December 8, 2000
Chula Vista The recent completion
of the $7.8 million remodel of Juarez Lincoln Elementary School
was celebrated with a grand re-opening sponsored by local builder,
Pardee Homes, on November 9. The event, held in the school auditorium,
brought students and their families, teachers, school and administrators
and Chula Vista City School board members together to tour the
remodeled Kindergarten through sixth grade school.
Colorful clowns and refreshments were sponsored by Pardee, as Connie Smith, principal of Juarez Lincoln introduced key Chula vista Board members, as well as the incoming student council leadership.
Pardee Homes, who has contributed in excess of $500,000 on behalf of its Dennery Ranch residential development, will contribute nearly $5 million at build out to the Chula Vista School District to fund initial improvements to school facilities. Pardee also presented an additional check for $3,000 to Smith at the grand re-opening.
"We're pleased to support the schools in this growing community," said Carlene Bask-evitch, project manager for Pardee Homes. "Our check presentation at the grand re-opening party at Juarez Lincoln is intended for technological improvements such as new computers. We wish Principal Smith, and all the students at Juarez Lincoln, continued educational success in their newly remodeled facility."
For all practical purposed, the remodeled Juarez Lincoln facility represents a brand new school that will serve both the existing neighborhood as well as Dennery Ranch students within the Chula Vista Elementary School District. This provides residents of Dennery Ranch, an area located just east of I-805 and south of Palm Avenue, with a new facility years ahead of any possible new school construction.
The Juarez Lincoln renovation includes an increase of classrooms from 16 to 32 rooms, a new library, expansion of the auditorium, increased parking, a reconfigured playground and the construction of an outdoor, all-weather meeting/cafeteria area. The remodel was completed over a 72-day period during the summer of 2000.