About 40 people attended a reception last Thursday to celebrate major improvements coming to Williams Unified School District campuses.

 

Instead of using ceremonial gold shovels to break ground for a major construction project, members of the Williams Unified School District Board of Trustees last Thursday used gold spoons to dig into a cake decorated with the vision of new schools.

District officials celebrated, along with their construction team and bond oversight committee, a plan for improving the district’s campuses over the next eight to 10 years. The reception at Granzella’s Banquet Hall also served as an opportunity for people to see the completed Facilities Master Plan, and meet the people largely responsible for its undertaking.

“The event was a success,” said District Liaison Patricia Barba, “There were around 40 attendees, and we appreciated their time and support for coming out to hear about the Facilities Master Plan and vision we have for Williams Unified School District and the community.”

The evening included presentations by Superintendent Edgar Lampkin, and the construction team, which includes Christina Frankel, principal architect; Cameron Harrison, project manager; Michael Cannon, financial advisor; Brian Quint, attorney; Greg Isom, bond advisor; and Chris Vicencio, architect.

The Community Bond Oversight Committee includes John Troughton, Jr., Chairman, Virginia Frias, Don Parsons, and Alma Trosky.

Many attendees asked questions about the plan, and said they were very supportive of efforts to improve the schools.

Barba thanked the Granzella’s staff, along with others for making the reception the success it was.

Derivi Castellanos Architects, Landmark Construction, School Works, Quint Thimmig, LLP, Isom Advisors, and American Modular Systems hosted the event.

The community is invited to view Facilities Master Plan images and boards, which are located in the hallway at the District Office, 499 Marguerite St., Suite C, Williams. ■