FAIRFIELD — Golden Hills Community School on Wednesday celebrated its new, $4.7 million classroom building.
The building contains six classrooms, including a computer lab. It will serve the 72 high school students referred to the school by the Fairfield-Suisun School District.
Buildings show who a community is and what it values, county Superintendent of Schools Jay Speck said. The new classroom complex shows the students that they deserve a nice facility, he said.
“Buildings do matter,” Speck said.
About 60 school and local officials crowded into the computer lab for the opening ceremony. The building started being used in early January.
Golden Hills Community School is located at 2460 Clay Bank Road and is run by the county Office of Education. Students who faced problems at their regular schools get assigned there.
The new building wasn’t needed to accommodate a rapidly expanding student population. Rather, it replaces a temporary building that Speck said was beyond modernization.
“We’ve been working on this project for nine years, trying to get it funded, trying to get it started,” Speck said.
Money came from state bonds.
Speck expressed hope that the state will pass another school bond. That would allow the Office of Education to try to get money to replace other temporary buildings at Golden Hills Community School that house special education classes. He’d like to have more of these ceremonies over the next four or five years, he said.
For now, though, there’s the $4.7 million building to celebrate.
“Really, this is sort of a dream come true,” said Rick Vaccaro, director of alternative education for the county Office of Education.
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