In early 2018, six LBUSD schools will become the first of 51 older campuses to see renovations to provide new air conditioning and heating systems. These campuses currently have no air conditioning, or they have systems that are outdated or nearing the end of their serviceable life.
In November 2016, voters approved Measure E, a $1.5 billion school bond initiative that is now being used to fund air conditioning and new buildings on selected campuses, along with all-weather tracks and fields at middle and high schools.
Major renovations have recently been completed at two high school auditoriums: Polytechnic and Wilson. Both buildings retain their original historical character, with refurbished designs in seating, facades and windows.
David Cramp says he loves to solve problems. That’s why he studied mechanical engineering at UC Santa Barbara. That’s also why he enjoys his job as director of project support services at Swinerton Builders, a California-based contractor for LBUSD school bond projects.
The Board of Education and other dignitaries joined students and staff to inaugurate the new Richard D. Browning High School recently during ceremonies on the $71 million Long Beach campus. Among those who joined the festivities were Kent Browning and his sister, Karen, the two younger children of the late Richard D. Browning, who was a local businessman, civic leader and strong supporter of LBUSD schools.
When Dan Minkoff purchased his family home near El Dorado Park 17 years ago, he chose Long Beach largely because of its excellent public education. Now he is joining the LBUSD school bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee to help make local schools even better.
Growing up in West Long Beach, Mario Ernesto Gonzalez always knew he wanted to give back. Today he does just that in his capacity as manager of Community Relations for the Port of Long Beach.
About this Newsletter: Building on Success provides updates on campus improvements and construction in the Long Beach Unified School District. These school facility projects are funded by Measure E and Measure K. Local voters approved both measures.