The first phase of the Long Beach Unified School District's latest facilities master plan (FMP) update launched in July, kicking off a months-long process that will map out the District's physical infrastructure needs over the long term. The update will address LBUSD's classroom and building needs while considering educational programming, enrollment projections and school locations.
Adopted in 2008, the existing FMP lays out a multiyear roadmap for creating 21st century learning environments districtwide. The plan supports LBUSD's student learning goals and guides long-term capital improvement projects. Several significant projects outlined in the original plan have been completed to date, including ground-up construction of three schools, wireless data capabilities at every campus, and heating and cooling system upgrades, among other improvements. Updates to the plan are completed approximately every five years.
The update underway called for a school-by-school assessment of current building conditions, which the District's Facilities staff completed this summer in collaboration with architectural firm CannonDesign. Input from LBUSD's executive leadership team will inform the next phase of the update, as will feedback from an advisory committee comprised of students, parents, teachers and community members.
Community forums will begin this winter.
"The plan we're developing will provide lasting improvements to the District and will serve countless generations of students. We're excited to hear from community members as they lend their voice to this process," said David Miranda, LBUSD's executive director of facilities development and planning.
An FMP update completed in 2016 prioritized next generation learning environments, renovation or replacement of aging facilities, and school safety.
The District's updated FMP will build on previous plan iterations and include a sustainability plan aimed at reducing the District's greenhouse gas emissions. It will also guide the rollout of new, flexible furniture — in every K-12 classroom — that seamlessly reconfigures to accommodate traditional classroom lectures, collaborative projects and independent learning.
Updates to the facilities master plan will be complete by summer 2022.