After being approved by voters nearly 4 years ago, Measure GG funds are finally going to have some real-world effects. Various construction projects are starting pre-construction planning this April for the 21 schools across the Inglewood Unified School District.
Bond Measure GG, which was approved by more than 86 percent of the voters during the Nov. 6, 2012 election, provided a $90 million general obligation bond for new construction and modernization projects throughout the district. The creation of the bond took into account the district’s safety expectations, enrollment trends, class size, and the high demand for improved technology within each school.
Each school within IUSD will be slated for major improvements in the coming years with new facilities, equipment, and an overall facelift to some of the district’s oldest schools – some of which have been around for nearly 90 years.
The scope of work has been outlined in the IUSD School Facilities Master Plan document with construction plans focusing on four categories: school site health, safety and security projects; school renovation, repair, upgrades and construction projects; district-wide wiring and technology for instructional support and effective learning environments; and miscellaneous projects.
The School Facilities Master Plan document lists its priorities to include, but are not be limited to: repairing/replacing leaky roofs and inadequate electrical and plumbing systems; modernizing, renovating, and constructing classrooms, restrooms, and school facilities; the construction of new science and computer labs, replacing portable classrooms with permanent classrooms; and making energy efficiency and health and safety improvements a priority.
Though the bond measure was approved in 2012, the district and tax payers will now see pre-construction start this April with direct input from community members.
According to the Master Plan, IUSD pre-construction scheduling will take a minimum of 18 months with four phases: programming, design, review and approval from the Division of State Architect (DSA), and bids for construction.
During the first phase, each school site will be reviewed with input from the district and community for ideas on what construction improvements can and should be done to achieve the best results.
Public input is always welcome as community meetings will be scheduled in May and June at the following local IUSD school sites:
- Worthington Elementary School
- Payne Elementary School
- Monroe Middle School
- Morningside High School
- Inglewood High School
Residents should also note that other improvements – not just Measure GG construction – are on target for this summer. The IUSD construction schedule currently includes roof replacement projects that will begin in June with a planned completion date set in November, along with LAWA (Los Angeles World Airports) noise abatement projects which are positioned to begin this winter.
So when you drive by a local school in the Inglewood Unified School District over the next few months that’s not just the sound of construction you’re hearing- it’s also the sound of your tax dollars working hard to improve your community schools.
Over 190 students Make the Honor Roll
Monroe’s 2016 4.0 GPA Honor Roll Students
(Inglewood, CA . . .). . . . Monroe Middle School recently held its Annual Honor Roll Assembly acknowledging the academic achievement of over 190 students who have maintained a 3.0 or greater grade point average. One by one, these students crossed Monroe’s stage rallied on by their parents, teachers and invited guests to receive honor roll certificates and achievement medals.
However, none was as full of pride as their Principal Brent Tilley who shook the hand of each student while giving them encouragement and hope for continued success beyond k-12. “As many of our staff can attest, you now sit in seats that were occupied by students who have gone on to attend every UC campus, every CSU campus, and several colleges in and outside of this state. Those who came before you had the same teachers and the same level of expectations. You’ve had big shoes to fill, but you have already shown us that you are more than capable of filling them. I look forward to great things from you, keep your expectations high and continue to work hard.“
IUSD Director of Secondary Education Dr. Reginald Sirls was also on hand to acknowledge Monroe’s top achievers. He presented awards to a cross section of Monroe students that not only included Monroe’s magnet students, but also core curriculum and EL students as well. “The honor roll assembly at Monroe was fantastic! It was great to see a huge number of students who were recognized for their academic achievement. Principal Tilley and his staff did an outstanding job in putting the program together, allowing for parents and family members to be a part of this celebration. We are very proud of the students for their hard work and of the teachers who facilitated the learning process. We look forward to more continued success at Monroe.”
Following the ceremony, amid a room filled with camera flashes, was Jose Moya, father of Monroe student Daniela Moya, who is an 8th grade 3.6 GPA award recipient. Moya patiently waited for the opportunity to take his daughter to lunch to celebrate her commitment to hard work. “I am so very proud of my child. And I am also so very proud to see how many children actually received awards here today. I feel really good about my child’s education here at Monroe and I plan to keep her in the Inglewood Unified School District.” Moya says Daniela has plans to begin high school next year as a Morningside Monarch.
Monroe Magnet Middle School boasts one of the most rigorous MESA programs in Los Angeles County. Their students have continuously competed in an array of science competitions and brought home numerous awards in several categories. “I am not surprised that a third of our students are here receiving awards today for their achievement efforts,” added Principal Tilley. “Monroe’s curriculum is 21st Century. We are the only school in the area that offers MESA and Project Lead the Way.” Area residents are taking a second look at Monroe. For more information on Monroe Middle School contact 310.680.5310.