School Benefits FAQ
For our children. For our community. For the future.
A new high school will offer these benefits
- Earthquake safety: the existing building could collapse in a strong earthquake
- Personal safety: a single monitored main entrance
- Larger classrooms suitable for active learning: more projects and activities, discussion groups. Independent work
- Additional classrooms to provide for teaching more trades: manufacturing, technology, construction, welding, culinary and automotive careers.
- A kitchen and a cafeteria
- An auditorium large enough for all-school assemblies, cross-curricular speeches & presentations, and a home for drama, band, and choir instruction and performances
- Athletic facilities will be repaired and improved for Title IX compliance
- Parking lots and driveways will offer improved access and efficiency
- Natural lighting in all classrooms: student learning is 20%+ higher with natural light
- Ventilation: all parts of the building will have fresh, clean air
- Temperature control: classroom and office temperatures will be comfortable in all seasons
- Electrical systems will be adequate to handle the electronic needs of modern education
- Mechanical systems will be more reliable, less expensive to operate and maintain
- Energy efficiency: annual savings of $50,000+ for utilities
- Partnerships with LCC for evening adult and career classes
- Community benefits: a location for community events, an attractive place for conferences, a shelter in case of a community emergency
Middle School improvements will offer these benefits
- Water intrusion will be repaired; window sills and trim will be replaced
- Damaged windows will be replaced
Physical education: buried debris removed and a small grass field planted
Elementary School construction and improvements will offer these benefits
- Earthquake safety: existing buildings could collapse in a strong earthquake; all buildings will be upgraded to meet current earthquake standards
- Building Continuity: separate buildings will be joined together; replacing the old south end with a new classroom wing that meets the office and north classroom wing
- New classrooms will be added; all students will be under one roof, in one school
- Lighting: all classrooms will have sources of natural light
- Fresh air: air circulation will be improved; no interior, ‘boxed classrooms’
- Security: a monitored central entry point at the main office at the improve security
- Energy efficiency: Improved lighting and HVAC systems will offer energy savings
- Drop off and pick up areas will be reconfigured for safety, security, and efficiency
- Interior spaces will be upgraded with paint, new windows, floor coverings, and new ceiling tiles as interior walls are opened for seismic enhancement in the north end of the building
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