Dignitaries help mark auspicious day

Dignitaries help mark auspicious dayHouse Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, State Sen. Jean Fuller and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)?Robert Woods were on hand last Friday to celebrate the grand opening of Burroughs High School and Murray Middle School.

Over the last decade, thousands of collaborators have spent countless man hours procuring tens of millions of dollars in grants and other funds to rebuild the new Murray campus and modernize Burroughs — representing an investment of nearly $90 million.

“While there were certainly many challenges to overcome, and there were times when some of those challenges seemed insurmountable, we persevered and through ingenuity and creativity were able to complete this project,”?said BHS Principal Bryan Auld. “And the children in our community will benefit from our efforts for decades to come.”

Murray Principal Kirsti Smith noted that the school managed to earn distinction despite its age. “Even though we loved our school and it fit us like a well-worn glove, we are so grateful to have new electrical, pristine sewer pipes, modern technology and efficient HVAC,” she said. “Thank you for your part in the development and creation of our valley’s new middle school.”

Other guests at the ceremony included Jody Rummer, the previous superintendent of Sierra Sands Unified School?District who oversaw the first few years of project development. Military leaders, elected officials and other members of the community also attended the celebration, which included a flyover from Naval Air Weapons Station Squadron VX-9.

Pictured: Above, visiting dignitaries, local officials and Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors cut the ceremonial ribbon in the newly renovated BHS?library. — Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2018-03-09