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Newsfront - February 23, 2007

Tassajara tech center opens for excited students

10 years of fundraising pay off with state-of-the-art computer lab

by Jordan M. Doronila

Faculty members, parents and more than 720 students celebrated the grand opening of Tassajara Hills Elementary School's new computer center last week in Blackhawk.

Principal Luann Duggan cut a red, white and blue ribbon with large wooden scissors, which belonged to the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, to officially open the new computer center Wednesday morning, Feb. 14, at Tassajara Hills. The center, which is the size of a standard classroom, has 32 student computers.

It has been financed by Measure A funds and parents, said Duggan.

"It's taken a while to get it (built)," she said, noting the project took 10 years.

School staff said students had access to computers before the center was built.

"We have had ongoing technology," said Susan Engel, the school's computer technology specialist.

Measure A is a $260 million school facilities bond that authorizes the school district to renovate, upgrade and expand local schools. It also aims to provide modern classrooms and relieve overcrowding at existing schools. The measure was passed by San Ramon Valley voters in November 2002.

Parents are excited about the Tassajara Hill's new computer facility.

"After years of fundraising and planning, Tassajara Hills Elementary School has opened the doors of its beautiful new computer center," said Courtney Corda, technology committee member, in an e-mail.

Contact Jordan M. Doronila at jdoronila@DanvilleWeekly.com

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