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Measure E and Measure K UPDATES: Index to Archived Articles

SUMMER 2022 Newsletter: [web page] [pdf]

LBUSD Facilities Master Plan forum

Community Meetings, Survey Inform Facilities Master Plan Update

The Long Beach Unified School District welcomed community members to an open forum Monday, May 23, to discuss the future of LBUSD facilities.

New Furniture for LBUSD Classrooms

New Furniture Headed to LBUSD Classrooms

This summer, nearly 17,000 new desks, chairs, bookshelves and other furniture will be installed in classrooms serving some of the Long Beach Unified School District's youngest learners.

LBUSD classrooms and administration offices to receive new phones

Upgraded Phones to Enhance Safety and Connectivity, Reduce Costs

The Long Beach Unified School District will deploy a new phone system across all schools and administrative offices, with full installation expected in 2024.

LBUSD school campus

Careful Management Lifts Bond Ratings

The Long Beach Unified School District's credit rating was upgraded due to its improved budget flexibility, build-up of reserves, and lower revenue volatility, according to the latest bond ratings.

FALL 2021 Newsletter: [web page] [pdf]

School part of LBUSD Facilities Master Plan update

LBUSD Moves Ahead With Facilities Master Plan Update

The update will address the Long Beach Unified School District’s classroom and building needs while considering educational programming, enrollment projections and school locations.

Lakewood graduate Isiah Bradford part of construction crew at Jordan High renovation

Lakewood High Graduate Building Bright Future

Isiah Bradford is part of the team constructing Jordan High School’s new two-story classroom building, tree-lined corridor and outdoor lunch shelter. He graduated from Lakewood High School just one year ago.

Naples Academy & garden club collaboration

Collaboration, Beautification Lead to National Award

The District’s joint effort with dedicated volunteers helped bring national recognition to Naples Bayside Academy and the Naples Island Garden Club.

Groundbreaking at Jordan High School

Groundbreaking Celebrates Jordan High’s Transformation, Workforce Agreement

Jordan’s latest construction is the first of 15 projects in the District’s agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council.

SUMMER 2021 Newsletter: [web page] [pdf]

LBUSD students in Facilities Internship

Students Building Promising Futures with Facilities Internship

The district's new facilities internship program introduces students to construction and engineering careers through hands-on experience, mentorship and networking.

30% LBUSD schools powered by solar

Solar Energy to Power Nearly 30% of Schools

With no upfront capital expenditures to LBUSD, the new solar panels reduce the district's utility costs and lock in a fixed rate for future energy expenses.

LBUSD electronic locks

LBUSD Launches Electronic Locks Pilot

Electronic locks will be installed on classroom doors and entries to essential, high-use spaces at four pilot sites.

LBUSD facilities updates at outdoor sites

Federal Funding to Enhance Facilities

Upgrades include new bottle filling stations and new furniture in every classroom.

LBUSD Facilities Director receives service award

Facilities Professional Honored with Industry Award

The Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) recognized LBUSD Director of Operations Jose De La Mora with a Member Service Award.

SPRING 2021 Newsletter: [web page] [pdf]

Jordan High School launches next phase of modernization

Transformation Unfolding at Jordan High

Groundbreaking for new, 31,500-square-foot facility will launch the next phase of Jordan's multiyear modernization. Upgrades to the 27-acre campus are 65% complete.

New COC member Pamela Williams

Housing Advocate, LBUSD Parent Joins Citizens' Committee

Pamela Williams, housing commissioner for the Los Angeles County Development Authority's advisory committee, brings passion for equitable housing and learning spaces to the COC.

LBUSD teachers and students return to upgraded campuses

Teachers, Students Return to Classroom Upgrades

Fourteen Long Beach Unified School District campuses received upgrades or new construction in the last year despite the unprecedented closure of all campuses for in-person learning. Elementary schools reopened March 29; secondary schools opened this month.

Modernization project at Wilson HS

Wilson High Modernization Blends Old, New

Construction crews are modernizing Wilson's most distinctive original structure — the two-story administration and classroom building — while providing much-needed care to its historic features.

Brooke Clements

Millikan High's New Building Completed

Created with input from administrators and teachers, Millikan's new 50,000-square-foot building accommodates the specific needs of the school's learning pathways.

SUMMER 2020 Newsletter: [web page] [pdf ]

Air Conditioning Projects

Air Conditioning, Utility Infrastructure Projects Advance During Closure

Despite the closing of LBUSD classrooms during the pandemic, construction crews continue to make steady progress on campuses being upgraded with new air conditioning/heating systems.

Virtual Tours, Meetings

Virtual Tours, Meetings Orient Parents, Students

Typically staff, parents and students from schools about to undergo campus improvements would be briefed through in-person community meetings and campus tours. But these are not typical times.

Jordan High School

Bond Program Saves $100 Million for Taxpayers

By implementing aggressive cost-cutting measures and maximizing state matching grants for school bond projects, Long Unified School District has saved taxpayers an estimated $100 million in the last 10 years.

LBUSD Standard School Paint Colors

New Standard Colors Solidify Identity of Schools

Mood Blue is out, but Millikan Blue is in. Alizarin Crimson is out, but Wilson Red is in.

In the near future, you might notice that school buildings in the Long Beach Unified School District are sporting more harmonious paint colors.

Brooke Clements

Project Planner Loves Long Beach Community

Because she married a third-generation Long Beach resident, Brooke Clements says, there was never any question where she and her husband, Michael, would make their home and raise their family.

SPRING 2020 Newsletter: [web page] [pdf ]

LBUSD Workforce Agreement

Workforce Agreement Approved by LBUSD

The Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education has approved a five-year Community Workforce Development (CWD) agreement with the Los Angeles and Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council.

Community Input

Community Input Provided For Facility Master Plan

To obtain community input on future facilities priorities, the Long Beach Unified School District hosted five public meetings in February.

LBUSD Leadership Program

Leadership Program Focuses on Communication, Confidence

Erica Bonilla, a contracts analyst, wanted to increase her confidence when presenting bid specs to contractors. Meanwhile Ferdows Fazeli, a planning project manager, sought to improve her communications skills, especially in tense situations.

Inspector Vince Petruzzelli

Project Inspector Ensures Plans
are Followed to the T

Control, coordination and communication. These are the words Vince Petruzzelli uses to describe his job as a state inspector on LBUSD bond projects. In this role, he is responsible for certifying to the Division of the State Architect (DSA) that projects are completed according to approved DSA plans and specifications.

COC Annual Report

Oversight Committee Presents Annual Report

Details of the busiest construction year in Long Beach Unified School history were highlighted in the 11th annual report to the Board of Education, presented recently by the Citizens' Oversight Committee for the LBUSD school bonds program.

Melanie Nazarbekian

Melanie Nazarbekian Graduates From Leadership Academy

When Melanie Nazarbekian earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State Northridge she thought she would become a school teacher. The year was 2009 and few districts were hiring.

WINTER 2019-2020 Recap Newsletter: [web page] [pdf ]

David Miranda

David Miranda Heads School Building Program

When David Miranda was a fourth grader at Sepulveda Elementary School in Santa Ana, he said he felt a sense of joy the day he and his classmates picked up their books and pencils to move from their temporary quarters in a church to their brand new, just-completed school building next door.

Millikan High's Unique Building Nears Completion

Millikan High's Unique Building Nears Completion

A unique new building is nearing completion on the Millikan High campus and scheduled to be open by next fall. Known as the 11000 Building, the 50,000-square foot facility was designed to accommodate specific needs of the school’s academies or learning pathways.

District Updates 21st Century Learning Specs

District Updates 21st Century Learning Specs

If you think public school classrooms haven't changed much in the last 50 years, you may be surprised to learn what is in store in the next half century. Examples of innovative learning environments can already be seen in newly built schools such as McBride and Browning high schools.

Millikan High's Unique Building Nears Completion

School Bond Projects Create Thousands of Local Jobs

In the last year, the Long Beach Unified School District has increased its outreach to contractors and subcontractors, resulting in almost 2,200 individuals from the local area being hired to work on school construction and renovation projects during the quarter ending June 2019.

Sara Slater

Sara Slater Sings Praises of the "Long Beach Way"

Sara Slater was born, educated, and has raised her children in Long Beach, and does not plan on leaving. The assistant director of fiscal services for school bond programs, who has been a Long Beach Unified School District employee for 20 years, sings the praises of what she calls the "Long Beach Way".

Liseeth Ramos

Assistant Principal Reaches Out to School Community

Assistant Principal Liseeth Ramos remembers struggling in school as a kindergartner with limited English skills. "I decided then and there that when I grew up, I wanted to help students who come from immigrant communities," she said.

Jose De La Mora

Director of Operations Lives American Dream

When Jose De La Mora was a little boy in Mexico, he never dreamed he would one day be overseeing 408 employees in one of the largest school districts in California. In what can only be called an American success story, the youngest son of a taxi driver turned construction worker has risen through the ranks of Long Beach Unified, from school custodian to director of operations.

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