FAIRFIELD — The renaissance of rural Suisun Valley Elementary School takes center stage Thursday as the school board reviews the summer’s renovations and looks at increased enrollment.
The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board during the regular meeting will hear a final update on construction at the school, which added seven new classrooms, two new bathrooms and relocated four modular buildings.
“It really changed the look of the campus,” said Kelly Morgan, the district’s assistant superintendent of business services.
Morgan said that while the construction wasn’t “high-profile,” it allows “more children the opportunity to go to such a great school.”
The school, located in rural Suisun Valley, once had a sinking enrollment of 261 children in 2007-08 and had been on the short list of schools to close at various times. This year it is at 489 children, “which is what we wanted,” Morgan said.
Both B. Gale Wilson and Suisun Valley elementary schools had small elementary programs. Morgan said the district decided to ween out kindergarten through third grade at B. Gale Wilson and move them to Suisun Valley. Eventually all the regular elementary schoolchildren, not including the dual immersion program, will be at Suisun Valley.
Morgan said they’ve steadily been trying to grow the student population at the rural school.
“We got to the point we were outgrowing the classrooms,” she said.
A closed session starts at 5 p.m. The governing board will reconvene at 6 p.m. at 2490 Hilborn Road, Room 108.
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