The new David L. Long Regional Learning Center in Murrieta was dedicated Wednesday by the Riverside County Board of Education.
Named in honor of Long, a former Riverside County Superintendent of Schools and California Secretary of Education, the center is located at 41350 Guava St.
Long, who was present for Wednesday's ceremony, served in public education more than 40 years. He spent 21 years as a classroom teacher, superintendent for both the Banning and Lake Elsinore unified school districts, and was elected as Riverside County Superintendent of Schools three times.
He served as Secretary of Education under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007.
The 30,000-square-foot regional learning center is the sixth of its kind built by the RCOE to provide services to local communities around throughout the county.
The $13.50-million Murrieta project was paid for entirely by state funding, stated RCOE Spokesman Rick Peoples, in a news release.
"RCOE began work on the new center last March, with planning and land acquisition starting 10 years ago," Peoples stated.
More than 175 students will be served at the David L. Long Regional Learning Center.
A variety of programs, including Community School, Independent Study and the Come Back Kids dropout recovery programs, are scheduled to begin in June, according to Peoples.
It will also be a site for new Health, Audiology and Medical Therapy training courses offered through Regional Occupational and Career Technical Education programs, he stated.