Measure K Projects
Shift into High Gear
Workers at Newcomb Academy start construction on another new building.
While students and most staff took a break, summer vacation was the time when major Measure K construction projects shifted into high gear.
For example, Wilson Classical High School students returned from vacation to find four buildings sporting new clay tile roofs. Several additional projects are underway, including improvements to walkways and the addition of a new stadium ticket booth, concession stand and restrooms.
At Jordan High School, 49 new portable classrooms were installed to house students while construction begins this fall on three two-story classroom buildings and a new cafeteria. Four single-story buildings and 17 portable classrooms were demolished in summer as part of the beginning of a seven-year, $140 million renovation of the entire campus.
At 10 other campuses across the district, 21 antiquated portables were demolished and removed, part of an ongoing effort to eliminate all outdated bungalows.
At the future site of Browning High School near Signal Hill, soil preparation was completed so that construction can begin later this fall on the college preparatory, thematic grade 9-12 school, one of five new small high schools to be funded by Measure K.
Meanwhile Mary Butler School, the future site of another new small high school and current temporary home of Roosevelt Elementary School, received an exterior paint job.
At the Roosevelt campus, construction of the new structures are about 50 percent complete and set to welcome students back in the fall of next year. At another rebuilt campus, Newcomb Academy, work is progressing quickly, with completion also slated for next fall.
For the balance of the year and next spring, Measure K will fund gymnasium renovations at Bancroft and Hoover middle schools, while auditoriums at Wilson and Polytechnic high schools will undergo major facelifts next calendar year.
In addition, upgrades to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards will take place at Lowell, Willard and Washington schools.
Measure K is a $1.2 billion school bond measure approved by voters in 2008, making funds available to build and renovate LBUSD schools.
For more details on Measure K improvements throughout the school district, visit www.lbschools.net and click on Measure K Construction.