A soon-to-be-published annual report for the Long Beach Unified School District Department of Facilities Development and Planning describes another successful year for school campus improvements despite the challenges of COVID-19.
The 2019-20 report, created by the Measure E and K Citizens’ Oversight Committee, highlights the more than $180 million directed toward facilities projects that were started, continued or completed during the 12-month period.
Although all district schools were unexpectedly closed for in-person instruction in the spring, renovation and construction continued without interruption. During the unprecedented closure, LBUSD worked hard to balance the health and welfare of workers with the need to maintain construction schedules and ensure classrooms are ready when students return.
In response to new COVID-19 protocols, all community meetings and campus tours became virtual. Various online virtual tours were created to inform parents and students about improvements at their schools.
The annual report also highlights a recent review by an independent audit firm that designates LBUSD’s bond program as having the highest rating for financial accountability and performance for the eighth straight year.
“The committee remains impressed with the district’s meticulous record keeping and financial stewardship of public funds,” Citizens' Oversight Committee Chairman Walter Larkins states in the report.
“We want to thank and acknowledge the Board of Education, district staff, families and the community for being steadfast partners and demonstrating commitment, adaptability and flexibility while navigating these unchartered waters together.”
The full report is expected to be released in February. For more information, visit lbschoolbonds.net.