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Delhi school gets new multipurpose building

El Capitan School’s newest building, an 8,893-square-foot multipurpose complex, stands finished at the Delhi campus this month. The roughly $3.2 million structure was made possible by an $8 million bond, Measure E, which was passed in 2012 with 73 percent voter approval.
El Capitan School’s newest building, an 8,893-square-foot multipurpose complex, stands finished at the Delhi campus this month. The roughly $3.2 million structure was made possible by an $8 million bond, Measure E, which was passed in 2012 with 73 percent voter approval. Merced County Office of Education

Students, faculty and Delhi residents turned out for a dedication ceremony this month for a new $3.2 million building at El Capitan School, which serves kindergarteners through eighth-graders.

The multipurpose building is expected to be a benefit to the 435 students at the 10115 Fifth St. school in Delhi. Construction began in September on the project made possible by an $8 million bond, Measure E, which was passed in 2012 with 73 percent voter approval.

Principal Gena Buchanan said the building represents the community’s patience and hard work. El Capitan students ate their first lunch in the “state-of-the-art” food service facility in early April, according to a news release.

“We are beyond excited,” Buchanan said in a press release. “We look forward to years of memories to be made in this building. We outgrew the old one long ago.”

Delhi Unified School District Superintendent Adolfo Melara said not all of the project’s costs have been tallied. He said he hopes to see a savings on the maximum budget set aside for the multipurpose room.

“This is just a great moment in history,” Melara said in a press release. “Dreams for this building began in someone’s heart with the thought, ‘Children in Delhi deserve better.’”

Officials have said the 8,893-square-foot building, which was built by Zumwalt Construction of Fresno, will be available for public use.

The building has basketball courts and space for volleyball, along with a large stage. The complex will allow student performances, athletic events and parent meetings.

The former multipurpose room and cafeteria, built in 1953, was old and small. Officials have not decided the fate of the old building, but it could be converted to a library and computer lab.

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