The 2019-20 school year will always be known as the year of COVID-19, but the students, staff and parents will likely also remember it was the year of completion for the Marengo Ranch renovations and upgrades. Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) Director of Business Services Lois Yount was very pleased to have this project completed.
“After 15 months of construction, Marengo Ranch Elementary modernizations are complete,” Yount said. “The scope for this project included a complete exterior façade removal and replacement, which included removing all brick pillars. Exterior building lights were replaced, bathrooms modernized, and the fire and intrusion alarms upgraded. Roofs were replaced or coated, dry rot was replaced, and all buildings and portals were painted.”
Superintendent Karen Schauer said this project would not have happened without community support.
“The process, from planning to completion, was two years,” Schauer said. “When we reopen, our students, staff and families are coming back to a modernized facility that truly is a shining neighborhood treasure for our community. Measure K provided $8 million to improve school facilities. Lois Yount, Director of Business Services, has masterfully planned and executed this facilities improvement effort with staff, contractors and bond oversight committee. I am so grateful to the community of Galt for their support of Measure K and good work it is accomplishing across our school district.”
During those 15 months, students, staff and parents had to dodge construction fences and find new ways to get to their classrooms, and those routes were constantly changing. But, according to Yount, it was all worth the effort.
“This project was successfully completed due to the teamwork, experience and professionalism of S+B James Construction Management Company and PBK Architects,” Yount said. “We thank the taxpayers in Galt for passing the 2016 Measure K Facilities Bond. These bond funds were used to complete the Marengo Ranch Elementary project and many more projects at our school sites. We also thank the Marengo Ranch staff, students, families and neighbors for their patience and flexibility during construction.”
Yount was asked how the completion of the modernization would affect learning at Marengo Ranch.
“It is so exciting to have a ‘new’ campus for our students, staff and community,” Yount said. “We know that school facilities impact student behavior, health, engagement and learning.”
Principal Jennifer Porter is looking forward to the new school year with an updated campus.
“Students, staff and families will be thrilled to come back to a reopened school that looks so different,” Porter said. “The modernization addressed a range of facilities improvements, from new air conditioning to improved walkways and shade structures.”