Monday, October 26, 2015

: MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Unified Dedicates New Jonas Salk Elementary School and Marks Namesake's 100th Birthday

CORRECTION: The City of San Diego is proclaiming Oct. 28 as Jonas Salk Elementary School Day. The proclamation will be presented at tomorrow's dedication ceremony.

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Subject: MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Unified Dedicates New Jonas Salk Elementary School and Marks Namesake's 100th Birthday

Media advisory from San Diego Unified School District - Oct. 26, 2015
Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter, 619-546-3378

San Diego Unified Dedicates New Jonas Salk Elementary School and Marks Namesake's 100th Birthday

WHAT: Dr. Peter Salk, son of Dr. Jonas Salk, Cindy Marten, superintendent of San Diego Unified School District, and Deidre Hardson, principal of Jonas Salk Elementary School, will join students, parents and community members as they celebrate the opening of the new Jonas Salk Elementary School. The official dedication ceremony and open house for the new school in Mira Mesa will be held tomorrow morning. The event also culminates year-long celebrations marking the 100th birthday of the school's namesake, Jonas Salk.

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 9-10 a.m.

WHERE: Salk Elementary School, 7825 Flanders Dr., San Diego 92126 -- Media parking will be available on site. (An aerial photo with directions is available upon request.)

VISUALS: Presentation of colors by the Mira Mesa High School's Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, "America the Beautiful" performed by Jonas Salk ES student chorus, chrome groundbreaking shovel presentation, city proclamation--Oct. 28, Jonas Salk Day; ceremonial ribbon cutting and open house (classrooms will be open to the media). There will be tributes and displays to Jonas Salk.

SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS: Deidre Hardson, principal of Jonas Salk Elementary School; Cindy Marten, superintendent of San Diego Unified School District; and Peter Salk, son of Jonas Salk. Others available for interviews: Lee Dulgeroff, chief facilities planning & construction officer; and Larry Sillman, Sillman Wright Architects. (Interviews available in Spanish.)

PROJECT INFO: Jonas Salk Elementary School is a new school constructed at the intersection of Flanders Drive and Parkdale Avenue in the western portion of Mira Mesa. The school is designed to serve approximately 700 K-6 students. The facilities include three, two-story classroom buildings; a multi-purpose building, a special education building, a reading specialist/learning center, an administration building, a lunch court shelter, a joint-use hard-court area with a joint-use grass playfield (to be constructed and maintained by the City of San Diego). There is also on-site drop-off/pick-up areas with on-site parking, plus photovoltaic (solar) carport covers that will contribute up to 35 percent of the site's power.

Construction on the school began August 2013. The photovoltaic (solar) installation was completed in February 2015, with the entire site construction generally completed January 2015. The project represents an investment of nearly $25 million into the Jonas Salk Elementary School community and the Mira Mesa Community. The project was funded by the school district's capital improvement bond program.

DR. JONAS SALK: Salk is known best as the developer of the first successful vaccine against poliomyelitis (polio), but he also made many other contributions in the fields of medicine and biology, philosophy, architecture and the history of medicine.

-- He established that noninfectious vaccines could protect against viral diseases, contrary to Pasteurian dogma that infection with "a living principle" is required.

-- He proposed a novel "therapeutic vaccine" approach to control AIDS.

-- He established the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, one of the preeminent biomedical research centers in the world today.

-- He set the stage for the development of psychoneuroimmunology.

-- He published books and essays about human life and the nature of evolution.

-- His collaboration with the architect Louis Kahn established a new direction in American architecture.

-- His archived papers are one of the largest collections of a contemporary scientist. They contain scientific and philosophical writings, correspondence, historical and administrative documents, photographs, books, magazine and newspaper articles.

His legacy is integrated into the facility as well as the curriculum.

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Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor l Communications Office l San Diego Unified School District Mobile phone: 619-546-3378 l E-mail:

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