SANTA BARBARA – A total of 7 million dollars in funding was awarded to Adams Elementary School in Santa Barbara, thanks to voter approved Measure R from 2010. Students are just now able to enjoy the improvements.For decades the slope off the parking lot created a flow of water during the rainy season that funneled down into the kindergarten classrooms. Sandbags and giants puddles became a seasonal obstacle.Now, smooth concrete covers what was once a mish mash of cracked asphalt and dirt in the kindergarten courtyards. A new foundation and wooden fencing were also put in over the summer, and the aging, outdoor sink areas were replaced.”I love it!” said kindergarten teacher Sela Viscarra. “I’ve been waiting to see it for many, many, many years. The school opened in 1954. It needed a lot of tender loving care.”The next phase of improvements is slated for the summer of 2013 and will target the school’s library and the 1st through 3rd grade courtyards, which have become eyesores on the 50’s-era campus.
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