November 14, 2002, Santa Clarita, CA - Newhall School District hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the start of construction on Dr. J. Michael McGrath Elementary School. The event took place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 14 at the site of the future elementary school, located off San Fernando Road on Dockweiler and Valle del Oro.

Superintendent Dr. Marc Winger watches as student Melissa Kodama sings "God Bless America"
The District honored Dr. J. Michael McGrath, former Newhall Superintendent, for his many years of dedicated service, by naming the Newhall area school after him. The new school will help ease overcrowding in the District.

"This project is one of two new school construction projects that will allow the District to return to a single track calendar," says Superintendent Dr. Marc Winger.

The 53,000 square foot school will overlook the valley, and serve students on the east side of the Newhall School District. Funded by Measure K dollars and state matching funds from recently proposed Prop 47, the site will include 32,660 square feet of classroom space consisting of 27 classrooms. All classrooms will be equipped with the technology to support Internet access, a TV cabinet, sink and drinking fountain.

The school will have a 1,925 square foot library, 1,030 square foot music room, 9,008 square foot multi-purpose room with a kitchen and 8,500 square feet of administration and staff support areas. Outdoors, there will be hard court and field areas.

Dr. J. Michael McGrath is slated to be a K-6 campus. The school will accommodate up to 750 students, and is scheduled to open for the 2003/2004 school year.

From left to right: Don Hughes, Assist. Superintendent of Business, Newhall School District, Duane Kronnick, Bernards Bros. Construction Management, Scott Gaudineer, AIA, Flewelling & Moody Architects, John Castagna, School Board President, Dr. Marc Winger, Superintendent, Newhall School District, Suzan Soloman, School Board Member, Dr. Michael McGrath (and his three grandchildren), Former Superintendent, Newhall School District, Sue Neigberger, School Board Member, Ron Winkler, School Board Member, Steve Tannehill, School Board Member