County of Kern, Richland School District, and City of Shafter to Develop Learning Center / by David Franz

Shafter, CA (December 18, 2013) The County of Kern, Richland School District, and City of Shafter have agreed to develop a state of the art facility for education and technology in Shafter, which will be called the Shafter Learning Center. The Learning Center will share remodeled space with the Shafter Branch of the Kern County Library at the Library’s current location (236 James Street). It will feature more than 50 computers, classroom space, and connection to high speed internet via the City’s expanding fiber optic network. Educational programming will be developed with the Richland School District. The Learning Center is the latest extension of a partnership between the Richland School District and the City of Shafter that was launched in 2010. The facility is expected to begin construction in the first quarter of 2014 and to open by the summer of 2014.

 "We are excited about the development of the Learning Center as well as our partnership with the City of Shafter,” said Dr. Kenneth Bergevin, Richland School District Superintendent. “The partnership is a great example of a community taking local responsibility in providing its citizens with great opportunities and support. The Shafter City Council and the Richland Board of Trustees are to be commended for their vision and close cooperation."

“Thanks to Mayor Johnston for coming to the Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting today and representing the people of Shafter so eloquently,” said Mick Gleason, Kern County 1st District Supervisor. “He spoke of the Shafter Learning Center as a great example of competent governance and teaming between Kern County and the City of Shafter. He talked about how success can be achieved when large government entities communicate well, share a common vision, and work together for the taxpayers. I agree with him and would personally like to thank the Shafter City Council and staff for their patience and their forward looking thinking. I would also like to thank Ms Sherry Gomez, our Kern County Library Director for her outstanding work. Education is a vital concern of ours and we need to continue to find ways to improve the educational levels of our communities, and a vibrant learning center is part of that solution.”

"Educational excellence for the children of Shafter is our highest priority,” said Shafter City Manager, John Guinn. “This project is particularly important because it shows that a county, city, and school district can work together to meet the needs of residents."

Contact David Franz at the City of Shafter at 661-746-5000 or dfranz@shafter.com for more information.