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Morgan Hill, CA — During the recent “Camp Fire” which devastated the town of Paradise, CA, two elementary schools were destroyed and hundreds of students were displaced. Like the rest of the town, the Paradise School District now has next to no material resources for their student population. Meanwhile, nearby Chico and Durham School Districts, who themselves had many fire victim families and employees, are accepting enrollments for displaced families and are making the final determination where students will be housed to continue their education this school year.

In need of school furniture to help accommodate hundreds of students, the Superintendent of Durham School District, Lloyd Webb, who was a former principal at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, reached out to the Morgan Hill Unified School District. Superintendent Webb estimated that he was in need of 250 primary level seats and 200 seats and tables for grades 7-12 to house students displaced by the Paradise fire. Working through Lloyd Webb’s brother and Morgan Hill Administrator, Glen Webb, staff conferred with Executive Team in Morgan Hill Schools and quickly mobilized the facilities and maintenance staff to procure the over 500 chairs and student desks to donate in support of the students shift to Durham School District. Two other towns, Concow and Magalia also burned to the ground and the furniture will be made available to any school set up to receive displaced students.

“I express my sincerest gratitude on behalf of every student impacted by this utter devastation, for Morgan Hill Unified School District’s concern for our students’ well-being. The generosity demonstrated towards these kids is incredibly profound,” said Superintendent Webb via telephone on Tuesday.

Morgan Hill Superintendent Steve Betando complemented the crew for its quick effort while they put all other tasks aside.“It is difficult to fathom the challenges and trauma schools have in the midst of such tragedy. Our staff jumped at the chance to help any way they could.”

Almost immediately, the Morgan Hill Unified School District Facilities and Maintenance departments assessed their surplus furniture and began sorting through and loading what they could onto trucks. On Monday, November 19, MHUSD deployed a convoy of 7 trucks full of 500+ school desks and chairs to Chico, CA.

“The focus is on helping students displaced by this tragedy return to normalcy. The hard work is just beginning.” The Butte County public schools are scheduled to re-open Monday, December 3rd.


Lanae Bays, Communications Coordinator (408) 201-6024


Morgan Hill is a city of just over 37,000 residents, located at the southern end of the Santa Clara Valley, 10 miles south of San Jose and 70 miles south of San Francisco. The Morgan Hill Unified School District encompasses 296 square miles and serves the ethnically diverse population of Morgan Hill, San Martin and a small portion of south San Jose. The Morgan Hill Unified School District serves approximately 8,800 students.

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The Morgan Hill Unified School District’s central purpose is to educate students. In partnership with parents and the community, we create learning environments where all students learn and are empowered to achieve their unique potential. We model and nurture civility, respect, compassion, personal responsibility, curiosity and integrity in an environment of diversity, equity, and service.