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FALL 2015
Contractor Fair 2015 Thousands Tour Newcomb, Roosevelt
During Previews of Rebuilt Campuses

Thousands of community members toured the Long Beach Unified School District’s two newest schools—Roosevelt Elementary and Newcomb Academy—before the first day of the fall semester. At evening open house events during the final days of August, school district leaders showcased the two re-built campuses to parents, students and neighbors.
Polytechnic auditorium Wilson and Polytechnic Auditoriums Get Makeovers
Measure K school bonds are funding the renovations of two high school auditoriums.The 86-year-old Wilson Classical High School auditorium will get a major makeover this fall, including structural improvements, two elevators, refurbished seating, upgraded restrooms new wall and floor finishes, a control room, catwalk and lighting.
Polytechnic auditorium Roosevelt Student from 1942 Happy to See New Campus
Frances Ishii was a fourth grader at Roosevelt Elementary School when she and her kindergartner sister were suddenly pulled out of class and relocated with their parents and other Japanese Americans to the Santa Anita detention center in Arcadia, California.
Miguel Guajardo Keeping It Local
El Camino Construction Expands in Long Beach

Although it was a small job—installing a wheelchair ramp in front of Lowell Elementary School—it was a job that a small local company was happy to get.

Contractor Fair 2015 Roosevelt Elementary Nears Completion
Work crews this summer will put the finishing touches on a completely rebuilt Roosevelt Elementary School, set to open this fall after two years of construction.Students and staff will arrive to see a very different campus, designed to accommodate a student population of 1,100 within a small geographic footprint.
Polytechnic auditorium Mona Merlo to Lead Sato Academy
Mona Merlo, the tenth child in a family of 12, grew up in a town of 600 people in rural South Dakota. The girl who graduated in a class of 24 students and drove tractors during her summer vacations could never have imagined that she would become principal of an innovative small high school in the third largest school district in California.
Polytechnic auditorium About Eunice Sato
The newest small high school in the Long Beach Unified School District opening this fall is named after Eunice Noda Sato, the first female mayor of Long Beach. Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science is the first school in the district to be named for an Asian American. Sato, now 93 years old, was born in Livingston, near Modesto.
COC member Dean Chow Citizens' Oversight Committee
Kris Thornton Believes In Investing in the Future

Maybe it was his father, an aerospace engineer, who taught him to shoot for the stars. Or maybe it's his job in the home mortgage business, with the ups and downs of the real estate market that keeps him focused on the long haul term.
Peggy Williams Keeping It Local
Peggy Williams, Measure K Program Consultant

Peggy Williams has lived in Long Beach for the past five years, although her connections to the city and the district go much further back. Her grandmother moved to Long Beach as a young child, attended LBUSD elementary and middle schools and was a 1932 graduate of Wilson High School where she was an active member of the swimming/dive team.

Contractor Fair 2015 Construction Contractors Invited to Outreach Fair
Construction contractors and trades people interested in becoming eligible to work on Measure K school building and renovation projects are invited to an outreach fair hosted by the Long Beach Unified School District on Tuesday, March 31.
Polytechnic auditorium $14M Renovation Starts at Polytechnic High
When the Polytechnic High School auditorium was first opened in 1930, no one could predict that just three years later it would be severely damaged in a 6.4 earthquake.
COC member Dean Chow Citizens' Oversight Committee
Dean Chow Gives Back By Serving Non-Profits

After working for years in finance in the for-profit world, Dean Chow felt that he could do more to contribute to his community. So he made a mid-career shift from the private sector to non-profits about six years ago, and he hasn’t looked back.

Tova Coman Bond Funds to Improve Bancroft and Hoover Gyms
When the gymnasiums at Bancroft and Hoover middle schools were first built, Harry Truman was president and gasoline cost an average of 16 cents a gallon.
Tova Coman City and School District Plan to Partner on Baseball Field
In a classic example of city and school district partnership, two government entities are finalizing a joint use agreement to upgrade and share use of the Houghton Park baseball field next to Jordan High School in North Long Beach.
Tova Coman Citizens' Oversight Committee
Retired Principal Rosi Pedersen Returns as Volunteer Member

Rosi Pedersen, who retired after 30 years as a teacher and school administrator, has returned to the Long Beach Unified School District as a member of the Measure K Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.

FALL 2014
Tova Coman Technology Projects Put LBUSD on Leading Edge
Measure K school bonds are allowing the Long Beach Unified School District to offer leading-edge educational technology with districtwide projects such as state-of-the art wi-fi, telecommunications, security, clocks, intercom and speaker systems. 
MicBride High School public invitation Shifting Into High Gear
While students and most staff took a break, summer vacation was the time when major Measure K construction projects shifted into high gear.

Jordan High School rendering Jordan High's $140 Million Renovations Start
Jordan High School will be transformed in the next seven years with $140 million in new construction and major renovations. The work will be split into several phases to allow students to stay on one part of campus while construction is going on in another.
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Jordahl Construction Calls Avalon Home

Jordahl Construction, Inc. (JCI), is headquartered just 23 miles from Long Beach on Santa Catalina Island and still within Long Beach Unified School District boundaries.
Matt Sears and Matt Rose Citizens' Oversight Committee
Julie Jackson Brings Business Savvy

Julie Jackson is the successful general manager of 150 Chevron and G&M gas stations throughout Southern California, and in her free time, she brings the same business savvy to her volunteer efforts on behalf of schools in Long Beach.

Matt Sears and Matt Rose Keeping It Local
MHP Structural Engineers Making Buildings Safe

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the world’s most famous structural engineering icons, is still standing after 840 years. Whether you consider it a massive structural failure or a brilliant success, its most significant flaw is also its claim to fame.
MicBride High School public invitation Maria Ochoa of Cabrillo High School is 2016 Olympic Hopeful
When the 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Maria Ochoa plans to be among the U.S. athletes competing in water polo. The 14-year-old freshman at Cabrillo High School is on the U.S. Olympic Development Team and is considered one of the top female water polo players in the state.
Matt Sears and Matt Rose Citizens' Oversight Committee
Heather Morrison Leads Green Team at Longfellow

When Heather Morrison saw that uneaten food and milk from the lunch program at her daughter’s school were being tossed in the trash, she set out to change that. After extensive research and talking to the principal, the school district’s Nutrition Services director and other parents, she helped start a food donation program and lunch recycling program at Longfellow Elementary School.

Tova Coman 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.
MicBride High School public invitation 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.
Matt Sears and Matt Rose 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.
Matt Sears and Matt Rose 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.

Tova Coman 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.
MicBride High School public invitation 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.
Matt Sears and Matt Rose 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.
Matt Sears and Matt Rose Oversight Committee Chair Serves Community
 Dede Rossi was appointed by Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser to serve on the Measure K Citizens’ Oversight Committee in September 2011.
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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.

FALL 2013
Tova Coman 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.
MicBride High School public invitation 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.
Matt Sears and Matt Rose 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.

McBride High School Groundbreaking 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.
4 new LBUSD Measure K COC members Four Appointed to 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.
Gary 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.

McBride High School Groundbreaking 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.
Jordan High School renovation plans 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.

FALL 2012
McBride High School Groundbreaking 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.
Cabrillo High swimming pool 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.
Local Hiring Procedures 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.

hiring local architects and geologists 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.
local engineers Alta Environmental 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.
hiring local architects and geologists 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.

McBride High School Groundbreaking 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.
Cabrillo High swimming pool 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.
Local Hiring Procedures 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.

hiring local architects and geologists 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.

McBride High School Groundbreaking 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.
image placeholder 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.
Lindsey Magnet gymnasium to be built from Measure K funds 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.
Powell soccer field opens 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.
Roosevelt line rendering 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.
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Ernest McBride Sr. High School Crew Member Profiles
Read about former student Joe Meza and neighbor Mike Boer

FALL 2011
McBride High School Groundbreaking 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.
Ernest McBride, Sr. 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.
tour of Nelson Middle School under construction 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. 
Jessie Elwin Nelson 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 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.
portable removal 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.


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