Measure K UPDATES: Index to Archived Articles
|Busiest Year Yet for Measure K Bond Program
This year is expected to be the busiest yet for the Measure K Bond Program, approved in 2008 by local voters to make available $1.2 billion for school construction and renovation.
|Contractors Invited to Prequalify For Construction Jobs
Contractors in all construction trades are invited to a Measure K outreach fair on April 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McBride High School Gymnasium, 2075 E. Parkcrest St., Long Beach.
|Citizens' Oversight Committee
Maria Slaughter Champions School Facilities
Q: What motivated you to seek the Citizens’ Oversight Committee seat representing taxpayers?
A: As a homeowner and taxpayer, I was interested in learning more about how Measure K property tax dollars are being used to repair and build schools in my local area.
|Keeping It Local
Gus Galindo Returns to Design Jordan Renovations
When Gus Galindo was a student at Jordan High 30 years ago, the campus looked much like it does today. In fact, some of the buildings are 50 to 70 years old and the campus has never had a major renovation.
|Districtwide Wireless Project Under Way
Thanks to Measure K, every school in the Long Beach Unified School District will have an operational wireless technology network by the fall of 2014.
|How Wi-Fi Impacts Learning at Wilson High
At one of the first schools in the district to be equipped with a campus-wide wireless network, the learning environment is already beginning to reflect the new technology. The Wilson High campus was outfitted with wi-fi last spring as one of the four initial “proof of concept” pilot projects funded by Measure K.
| Two Small High Schools in Planning Stages
Following the successful launch this year of McBride High, the district’s first new high school in a generation, two more small high schools will be opened in the Long Beach Unified School District in the next few years.
|$40 Million Renovation Set
for Renaissance High
Renaissance High School for the Arts, a visual and performing arts magnet, will undergo a major facelift, including building renovations and removal of all portable structures.
|Oversight Committee Chair
Dede Rossi was appointed by Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser to serve on the Measure K Citizens’ Oversight Committee in September 2011.
|Keeping it Local Platt
Security: Fifty-Five Years and Counting
In the summer of 1958, a local police sergeant was asked to provide security for an Elvis Presley concert at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium. He and a few of his off-duty officer buddies earned $20 each for the night's work.
|Tova K. Corman Named New Executive Director
When Tova K. Corman was a student in LBUSD schools, it never crossed her mind that she would one day come back to help renovate them, or to build new ones. That’s exactly what she’s doing now, as the new executive director of the Facilities Development and Planning Branch.
|McBride High a Model 21st Century School
McBride High School in Long Beach opened its doors to students for the first time this month. The newest school in the district is the first of several small high schools to be funded by Measure K.
|Keeping it Local
Project Engineers at McBride Share More Than a Name
When Matt Rose was nine years old, he led his neighborhood friends in a construction project: building a tree house in his backyard. Today, he is building more than tree houses. He’s building schools.
|New Aquatic Center Worth the Wait
Cabrillo High School opened 18 years ago, but the school's new aquatic center is being inaugurated this month. As the last large high school in the district to get a pool, Cabrillo is now able to develop its own swim and water polo teams.
|Public Invited to Preview New McBride High School
The public is invited to preview the new McBride High School in Long Beach from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. The Long Beach Unified School District wants to acknowledge the broad-based support of parents, neighbors and the community during the years of planning and construction of the school, built on the former DeMille Middle School site at 7025 E. Parkcrest St.
|Four Appointed to Bond Oversight Committee Four individuals, Dean Chow, Rosi Pedersen, Kris Thornton and Julie Jackson, were recently appointed by the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education to the Measure K Citizens’ Oversight Committee to serve as the community’s representatives.|
|McBride Principal Rockenbach Returns to Career Tech Ed Roots
After starting off his career as a woodshop teacher, Steve Rockenback is returning to his roots in a 21st Century school that offers an entirely new approach to career technical education.
|Teaching Starts at McBride High Before School Opens
Months before the school opens its doors, McBride High School is already a place where teaching and learning are happening. For Alfonso Tejeda, the construction site is a living classroom.
|New Plans Call for Multi-Phase
Renovations at Jordan
Measure K staff recently unveiled a multi-phase master plan for renovating Jordan High School. As the single largest Measure K project to date, upgrades to the 27-acre campus are budgeted at $136 million for construction and will occur in six phases.
|Keeping It Local
Transportation Planning Integral To Jordan High Renovations: Working out of the Iteris firm's Long Beach offices, Gary Hamrick, vice president for Western Region Planning, heads a team that will examine existing traffic and access patterns and consider vehicular drop-off, pick-up, parking, bicycle access and pedestrian issues.
|Board of Education to Revisit Facility Plan
The Long Beach Unified School District's Board of Education will re-examine the district's Facility Master Plan in the coming months in light of shrinking enrollment, state budget cuts and new technology requirements.
|Newcomb Foundation Funds Enrichment
Despite being housed on a temporary campus during the rebuilding of their school, Newcomb Academy students are still enjoying enrichment programs such as a full-time music teacher and electives like marine biology, photography and home economics.
|McBride Enrollment Questions and Answers
Ernest S. McBride, Sr. High School is scheduled to open fall 2013. For those interested in enrolling their student at the new high school, this document is available to answer frequently asked questions.
|Citizens' Oversight Committee Represents Public Interests
When Mike Noll was a real estate salesman in the Long Beach area, one of the first questions prospective buyers would ask was, "How are the schools?" That question is still posed to him today, because he serves as vice chair of the Measure K Citizens' Oversight Committee of the Long Beach Unified School District.
| Long Beach Environmental Firm Ensures Building Demos are Safe
When Dave Schack started working as a field technician for a small environmental firm in 1989, he was just out of college and preparing to attend law school. Now, 23 years later, he's vice president of environmental health and safety and building sciences at Alta Environmental of Long Beach and says he doesn't look back to the legal career he might have had.
|Old is New
Architects designing the new Roosevelt Elementary School are working to retain some of the original art deco architectural features. Demolition is underway, and reconstruction is scheduled to begin in summer 2013.
| Technology to Boost Learning at New Nelson Academy
The first school built from the ground up with Measure K funds will open this fall with wireless technology, which will provide a powerful new tool for the classroom.The first school built from the ground up with Measure K funds will open this fall with wireless technology, which will provide a powerful new tool for the classroom.
|Swim Champ Turned Teacher Welcomes Cabrillo High Pool
When Jennifer Brown was a student at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, she won several swim titles and was captain of the swim team. Now a teacher and coordinator of small learning communities at Cabrillo High School, she serves on the advisory team for the new aquatic center on the northeast side of campus, where construction will start this summer.
|Contractors Learn About Local Hiring Procedure
To help boost the local economy, the Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education recently approved a resolution to promote hiring of qualified job seekers within the school district boundaries. The aim is to reinvest Measure K dollars back into the community.
|Keeping It Local
Hiring Local: Long Beach architects, MSP, create jobs, design schools; and Signal Hill geologists, Associated Soils Engineering, Inc., help ensure earthquake safety.
| First Measure K Construction Project Nears Completion
Jessie Elwin Nelson Middle School, the first major new construction project funded by Measure K, will be completed this spring, opening to students this fall. The Signal Hill school will serve about 850 students in grades six to eight in the Poly High School area, drawing graduates of Alvarado, Burnett, Signal Hill and Robinson elementary schools.
|Interim Housing Set for Roosevelt and Newcomb
Students and staff of Roosevelt Elementary School and Newcomb K-8 Academy will prepare to move to interim housing at the close of the current semester, as the reconstruction of both campuses nears. The Board of Education announced that Roosevelt students will temporarily attend Butler Middle School while Newcomb students will go to Keller Elementary School next school year.
| Perry Lindsey International Studies Magnet to Feature New Gymnasium
Young athletes at Perry Lindsey International Studies Magnet will be able to play basketball and other sports indoors when the school’s new gymnasium opens in fall 2013. The project includes a 14,000-square-foot gym, as well as a new sports ﬁeld and parking improvements.
|Project Spotlight: Soccer Field Opens At Powell K-8 Academy
This spring, student athletes at the Colin Powell K-8 Academy for Success will have a new place to exercise and enjoy the home field advantage when competing in sports, thanks to the creation of a 5.3- acre soccer field on campus.
|Project Spotlight: Roosevelt Elementary School
As one of the largest and oldest elementary schools in the district, Roosevelt will be completely rebuilt to better serve the needs of the growing student community. Re-opening is projected for 2015.
|Keeping It Local
Ernest McBride Sr. High School Crew Member Profiles
Read about former student Joe Meza and neighbor Mike Boer
|Construction Begins on
First Small High School
District officials and community leaders recently gathered to break ground at the site of the future Ernest S. McBride, Sr. High School, located at the site of the former DeMille Middle School.
|Who is Ernest McBride, Sr.?
Learn about the namesake of first new small high school for Long Beach Unified School District: a Long Beach civil rights activist and community leader.
|Middle School Nears Completion
The first school to be built with Measure K funds is scheduled to be completed in the next few months. Jessie Elwin Nelson Middle School in Signal Hill is now more than 80 percent complete, and on schedule to receive finishing touches by January 2012.
|Who was Jessie Elwin Nelson?
Learn about the namesake of first new school built by Measure K funds for Long Beach Unified School District: co-founder of the City of Signal Hill, was its first mayor and one of the first women mayors in Southern California.
|Roosevelt’s Hope Carridine Personifies School’s Close Ties
When Hope Carradine dropped off her son and daughter for their first day of school 22 years ago, she had no idea how Roosevelt Elementary School would change her life—and the lives of her entire family.
|Portables Removed from 14 Campuses
This past summer, Measure K funds paid for the demolition and removal of outdated portablestructures on 14 campuses, and three more are slated.