Building on Success LBUSD campus improvements

Air Conditioning Phase-In Project Begins This Summer

The Long Beach Unified School District will begin installing temporary, portable classrooms at six host schools starting this summer, creating interim space for students and staff who will leave their campuses during major renovations including new air conditioning and heating systems. While many schools will remain operational during renovation, others will need to relocate some or all of their students.

"By repeatedly using portable classrooms at the six host schools, we can reduce the cost of interim housing as we temporarily move students from construction sites to nearby campuses" said Alan Reising, executive director of Facilities Planning and Development. "Our top priorities are to avoid disruption to learning and to make the most efficient use of interim housing."

The school district has developed a three-year plan to implement the first phase of renovations. Facilities staff shared the plan at a recent public meeting after local voters last November approved $1.5 billion in Measure E bond funds to be used for school renovations and repairs.

As each campus is outfitted with new heating and air conditioning systems, other infrastructure issues will be addressed, including utility, accessibility and fire alarm upgrades, intercom, clocks, speakers, overhead projectors, ceiling repairs and new interior lighting. At some schools, the exterior will be painted, among other repairs.

New portables will be installed beginning this summer at Kettering, McKinley, Monroe, Riley, Rogers and Webster schools.

By early 2018, third, fourth and fifth graders from Garfield will move into portables at Webster.

Meanwhile, all students from Jefferson will move to Butler (previously vacant), while eighth graders from Rogers will move to the new Browning High School.

Beginning in summer of 2018, the schedule calls for new air conditioning and heating installations at Cleveland, Garfield, Jefferson, Kettering, Lindsey, Lakewood, McKinley, Riley, Rogers and Stephens schools.

In summer of 2019, work will begin at Barton, Bixby, Burcham, Longfellow, Lowell, MacArthur, Mann, Stanford, Washington, Webster, Muir and Wilson schools.

In fall 2019, some Lowell classrooms will be housed at Rogers, and some Webster students would move into portables on their campus as the permanent buildings are outfitted with new air conditioning and heating systems.

In fall 2020, sixth, seventh and eighth grade Muir K-8 School students will be temporarily moved to Stephens, and third, fourth and fifth graders will go to Webster.

Also on the drawing board are all-weather fields and synthetic track installations at Cabrillo, Polytechnic and Wilson high schools, beginning this summer. A new three-story classroom building will be added to Millikan starting 2018.