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Work on Santa Maria's newest elementary school nearing completion

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 22:23:04-04

The sign on Santa Maria's newest elementary school is going up.

Crews began installing the sign on Bill Libbon Elementary Monday as work at the school located on College Drive near Meehan Street nears completion.

District officials say teacher work rooms and offices should be ready by the first day of the school on Aug. 13.

Since students are learning from home this fall, the library, cafeteria and student desks will be some of the last things to be finished.

Final touches include windows, bathroom fixtures, landscaping and furniture assembly.

The two-story, energy-efficient K-6th William "Bill" Libbon Elementary has 26 classrooms and is the 17th elementary school in Santa Maria.

It’s named after the longtime director of the Santa Maria Boys & Girls Club, who the district says spent his entire career helping children and their families in Santa Maria and the surrounding area.

Construction costs were estimated to be more than $40 million.