It’s the oldest elementary school in the Galt elementary district but on Back-to-School Night Aug. 29, Valley Oaks Elementary was shining once again. The Measure K improvements gave the campus a facelift with more security, modernized restrooms, a brand new kitchen and a multipurpose room complete with new sports equipment.

Dr. Karen Schauer, superintendent of Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD), said the reactions from parents and students were marked with appreciation.

“As I spoke to families and staff during Back-to-School Night, they conveyed how beautiful the multi-purpose room looked with big smiles,” Schauer said. “As Principal David Nelson conveyed his pride in student and staff accomplishments, the new facility captured the positive learning and enrichment efforts of Valley Oaks Elementary School.”

David Nelson, principal, and Laura Marquez, assistant principal, welcomed families to the event in the newly modernized multi-purpose room. During the gathering in the renovated building, Nelson reviewed the school’s mission that education is the shared responsibility of everyone: student, teacher, parent and community. He also recognized parents, staff and the community for working together to support the school facilities bond Measure K.

“Both students and parents have been super impressed with how our multi-use room looks now,” Nelson said. “With the new interior lighting and new wall/ceiling paint, it is so much brighter in there, and everyone notices that, first thing. The kids have commented about how nice the renovated bathrooms are, too.”

Schauer said students would not be the only people to enjoy the renovations.

“This Valley Oaks Elementary School facility is used for a range of school or community activities throughout the school day, after school and for parks and recreation activities,” Schauer said. “From daily food services to school assemblies, performances and after school opportunities, the improved lighting, new kitchen and flooring definitely improve the quality of these services and learning experiences.”

Nelson said the renovations add more than just improved function.

“They (the students) also really like the water bottle filling station that was installed, too,” Nelson said. “The students, parents and staff all really love the yellow and black school colors that are throughout the multi – on the floor, on the basketball backboards, and the roll-down kitchen doors. Everybody has been super impressed with how nice it looks. Additionally, we were able to get a new projector that is mounted to the ceiling, and we rerouted some wiring so that now, for presentations, the entire floor can be clear.”

Renovating Valley Oaks has paved the way for more changes, according to Schauer.

“School facilities contribute to a safe, healthy and motivating learning environment,” Schauer said.  “Our district has prioritized improving facilities for the last four years through our strategic plan, Goal 4: School Facilities are safe, healthy, hazard free and equipped for 21st Century Learning. The community’s support of Measure K is definitely making a lasting difference for our students, staff, families and community.”