Monday, June 14, 2010

San Benito to build $7.8M ‘green' elementary

San Benito to build $7.8M ‘green' elementary
June 13, 2010 1:00 AM
By FERNANDO DEL VALLE/Valley Morning Star

LA PALOMA — School’s going green in the fastest growing part of the San Benito school district, officials said.

The district will build a $7.8 million elementary school whose solar panels and “green” design will make it a model campus in the Rio Grande Valley, said Oscar Medrano, the school board’s president.

“This is a first for us,” Medrano said. “It will be a magnet for other districts in the Valley.”

A $37 million bond issue passed in 2007 will pay for construction of the school to be built on FM 732, about three miles north of La Paloma, officials said.

The 70,000-square-foot school will relieve overcrowding at La Paloma Elementary School in the district’s fastest growing area, Medrano said.

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