E Long Beach Unified S:hooI " ii Measure K Bond Program Office
, _ 2425 Webster Avenue lf' 2 5 Long Beach, California 90810
Building for 21 sf Century Learning
March 23, 2011 Via U.S. Mail
Re: Update on Construction for New High School #1
As you are already aware, the Long Beach Unified School District (District) is building a new high school in your neighborhood on East Parkcrest Street. Demolition ofthe old middle school started last November and construction on the site will continue through September 2013, when the high school is scheduled to open. At $75 million, this is one of the largest projects funded by Measure K, the voter-approved school building bond measure passed in 2008.
During the next 30 months, we anticipate there will be periodic .traHic disturbances, which are unavoidable with any project of this size. Construction and construction traffic will be limited to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are constantly working to reduce disturbances to the neighborhood and sincerely regret any inconvenience to you or your household members.
The multi-phased construction schedule is highly variable, subject to weather and other impacts. We plan to keep you informed of progress of the project, including what to expect in the coming months. With the demolition phase about to be completed in the next week, we will soon begin well waterline relocation and installation of large underground pipes, followed by grading operations. This new phase is expected to continue for about four months. During this time, we hope to minimize traffic issues by designating a single entry/exit point for construction traffic at the most western gate located on Parkcrest.
The new high school will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and addresses the school district's goal of creating smaller learning communities. The school will offer an innovative program integrating career preparation with core subjects, such as English, math, science and social studies. The Board of Education continues to strive to ensure we prepare graduates for apprenticeships, college or their chosen career path. Curriculum pathways will include health/medical, law enforcement, legal services/forensics, and engineering.
We thank you in advance for your patience during this and subsequent phases of construction as we create a new model learning enviromnent. Please feel free to contact Erin Scott-Keith, Assistant Project Manager for the LBUSD at (5 62) 997-7550 or by e-mail at Faci1itiesMail@lbschools.net with any further questions or comments.
Carri M. Matsumoto
Executive Director Facilities Development & Planning Branch
cc: Superintendent’s Office, Measure K Office and Public Information Office