SAN BERNARDINO >> Four months after a teacher’s estranged husband shot her, two students and himself at San Bernardino’s North Park Elementary School, the campus has been redesigned to ease bad memories.
When the school year begins Monday, staff and students will be returning to what’s essentially a brand-new school.
“We needed something that was going to make us say, ‘This is a new start!’ ” said North Park Principal Yadira Downing.
Over the summer, North Park has been refreshed and remodelled.
“Basically, everything you see has been repainted, redone, torn out or replaced,” said Greg Malachowski, a contractor with San Bernardino-based Caston Inc., whose crew has been hard at work since June 5.
“Typically, a project like this would be anywhere from a three-to-four month project, probably twice as long, based on the scope involved. We’ve been working six days a week, sometimes 10 hours a day,” Malachowski said. “Pretty much every contractor here on site sacrificed part of their schedule and their time to be here.”
The North Park remodeling project was personal for him and the other contractors.
“I went here. My wife went here,” Malachowski said. “My brother and sister went here. This is part of my childhood. For me, it’s like fixing up my childhood home after somebody came in and damaged it.”
On April 10, Riverside resident Cedric Anderson, 53, entered the special education classroom of his estranged wife, Karen Smith, and opened fire, killing her and 8-year-old student Jonathan Martinez,…
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