Lamont Elementary Begins Construction on $8 Million Classroom Project

Tuesday December 19, 2023

As students rolled out for winter break this week, the heavy machinery rolled in to begin leveling aging buildings at Lamont Elementary School. The demolition will make way for eight new modular classrooms, expected to open next fall.

The project officially began during a celebration last week marked by solidarity and vision. District superintendent Lori Gonzalez highlighted a collective commitment to fostering an enriched learning environment for the youngest members of Lamont’s educational community, thanks for an $8 million state grant. Lamont Elementary School serves the district’s pre-k and kindergarten students.

Gonzalez set the tone for the ceremony with heartfelt words acknowledging the significance of the occasion.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to all those who have contributed to the realization of this project – from our dedicated educators and staff to the parents, community members, and the architects and builders who brought this vision to life,” she said during the ribbon-cutting ceremony held Dec. 14. “Your collaboration and support have been instrumental in creating these modern, safe, and inspiring spaces for our children to learn and grow.”

Demolition on several aging buildings begins at Lamont Elementary to make way for new classrooms to serve the district’s pre-K and K students.

Gonzalez emphasized the profound impact the new classrooms will have on the district, emphasizing their role as gateways to endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.

“The addition of these modular classrooms is a testament to our commitment to providing the best possible learning environment for our youngest students,” she said. “These vibrant and purpose-built spaces have been designed with the unique needs of our our students in mind, fostering a nurturing and stimulating atmosphere for their early educational journey.”

Board president, Ernesto Garay, conveyed gratitude and pride on behalf of the board.

“It signifies growth, progress, and our commitment to excellence,” he said. “As a board member, witnessing this achievement fills me with pride.”

District superintendent Lori Gonzalez addresses the audience during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 14, 2023.

By Robert Meszaros

By Robert Meszaros

Rob Meszaros is Director of Communications for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, where he has served since 2012. In his role, Meszaros oversees media relations, internal and external communication strategies, publications, Marcom, branding, and multi-media content creation. Before joining KCSOS, Meszaros was the PIO for CSU Bakersfield and earlier worked for seven years at The Bakersfield Californian.