Fourth and fifth graders at Serrano Elementary School have been all smiles the first week of school after becoming the first group of students to attend classes in the school’s new two-story classroom building. The nearly 12,000 square foot building has eight classrooms that replaced portable units at the school. The new building also houses a teacher workroom and restroom facilities. The $7 million building was funded through the state’s Emergency Repair Program (ERP) and Community Facilities District funds.
Serrano Elementary School opened in 1986. Serrano’s enrollment for the 2017-18 school year is approximately 550. “This building will be a great place for students to learn and teachers to teach. It is part of our commitment to improving our facilities and making them a place students want to come each day,” said Board Member Susan Smith, whose trustee area includes Serrano Elementary School.
Principal Maria Arreola selected modern, collaborative-encouraging furniture in the school colors of red and white to finish the rooms with style. The building was also designed with interactive projectors and audio systems in each classroom. “Adding a new building at Serrano Elementary School is an investment in our future. We want all students to attend class in a space that provides a 21st-century learning experience,” said Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora.