Other major projects completed were gymnasium renovations at Bancroft and Hoover middle schools as well as accessibility upgrades at Willard Elementary School, Washington Middle School and Wilson Classical High School. Also completed were the following:
Coming in the first quarter of this year are upgrades to the Wilson auditorium and demolition of the old Hill Middle School gymnasium, which will be replaced with a physical education facility for the new Sato Academy of Math and Science, a small high school.
All high schools this year will receive new security systems, and 82 schools will see technology upgrades for a modern audio visual integration system that provides the latest in classroom teaching tools.
In the last several years, dozens of other construction and renovation projects have been made possible through Measure K’s $1.2 billion bond fund, but there is much more work to be done.
The Long Beach Unified School District's most recent facility needs assessment confirms that many campuses — some of which are 60 to 70 years old — still need basic repairs to ensure student health and safety and to meet technology demands to prepare graduates for 21st Century careers.
The total bill to address all facilities needs districtwide is hundreds of millions of dollars beyond what Measure K has made available.
“For example, classrooms without air conditioning have resulted in a challenging learning environment and eroded classroom time, as schools have had to send students home on very hot days," said Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser.
Because of their age, one-third of schools in the district were not built to accommodate air conditioning and many others have air conditioning systems that are at or near their end of life.
“Student health and safety is our top priority,” Steinhauser said. “We also need to improve indoor and outdoor facilities that will allow for expansion of after-school programs. By keeping students in safe, supervised activities, with mentorship opportunities and counseling, we can keep them off the streets and away from drugs and gangs.”
The facilities assessment also identified basic needs such as renovating classrooms to meet current earthquake safety and handicap accessibility standards, repair of deteriorating restrooms, and upgrades of electrical systems, fire alarms and sprinklers.
School district leaders plan to re-engage the community in March regarding ways to improve the learning environment for each student at every school.
For more information, visit the Measure K website.