Air Conditioned Classrooms Unveiled

Kirt Ramirez
HORACE MANN ELEMENTARY students and Principal Tracy Fiala cut a ribbon to celebrate the school’s reopening during a ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Students and staff at several Long Beach Unified School District campuses now enjoy air conditioned classrooms when it’s hot outside.

More than 13,800 students on 19 LBUSD campuses now benefit from completed upgrades made possible through the voter-approved Measure E Bond. About one-third of the 51 LBUSD schools have finished repair work, which includes central air conditioning/heating and technology upgrades, according to the LBUSD.

“Among schools with newly-renovated classrooms completed over the summer are Barton, McKinley, Lindsey, MacArthur, Keller, Burcham, Webster, Longfellow, Mann, Lowell, Jefferson and Sato,” reads an LBUSD newsletter.

“Following voter approval of Measure E in November 2016, planning started immediately for installation of air conditioning systems and other upgrades at the 51 campuses where central air conditioning was outdated or non-existent,” according to the LBUSD.

Renovations at other schools continue, where the plan remains to fully air condition all LBUSD schools, according to the LBUSD, which provides an online schedule of the work via at the School Bond Projects Timeline.

“Modernization includes not only new central heating/air conditioning systems but also utility infrastructure and accessibility upgrades, electronic classroom projectors, new lighting, windows, paint and other necessary repairs,” according to the LBUSD.


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