Mountain View Family Center Ribbon-Cutting

Mountain View Family Center Ribbon-Cutting

     The ceremonial ribbon-cutting for Mountain View School District’s Mountain View Family Center located at 2740 Mt. View Road in El Monte brings to fruition a six-year vision to provide the MVSD community with a central place to go for educational, recreational, and fun activities, as well as resources and services.

        Thanks to the dedication and leadership of MVSD’s Board of Education, and the passage of the Measure SS school bond in 2016, the District acquired the facility and began reconstruction to create the state of the art Mountain View Family Center which includes an indoor gym with basketball courts, meeting rooms, a serving kitchen and more.  Through a partnership with Amigos de los Rios and a grant secured by the South Coast Conservatory, the Family Center also has a walking trail for visitors to enjoy and will have resourceful, drought resistant landscaping and a soccer field in the future.

       According to MVSD Superintendent, Lillian Maldonado French, the vision for providing the MVSD community with a Family Center began six years ago when parents and families shared that they would like a safe place to go where they can enjoy activities together such as movies, classes, resources, services, recreation and family time.

      “Wanting to provide our families and community with a facility fulfilling their desires, our Board of Education and Administration began the work to bring that vision to life,” said Maldonado French.  “We are extremely proud to open our Family Center which now houses our Family Engagement Department, and begin hosting parent, family and community meetings and activities.”

     Members of the El Monte City Council, South El Monte City Council, Board Members from neighboring school districts, members of the Chamber of Commerce, El Monte Police Department personnel, community members, staff and parents joined in the celebration and were very impressed with the facility and look forward to all it will provide for the community.  

      “The facility has undergone quite a transformation,” said Victoria Martinez-Muela, El Monte City Council Member.  “The property had a history and reputation and it is like a caterpillar went into a cocoon and now it’s the most beautiful butterfly.  Thank you to the Mountain View School District Board of Education and staff for providing such a wonderful place for our community, and congratulations on the tremendous legacy you have created.”

       The ceremony included the presentation of certificates of commendation from Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Senator Susan Rubio and the City of El Monte.  

       Leading the charge for the project was Darin DeKnikker, MVSD’s Assistant Superintendent of Business Services and he commended the facilities team who worked extremely hard on the project including MSP Architects, Romero Consulting, United Construction, and MVSD’s Maintenance Department.

       “We are grateful to the facilities team for their many hours of dedication on this project.  Additionally, we are extremely excited for the many opportunities this facility will bring to kids and families, and the memories that will be created here.”

        According to Maldonado French, the lease structure for the facility allows many opportunities for service grants as well as state park grants.

       “We are continuing to pursue partnerships with outside agencies to support the lease - all with the focus being to enhance the many exceptional programs already in place in our District, and provide a hub for the community for healthy resources, activities, educational support and family time.”

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