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School Construction Generates Jobs

About 120 construction contractors and trades people participated in the 2014 Contractor Outreach Fair, hosted recently by the Long Beach Unified School District.

The event was designed to give contractors an overview of the 19 upcoming new building and renovation Measure K projects, ranging from $80,000 to $44 million.

“We wanted to make sure local people in construction trades are aware of the project opportunities we have coming up in the next several months,” said Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser. “This is the busiest year yet for Measure K projects.”

Measure K, the $1.2 billion school improvement bond measure, was approved by 71 percent of local voters in 2008. Since then, LBUSD has used bond funds to build and open two new schools: Nelson Academy in Signal Hill and McBride High School in Long Beach.

Last year, complete rebuilds of two more campuses, Newcomb Academy and Roosevelt Elementary School, began.

Work has also started on a major $136 million renovation of Jordan High School and construction is starting this spring on the new Browning High School. Measure K funds are also being used to upgrade clocks, security systems, intercoms and telephone service districtwide. By this fall, all district schools will have wi-fi capability to enable students and staff to access the Internet on campus.