Wednesday, May 30, 2007

School District Celebrates Twin Achievements

School District Celebrates Twin Achievements
By Susan Winlow

The new district building on Hilborn Road will be officially dedicated today. (Photo by Mike McCoy)

FAIRFIELD - The Fairfield-Suisun School District will celebrate twice this week - Thursday and Friday - with the dedication of the district office building and the celebration of Green Valley Middle School being named a 2007 California Distinguished School.

Up first is the Thursday dedication of the $14 million school district office building, which was completed enough to house district personnel in June 2006.

A year passed and waiting a year to dedicate a building is not unusual, said Rob Pierce, the assistant superintendent of facilities and operations.

"Last summer and fall were pretty busy with just getting people in and set," he said. "We waited through the rainy season and here we are."

The dedication will be held outside and should last about an hour, Pierce said.

The mayor of Fairfield, Harry Price, School Superintendent Woodrow Carter and school board president Gary Falati are scheduled to speak at the dedication. Music will be provided by Crystal and Green Valley middle schools.

The new district office has three-stories and 75,000 square feet. For 10 years prior, the district office was in the David Weir Elementary School on Pennsylvania Avenue. When district personnel moved into the new offices at 2490 Hilborn Rd., David Weir Elementary School was renovated and turned back into a school.

"Our dedication ceremony will officially recognize a facility that Fairfield-Suisun, as well as the entire county, can be justifiably proud," Carter said.

On Friday, Green Valley Middle School will celebrate its 2007 California Distinguished School award. The celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. and a reception in the library will follow. Green Valley was one of 75 middle schools - out of 1,250 - in California selected for the 2007 honor.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or

At a glance
Who: Public
What: Fairfield-Suisun School District office building dedication
When: 4 p.m. Thursday
Where: 2490 Hilborn Rd, Fairfield
Info: 399-5000

At a glance
Who: Public
What: Green Valley Middle School Distinguished School Ceremony
When: 10:30 a.m. Friday
Where: 1350 Gold Hill Rd, Fairfield
Info: 646-7000

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