While students and most staff took a break, summer vacation was the time when major Measure K construction projects shifted into high gear.
For example, Wilson Classical High School students returned from vacation to find four buildings sporting new clay tile roofs. Improvements to walkways and the stadium ticket booth, concession stand and restrooms are planned for later this year.
At Jordan High School, 49 new portable classrooms were installed to house students while construction begins this fall on three two-story classroom buildings and a new cafeteria. Four single-story buildings and 17 outdated, portable classrooms were demolished in summer as part of the seven-year, $140 million renovation of the entire campus.
At 10 other campuses across the district, 21 antiquated portables were demolished and removed, part of an ongoing effort to eliminate all outdated bungalows.
At the future site of Browning High School near Signal Hill, soil preparation was completed so that construction can begin later this fall on the college preparatory, thematic grade 9-12 school, one of five new small high schools to be funded by Measure K.
Meanwhile Mary Butler School, the future site of a small high school (and current temporary home of Roosevelt Elementary School) received a new exterior paint job.
After Roosevelt students return to their new campus, Butler will accommodate another group of students while Renaissance High School for the Arts receives $40 million in renovations, including new buildings and portable removals.
The new Roosevelt site is about 50 percent complete, with the campus on schedule to open in the fall of 2015. Also set to open then is a re-built Newcomb Academy, now about 45 percent complete.
For the balance of the year and next spring, Measure K funds will pay for gymnasium renovations at Bancroft and Hoover middle schools, while auditoriums at Wilson and Polytechnic high schools will undergo major facelifts.
In addition, upgrades to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards will take place at Lowell, Willard and Washington schools.
View more information on the Measure K Bond Program. Watch for next week’s Measure K Update electronic newsletter for the latest information on Measure K projects.