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Fall 2011
Long Beach Unified School District

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Roosevelt's Hope Carridine Personifies School's Close Ties

Portables Removed
From 14 Campuses



The Long Beach Unified School
District has some of the largest
high schools in the state?

Measure K school bonds,
approved by more than
71 percent of local voters,
can only be used for school construction and modernization?

The first school to be built with
Measure K funds, Jessie Elwin Nelson Middle School in
Signal Hill, is scheduled to
be completed within the
next few months?

Board of Education
Felton Williams, President
David Barton, Vice President
John McGinnis, Member
Jon Meyer, Member
Mary Stanton, Member

Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendent of Schools

Measure K is a ballot initiative, approved by 71 percent of voters in November 2008, which makes available
$1.2 billion from property taxes to build, renovate and improve schools in the Long Beach Unified School District. The funds come from issuance of a series of bonds to occur four to six times in about ten years.

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Welcome to the first LBUSD Measure K newsletter! We hope you find it interesting and informative. Please forward to anyone you think would be interested in signing up to receive Measure K updates automatically via email.
Construction Begins on First Small High School
Construction has started on the first small high school in the Long Beach Unified School District to be funded by Measure K school bonds. District officials and community leaders recently gathered to break ground at the site of the future Ernest S. McBride, Sr. High School, located at the site of the former DeMille Middle School. Read more...

Who was Ernest McBride, Sr.?

A Long Beach civil rights activist and community leader, Ernest S. McBride, Sr. was born on Nov. 20, 1909, one of seven children of a Mississippi Delta farmer. At age 8, the family moved to Arkansas, where the children attended segregated schools. It was at the all-black Scipio A. Jones High School in Little Read more...

Ernest McBride, Sr.

Middle School Nears Completion

The first school to be built with Measure K funds is scheduled to be completed in the next few months. Jessie Elwin Nelson Middle School in Signal Hill is now more than 80 percent complete, and on schedule to receive finishing touches by January 2012. The school will open next September.

School officials and members of the Measure K Citizens' Oversight Committee recently toured the site.

The project, several years in the planning, involved first demolishing buildings formerly occupied by GTE and then building the new school on the 10-acre site. Read more...

Who was Jessie Elwin Nelson?

Jessie Elwin Nelson, co-founder of the City of Signal Hill, was its first mayor and one of the first women mayors in Southern California. Born Jessie Le Master in 1903 in Clarksville, Tennessee, she came to Long Beach with her husband, Z.T. Nelson. Read more...

Jessie Nelson

Roosevelt’s Hope Carridine
Personifies School’s Close Ties
Roosevelt Elementary School will be the first school to be completely rebuilt with Measure K funds. Within the next few months, the Board of Education is expected to consider plans for interim housing of Roosevelt’s 1,100 students during the construction period. The new school is tentatively scheduled to open in January 2015.
When Hope Carradine dropped off her son and daughter for their first day of school 22 years ago, she had no idea how Roosevelt Elementary School would change her life—and the lives of her entire family.   Read more...
Portables Removed From 14 Campuses

This past summer, Measure K funds paid for the demolition and removal of 15 outdated portable structures on 14 campuses. Read more...

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