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Franklin Elementary Topping-Out

NEWS RELEASE: Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet Students Join San Diego Unified Leaders in Signing, Hoisting of Final Steel Beam for New Classroom Building
Posted on 11/29/2022
Final Steel Beam for Franklin Elementary's New Classroom Facility


News Release

Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet Students Join San Diego Unified Leaders in Signing, Hoisting of Final Steel Beam for New Classroom Building

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022

SAN DIEGO - The hard hats were on and markers were out at Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet School today, as the campus modernization reached a major milestone.

Franklin Elementary students joined incoming San Diego Unified School District Board of Education Trustee Shana Hazan, alumni, and staff in signing the final steel beam for the future two-story classroom facility. The group celebrated as construction crews hoisted the beam into place.

“As an incoming board trustee and a parent of two students at Franklin Elementary, I couldn’t be more excited to watch as the beam was hoisted into place on a project long awaited by this community,” Hazan said. “What a great way to kick off my time as a board trustee for San Diego Unified.”

“It’s monumental,” said Franklin Elementary Principal Melissa Roy-Wood. “Our fourth-and fifth-grade students will be promoted to middle school by the time construction ends, so this was a great way for them to leave their legacy.”

When complete, the new classroom facility will include collaborative workspaces, a staff lounge, and a student food services kitchen. The kitchen is part of an expanded student dining area that will be complete with a shade canopy.


Outdoor improvements include renovated kindergarten and upper-grade playgrounds with shaded play structures, a learning garden with a shade canopy, and a bioretention basin with landscaping.

Campuswide safety will be improved with a monitored single point of entry, modern public address/intercom system, security cameras, intrusion and fire alarm systems, and secure perimeter fencing.

“Our priority at San Diego Unified is to provide students with safe and innovative campuses that not only inspire them to succeed, but help cultivate a sense of belonging,” Superintendent Dr. Lamont Jackson said. “We are thrilled to give the Franklin community a glimpse of what’s to come – a beautiful, state-of-the-art classroom facility where all students can thrive.”

Construction is anticipated to complete in late 2024.

Funding is made available through Propositions S & Z, and Measure YY, local school bond measures approved by San Diego voters to improve San Diego Unified schools. Read more about the project at http://fpcprojects.sandi.net.

A Leader in Me school, Franklin Elementary offers courses in STEAM, arts, and music enrichment, while also offering extended day programs, such as the YMCA Character Builders, and SAY San Diego’s PrimeTime.

As a future “Garden-to-Cafe” school, students will be able to plant and harvest a variety of vegetables and serve them at their school site. Read more about Franklin on its website: http://franklin.sandiegounified.org/.


Drone video of the current construction, a project fact sheet, a 3D flythrough video and historical photos can be found here.

Jamie Ries, Information Services Specialist, San Diego Unified, 619-855-9283, [email protected].