Mario Ernesto Gonzalez
Dr. Leslie Young
In Memoriam 2018
During the 2017-18 fiscal year, work began on the first of six LBUSD schools to be modernized with new central air conditioning. In September 2018, the projects were completed at Kettering, Riley, Rogers, Cleveland, Stephens and Garfield schools.
In the next several years, 45 more campuses will be modernized with air conditioning, and other upgrades.
This is the tenth annual report to the community by the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee. Over the last decade, the Long Beach Unified School District has made tremendous strides in building and modernizing its campuses - all with the goal of creating the best possible learning environment for the 21st Century.
During the past fiscal year 2017-18, work has shot into high gear at the first 18 schools to be modernized to accommodate updated heating/air conditioning systems. Over the next several years, a total of 51 schools will see these updates, which are a direct response to the mandate of voters who approved the $1.5 billion Measure E bond initiative in November 2016. Another voter mandate — keeping young people off the streets — is also being addressed, with upgrades to auditoriums and athletic facilities for after-school programs.
Bond funds from both Measure K and Measure E are also being used to re-build and create new classroom buildings on several high school campuses, including Jordan, Renaissance, Sato, Lakewood, and Millikan.
The committee takes an active role in visiting construction sites, monitoring expenditures and ensuring that bond funds are used as intended by voters. We are proud to affirm the independent financial auditor's conclusion that LBUSD deserves the highest possible rating for fiscal responsibility for the sixth year in a row.
Walter Larkins, Chairperson
The oldest high school in Los Angeles County (outside the City of Los Angeles) has been renovated now for he fourth time. The latest iteration of the compact downtown Long Beach campus is a $40 million makeover for Renaissance High School for the Arts, which has occupied the site since 2004.
The last year has seen major progress on the Jordan High campus, with new construction of Buildings 1400 and 1500, the band building and the auditorium all underway and scheduled for completion in 2019.
Located at Barton Elementary School, the new Educare preschool has opened to 159 children, from infants to five-year-olds.
The independent auditing firm of CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP completed a performance and financial audit covering Measures K and E activities from July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018. In December 2018, the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee reviewed and discussed the reports with the audit team.
There were no findings related to performance and financial audits, signifying that the school district was in compliance with all laws and regulations pertaining to Measures K and E.
This was the sixth consecutive year in which independent auditors reported no findings in their annual audit of the LBUSD school bond program.
In addition, installation of all-weather tracks and fields is being completed at all comprehensive high schools and middle schools in the district. Some K-8 schools will also have their athletic facilities upgraded.
Pursuant to the requirements of Proposition 39 and related state legislation, the Board of Education of the Long Beach Unified School District established a Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee and appointed its members following the approval of Measure K in November 2008.
In December 2016, the Board of Education expanded the scope of the committee and designated it to also oversee Measure E.
The principal purpose of the committee, as set out in state law, is to inform the public as to the expenditures of the proceeds of the bonds issued pursuant to the applicable bond measure.
The committee is required to issue at least one report annually regarding its activities and findings. Each member is appointed either at large or to represent a particular community segment, such as senior citizens, parents or taxpayer groups. The term is two years with a maximum of three consecutive terms if reappointed. Visit the Citizens’ Oversight Committee page for more information.
Present Annual Report
Yearly Activity Report
1st Quarter Review
Audit Report & Draft Annual Report
Final Annual Report & 2nd Quarter Review
Board of Education Meeting
3rd Quarter Review
*Regular meetings are typically at 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month.
Meeting agendas and minutes are posted online, and all regular meetings are open to the public.
Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendent of Schools