Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) will be
able to expand two schools on Camp Pendleton thanks to a federal grant.
The work will greatly enhance student learning by providing
space for new technology, art, music as well as enhanced drop-off areas and
The grant from the Department of Defense's Office of
Economic Adjustment (DOD-OEA) is the result of three years of planning and
grant writing related to new campuses.
"We are incredibly honored to be the recipient of both
DOD-OEA new school grants,” said Bill Billingsley, the school district’s director
of communications and liaison to Camp Pendleton. “The 1,500 military
dependents that currently attend FUESD schools richly deserve world class facilities
to accompany the world class teaching and learning they receive
The design-only portion of the grant currently being funded
equals $2.4 million for Mary Fay Pendleton School and an additional $2.2
million for San Onofre School.
The new buildings will be constructed on the existing
campuses, adjacent to existing school structures. After construction, the old buildings will be demolished to make way for new playing fields.
The expected construction grants will cover $40 million for
Mary Fay Pendleton and an additional $40 million for San Onofre School to
construct the new buildings.
The objective of the grants are to be responsive to public
schools on military installations, address severe capacity and condition
challenges at schools located on military installations, and provide a 21st
Century learning environment to children attending Mary Fay Pendleton and San
The Mary Fay Pendleton and San Onofre campuses were assessed
by the Department of Justice and ranked based on structural condition and
enrollment. Mary Fay Pendleton ranked 21 and San Onofre 22 when compared with
other schools on military instillations across the country.
The new construction is scheduled to start in the 2016-17
school year. Students will attend school on the campuses during construction.
Mary Fay Pendleton was constructed in 1954; San Onofre
School was constructed in two phases in 1974 and 1977. Currently 940 students attend Mary Fay
Pendleton School and 820 students attend San Onofre School. Both schools serve
students in kindergarten through 8th grade.
The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District serves
students in kindergarten through 8th grade at nine school sites,
including two schools located aboard the U.S. Marine Corps Base at Camp
Pendleton. The District is committed to excellence in teaching and learning.