MUSD Unveils New Energy-Efficient Classroom Building at Washington Elementary on the First Day of School


With parents in tow, Washington Elementary students walked on to campus on Monday, August 25 feeling the exhilarated buzz that can only happen on the first day of school. This year, however, students had a little something more to be excited about -- a new two-story classroom building featuring 11 classrooms and an energy efficient design opened for instruction.

The $9 million project, partially funded by the Measure M facilities bond passed by the Montebello community in 2004, features 11 classrooms equipped with smart boards, as well as staff and student restrooms. The remaining costs were paid for through California's Overcrowding Relief Grant Program, which provides school districts with means to reduce the number of portable classrooms on campus by replacing them with permanent classrooms.

"When we broke ground two years ago, we had the entire school community -- teachers, students and parents -- supporting the process,” said Cynthia Herrera, Principal at Washington Elementary School. "This beautiful building is truly an asset for the District, for the community and most importantly for our students."

In addition to the new building, the school's playground will feature new tetherball courts and a handball court -- as well as the added bonus of extra space now that the portable bungalows will be removed.

"With new technological features, this building is equipped for the implementation of new state-implemented teaching standards, such as Common Core, going into effect this year," said Superintendent of Schools Cleve Pell. "This building truly illustrates the progress we are making at MUSD, and we look forward to another successful school year."

Fourth- and fifth-grade students will be housed in the new building as a part of the school's effort to teach the upper-grade students concurrently.