Renovations Completed at 31 Schools; Health and Safety Repairs Needed at Many Campuses
Campuswide renovations wrapped up at four Long Beach Unified School District schools this summer, bringing the number of campuses benefiting from Measure E upgrades to 31, or more than one-third of all LBUSD schools.
Wilson High School, Hughes Middle School, Robinson K-8 and Twain Elementary School’s upgrades include new, high-efficiency air conditioning systems, technology and accessibility updates, ceiling and roofing repairs, and infrastructure updates, among other improvements. Similar upgrades are in progress at Avalon K-12 School, Bancroft Middle School and Holmes Elementary School.
The final beam for Jordan High School’s new state-of-the-art classroom building — the last of six such facilities constructed at Jordan in the last five years — was hoisted in place in August, marking a key milestone in the school’s multiyear makeover. Renovations to Jordan’s science building will begin late fall, and upcoming upgrades to the school’s athletics facilities will complete J-Town’s transformation.
Despite recent and past modernization projects, many District schools were built more than 60 years ago and need important health and safety repairs, upgrades that facilitate 21st century learning, and renovations that prepare students to succeed in college and careers.
LBUSD’s 2022 Facility Master Plan, which reflects school improvements from previous bond measures, identified $3.8 billion in funds needed to upgrade District campuses. Measure Q, the District’s proposed bond measure, would provide $1.7 billion for building improvements.
“With Measure Q, we’ll tackle our most pressing health and safety repairs and bring new, innovative learning spaces to many of our campuses,” said David Miranda, LBUSD’s Executive Director of Facilities Development and Planning.
Measure Q requires approval by at least 55% of voters who cast ballots by Nov. 8.