California Gov. Gavin Newsom visited Twain Elementary School last week to highlight the need for statewide bond funding for school facility upgrades.
The governor’s visit came shortly before this week’s statewide election, which included the Prop. 13 “Californians for Safe Schools and Healthy Learning” bond measure.
The $15 billion bond measure appeared to be heading toward defeat with a yes vote of 44 percent.
The governor toured the award-winning school with school district leaders and staff, and he held a news conference in the library.
The Long Beach Unified School District is in the midst of a districtwide effort to upgrade aging campuses.
While the school district continues to prioritize its most pressing facilities needs, because many of LBUSD’s 85 schools were built decades ago, additional funding ultimately will be needed to build and maintain high quality learning environments over the long term.
State school bond measures can help to stretch local school bond resources further by providing matching funds. LBUSD would have been eligible for as much as $330 million in funds under Prop. 13.