The new school year is kicking off with upgraded and modernized campuses in the Muroc Unified School District in Kern County. The district held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 10 in Edwards, CA to celebrate the completion of the modernization of the Bailey Elementary School and relocation of Branch Elementary School. This phase of the project includes new classroom wings, a new shared library, a new shared multi-purpose facility, and music/specialty classrooms. The sites, along with the Desert Junior/Senior High School, received approximately $18.5 million in state funding from the School Facility Program.
In 2017, the Muroc Unified School District was the third California school district to be awarded a design grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) through its Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC) for the Construction, Renovation, Repair or Expansion of Public Schools Located on Military Installations Program. The district is the sixth in California to receive full construction funding and has been awarded a total of $141.6 million by OLDCC to upgrade facilities and modernize these schools. The state funding provided, in combination with local contribution, was used to meet federal requirements for a 20 percent local matching contribution on the projects.