Schools - August 18, 2010

Menlo Park district opens new school facilities

The Menlo Park City School District invites the public to ribbon-cutting ceremonies this month at its three renovated elementary schools.

Laurel School ceremonies at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23, will celebrate the opening of the third-grade pod of classrooms, and other buildings, including art and science facilities and a small multipurpose room. The construction project to renovate the campus began in June 2008.

Encinal School will host a ribbon-cutting at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, for its new fourth- and fifth-grade complex. The facilities include 12 classrooms; a new multipurpose room/gymnasium; and art, music and science classrooms.

The Encinal renovation and expansion project was designed to turn the Grade 3-5 school into a K-5 school, and accommodate projected enrollment growth. The expanded campus can accommodate about 700 students.

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, ribbon-cutting takes place at 6 p.m. at Oak Knoll School. The back-to-school program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Oak Knoll has a new fourth- and fifth-grade complex of 12 classrooms; a multipurpose room/gymnasium; and art, music and science classrooms. The renovated K-5 campus is designed to accommodate a projected enrollment of up to about 700 students.

School principals and presidents of the parent-teacher organizations will cut the ribbons and welcome the public to tour the new facilities.

The campus renovation and modernization projects, which include the recently begun Hillview Middle School project, are funded by the Measure U bond measure passed by voters in June 2006.

For more information about the events, call the district office at 321-7140.

Go to for more information about the renovation projects.


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