October 03, 2003
The Long Beach Unified School District is making good on its promise to expand student capacity at existing schools and building new facilities so more students can attend neighborhood schools.
With the passage of Measure A in 1999, the district secured $295 million in bonds for school construction and modernization. These local funds are matched 50-50 by the state for new construction. Modernization projects were matched 80% by the state.
In the four years since passage, Measure A has contributed to increased capacity of 10,350 seats in local schools, with plans in the works and construction under way for another 4,350 places soon.
New construction is proceeding at several sites in the district:
• Construction at the Broadway & Golden site is currently under way, with structural steel going up. The new K-5 school will have a capacity of 850 and is scheduled for September 2004 occupancy.
• The Browning School site at Hill & Redondo is finishing design stage. Construction on the K-8 school, with a planned capacity of 1,450, should begin in early 2004.
• The new K-5 school at the Dooley’s site is in the final design stage. Construction of the 1,200-student school should begin in early 2004. Completion of the project will allow for the conversion of nearby Sutter Elementary to a middle school.
• The GTE site in Signal Hill, which formerly housed the Preparatory Academy, is in the final planning stages. Construction of the 850-student middle school should begin in spring 2004.
• Powell Academy is finishing construction of a new Gym/Music Room; occupancy is expected fall 2004. In spring 2004, construction is expected to proceed on the Administration/Library Building, with completion scheduled for summer 2005. This new construction will free up eight existing classrooms for instructional use.
Portable classroom placement at Powell and Sutter increased student capacity by 850.
Major modernization of Lindbergh and Rogers middle schools is expected to be completed by early 2004. Major modernization projects at Poly and Lakewood high schools begin this fall, with completion expected in early 2006.