The event took place near the corner of Cottonwood and Belle Terrace, which is where the new school will be located. The proceedings included student led flag salute and national anthem, and presentations from BCSD Superintendent Doc Ervin, Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh and others.
When asked about the new school, Doc Ervin said, “This is a good project because having a state-of-the-art, 21st century STEAM academy is going to bring this community to life, it’s going to be something they cherish for the rest of their lives.”
Mayor Karen Goh said, “What an exciting day this is when we can see expansion in our education system. As our city expands, it is important that we serve all of our residents, and I am delighted that we have a new school here where the child will come first.”
Charnelle Nolan, current Munsey student who would be part of the inaugural class at the new school, said, “I like this new school because it is closer to our house and our parents could get more involved at our school and maybe help with activities.”
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020, and will be the first new campus in BCSD since 2015. It is estimated that the initial enrollment will be 900 students and will provide education for grades K-8.
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