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RENOVATIONS BEGIN FOR BENTON MAGNET MIDDLE SCHOOL IN LA MIRADA

On hand for the ceremonial turning of the shovels were NLMUSD Board of Education members and district administrators, along with staff, students and parents. City of La Mirada elected officials and administrators along with business and service club representatives were also in attendance. 

 

Campus Celebrates Groundbreaking for Project Funded by Measures G & S

By Richard De La Torre

A ceremonial groundbreaking event was held today for major exterior renovations at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s Benton Magnet Middle School.

The afternoon event marked the start of extensive landscaping and athletic field improvements, new construction, outdoor signage and remodeling work at the campus. The project, which includes planning and design work, is budgeted for $8.9 million and scheduled to take about a year to complete. Funding is provided through Measure G, the district’s capital improvements bond passed by voters in 2014, and a similar bond, Measure S, passed in 2002.

“This is the continuation of cost-effective modernization work around the district that will help provide more safety and convenience for our students, staff and visitors,” said NLMUSD Board of Education President Chris Pflanzer.  “It’s also a good investment for the community at-large. It’s going to look gorgeous when it’s done.”

Benton Middle School, built in 1952, is a magnet visual and performing arts campus in La Mirada that serves 500-plus students. The site has been in need of property-wide improvements and expansion for its playground areas, parking lots and pedestrian walkways.

Work at the school will begin in the next few weeks with the project expected to be completed in February 2019. Interior renovation work has been done at the campus in previous years through the Measure S funding.

“We are so proud to celebrate this dream come true of wonderful improvements that will help the school continue its exemplary education programs and outstanding record of academic achievement,” said district Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian.

Nearly $9 Million in Renovations Begin for Benton Middle School

On hand for the ceremonial turning of the shovels were NLMUSD Board of Education members and district administrators, along with staff, students and parents. City of La Mirada elected officials and administrators along with business and service club representatives were also in attendance.

Another groundbreaking event for similar exterior renovation work at Corvallis Middle School in Norwalk is scheduled for Dec. 14.  The project, which will cost a total of $8.2 million, is also expected to take about a year to complete. Corvallis, which opened in 1962, is a science-technology-engineering-mathematic magnet school with an enrollment of more than 700.

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