By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) will speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Joshua Tree Elementary School on Monday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. The new school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013 and will serve approximately 300 students. The previous Joshua Tree Elementary School, which is located about a mile south of the new campus, was built on an earthquake fault, necessitating the construction of a new building. The new school is located at 4950 Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. Cook stated, “The new school will be a huge benefit to the Morongo Basin and Joshua Tree. I’m glad I could help secure funding because children deserve a safe place to learn. I’m excited for the opening, and I hope the community can join us for this event.” Longtime Morongo Unified School District Board Member Donna Muñoz said, “The community is very excited for the opening of the new Joshua Tree Elementary School. The old school had a lot of problems. Without the support of Paul Cook, we would have had a much longer road ahead of us before this would have been complete.”
While in the California State Assembly, Cook was instrumental in securing $4.5 million from the California State Allocation Board for the construction of new classrooms. A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.