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 Fallbrook District Gets Grant to Expand Schools on Camp Pendleton

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 sports fields.

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 daily."

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 Onofre school.

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.