrooms, and the interior of a new adult restroom. Additional student restrooms, in addition to the adult restroom, were added to the site. (Student restrooms look similar to the adult restroom pictured at left.)

 

Below are photos of the Interim School facilities completed in August 2010:

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Pictured above is the Interim Site Office (top left) and the wing of classrooms occupied by students in grades 5 and 6 (top right). At left is a wing of classrooms housing grades 3 and 4 during the 2010-11 school year.

 

 

Below are photos of the Interim Site kitchen. Students eat outside under a shade structure similar to that on each of our current campuses.

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Below is a photo of the dedication and ribbon cutting for the Interim Campus and the new permanent portable buildings added to the Holder School campus:

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Pictured at left are: Board Members Edward Erdtsieck, Carol Sundman, Patrick Ochoa; Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation Jim Harris; Board Members Linda Weinstock and Chris Brown; and Superintendent Dr. Sue Johnson.

Click here for a slideshow of photos taken throughout construction of the Interim Site

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Reid School's Multi-Use Room has been renovated with the addition of a movable wall facing the outdoor eating area, providing for better and increased use of the area for assemblies and student performances.

Click here for a slideshow of photos taken throughout the construction on the Reid School Multi-Purpose Room.

2009 Measure N Funded Projects

Through Measure N funding in 2009, we completed several projects that have made a significant impact on the instructional program and streamlined school operations. These include moving the district's central kitchen out of Hansen School to a new location, installing ceiling-mounted DLP projectors and audio enhancement systems in classrooms, and providing each classroom with a document camera. These projects have helped to enhance the learning environment and provide teachers with new tools for teaching.

central kitchenThe photo at right shows the new central kitchen, which opened in August 2009. The completed facility includes areas for food preparation, an office for the Director of Food Services, and a conference room. A commercial grade walk-in refrigerator and a commercial grade walk-in freezer are included in the kitchen.

 

 

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Pictured at left during the Dedication/Ribbon Cutting in August 2009 are: Dr. Sue Johnson, Superintendent; Board Members Chris Brown, Patrick Ochoa, Carol Sundman, and Linda Weinstock.

Click here for a slideshow of photos taken throughout construction of the Hansen Central Kitchen Relocation Project

 

 

 

 

 

Below are photos of the modernization that was completed on Holder's kindergarten classroom and playground during 2009, in preparation for the Interim Site placement on Holder's campus:

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Click here for a slideshow of the Holder kindergarten classroom and playground project.