Milpitas Unified School District Celebrates Completion of New Mabel Mattos Elementary School

Mattos Elementary School Built by Blach Construction, Mabel Mattos is City’s First New School in 48 Years

Milpitas, Calif., Aug. 9, 2018 – On Tuesday, Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of Mabel Mattos Elementary School, the city’s first new school in almost five decades, named for its first historian. The event was a true community celebration with MUSD representatives, school faculty, staff, and students, project partners, members of the Mabel Mattos family and neighborhood residents in attendance.

"Mabel Mattos Elementary School is truly a reflection of the great work we do as a community, and the fulfillment of a vision our school and city leaders had nearly 15 years ago" said MUSD Superintendent Cheryl Jordan. "This will be a state-of-the art school employing cutting edge instructional strategies within grade level learning communities, fostering the curiosity and growth of our children and honoring the great historian for which it is named."

"Opening a new school is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a principal, and I am grateful to have been able to watch the formation from design through construction and thank all who have made this possible," continued Founding Principal Dr. Jackie Vo-Felbinger. "With flexible learning zones, a learning community model and a committed teaching staff and engaged families, our students will gain the knowledge and skills to elevate this vibrant community, just like Mabel Mattos elevated hers."

Built by Blach Construction and designed by IBI Group, the school will start by serving 238 students in kindergarten through second grade at the 6.7-acre site in south Milpitas at 1750 McCandless Drive. The Measure E 2012 bond provides funding for Phase I of the new elementary school, which consists of one administration building, a two-story building with eight classrooms, and all underground utilities for future phases. Additional funding is needed to complete the expansion Phases II and III, which could potentially open to students in August 2020 and 2022, respectively. Once all three phases are complete, the elementary school is anticipated to accommodate more than 700 students.

"We have been long-time partners with MUSD and are thrilled to have been able to support them and the residents of Milpitas with this project," said Blach Construction Vice President of Business Development & Marketing Kim Scott. "We applaud the coordination of all involved, allowing us to deliver an innovative open-concept school in an expedited timeframe."

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Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018