A Closer Look at 2013 in Manhattan Beach

Posted by on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 10:00am.

Manhattan Beach certainly saw some very bizarre events throughout 2013. Some of these events made national news, but that's not what really matters in this area. Some of the most important things that happened in Manhattan Beach this year didn't gain the spotlight.

A Big Year for Schools

Schools in the Manhattan Beach area had a bit year with a Blue Ribbon Award, State Teachers of the Year and more. Robinson Elementary was given the Blue Ribbon Award and five different teachers received California Teachers of the Year awards including Michael Hayden, the choir director at Mira Costa.

Not only were awards given out and received, but also a revitalization project at Mira Costa made it through the first phase with the completion of the math/science building in the fall. This building features solar power and provides 68,000 square feet covering three stories. The building includes nine science classrooms, four laboratories, five "superlabs" and 16 math classrooms. Phase two and three will be completed by the end of 2014

Grand View Elementary was toured by the U.S. Department of Education as a part of the Best Practices Tour. It won the Green Ribbon Award, as well. This award was given to the school due to the grounds design, operations, construction and the environment created by the school.

A new library is slated to open in 2015 started construction in September, as well. This library will be found on Highland Avenue. It will feature 21,500 square feet, two stories and will be a glass facility. It will be about twice the size of the old library a will use about half the energy as the old one.

This library will feature adult reading areas, a children section and a 100-seat community meeting room. Visitors will be able to see the ocean from the second floor, as well.

These are just a few of the things that happened in 2013 throughout the Manhattan Beach area.

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