By Richard Irwin, Staff Writer
Maple Hill Elementary students found a new school when they arrived Monday morning for the first day of the new year.
Diamond Bar families have waited patiently the past year while workers renovated the Diamond Bar campus.
“The district spent $5.6 million to remodel this school,” said Walnut Valley school board president Cindy Ruiz. “I wish my children went here, it’s great environment for kids.”
Lush landscaping greets parents as they drive up to drop off their children. The vibrant shrubs and trees set the tone for the striking campus.
Inside, architects have balanced energy efficiency with high technology to produce a state-of-the-art school.
“We can have rainbows all day long,” said kindergarten teacher Lisa Esse.
Esse explained how light tubes channel sunlight into each classroom. Teachers can control shutters to allow just the right amount of light into their room.
“If you tweak the control just right, the prisms will form a faint rainbow,” Esse laughed. “The kids will love it.”
Ruiz turned off the lights to show how much natural light pours into the classrooms. It was still be easy to read a textbook.
“We have also installed new LED lighting throughout the school,” said Jeff Roule, construction manager for Walnut Valley Unified. He estimates the new lighting systems will save the school 20 percent on its electric bill.
Read more in Rich Irwin’s story RENOVATION.