San Diego - Nearly two years after the groundbreaking ceremony, the San Diego ISD and community officially entered the newly built Bernarda Jaime Junior High School on Tuesday as the smell of paint still lingered in the hallways.
Before the community entered the campus the School Board members and Superintendent Dr. Samuel Bueno held a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off the celebration.
According to Dr. Bueno, the district approved a bond election in 2010 and with the support of the community they were able to obtain the money for the project, an estimated $12 million dollars.
“The district had the vision, but the community deserves the real credit,” he said. “If it wasn't for the community approving the bond election we would not have been able to have gone forward with the project.”
Board member Librada “Libby” Vela spoke during the ceremony thanking the community for their support and expressed how hard the board worked to get the students of San Diego a new school.
The junior high was completed in June. The new building includes brand new classrooms equipped with the latest technology, state of the art science labs, an 80 student band hall, an 800 seat gym, computer labs, library and a full service kitchen and cafeteria.
“We feel really good about finally being able to provide the junior high kids a facility they deserve,” Dr. Bueno stated.
According to Dr. Bueno, certain hallways in the old junior high campus would flood during rain storms.
The old junior high will soon be demolished.
Along with a new building the junior high students will have a new but familiar face as their principal. The former Collins-Parr Elementary Principal Yvonne Munoz accepted the BJJH principal position.
“It will be a new challenge at a different campus,” Munoz stated. “I'm ready, I'm excited. An advantage for me is that the incoming students were my students and already know me.”
Munoz is looking forward to her 300 students having the opportunity to further their education with the state of the art technology.
According to Dr. Bueno, the district will now be looking into landscaping, parking and paving, and picnic tables in the front of the campus where students can wait for their parents after school.
Also in attendance were members of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Beta Pi Chapter and the Tri-County Retired Teachers Association.
According to Beta Pi Chapter President Adela Navarro, the late Bernanda Jaime was instrumental in the start of the local organizations.
The school will be ready for teachers, faculty and most importantly the students for the 2016-2017 school year which begins on Aug. 22.