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