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Office of Public School Construction Helps Celebrate Ribbon Cutting at Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School

Date: Friday, December 17, 2021
Source: California Department of General Services

The school year started with an upgraded and modernized campus in the Fallbrook Elementary School District. The district held a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 13 in Oceanside, CA to celebrate the completion of the modernization of the Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School on Marine Corp Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton. The project includes all new administration, kindergarten and elementary classrooms, multi-purpose room with gymnasium and food service, special education and music rooms, and a two-story media center. The Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School site received approximately $11.9 million in state funding from the School Facility Program.

Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School

In 2014, the Fallbrook Elementary School District was the fourth California school district to be invited and 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. As a result of the DOD’s Facility Condition Assessment the school was ranked #21 in the nationwide priority list. In 2019, the school district received full construction funding and in total has been awarded a total of $49.9 million in federal funding by OLDCC to upgrade facilities and modernize the school. 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 for a total investment of $62.4 million.

Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School

The school district serves 5,076 students and has ten schools located in the Oceanside, CA, with two schools on MCB Camp Pendleton. Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School serves approximately 779 students serving kindergarten through eighth grades. The project included complete replacement of the school addressing seismically deficient covered walkways throughout the campus and severe structural deficiencies due to the deterioration of the wood-framed structure.

Those attending the ribbon cutting ceremony included the Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer, Lisa Silverman, and Chief of Program Services, Michael Watanabe; Deputy Commander of Marine Corps Installation West, Camp Pendleton – Colonel Ian Clark; Major General (USMC, Retired) Anthony Jackson from the Governor’s Military Council; representatives from the office of California Senator Patricia Bates; Sigmund Csicsery and Adam Wright from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation; District Superintendent Candace Singh, past/present school board members, and other local officials.

Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School


OPSC serves as staff to the State Allocation Board and implements and administers a $42 billion voter-approved school facilities construction program.