For fourth grade teacher Beckie Burns, the best part about returning to John Muir Academy for in-person instruction will be seeing her students. The next best thing? The projector and whiteboards in her newly renovated classroom.
“It’s great to have new technology in the classroom since so much teaching material is digital now,” Burns said. “I have more space and the freedom to move around the room while I’m teaching now that the projector is mounted.”
Muir is one of 14 schools to receive upgrades or new construction in the last year despite the closure of all Long Beach Unified School District campuses for in-person learning. Many elementary students will return on March 29.
Modernized classrooms feature new heating and air conditioning, flooring, paint, energy-efficient lighting and windows, and accessibility upgrades. A state-of-the-art audiovisual system with high definition projectors and sound will help teachers like Burns deliver a more interactive and collaborative learning experience.
School auditoriums, cafeterias and administrative offices were also upgraded. Additional campus security, including fencing, self-locking doors and alarm systems, were completed.
To date, major infrastructure enhancements have started or been completed at 28 of the 54 campuses scheduled for improvement under the 2016 Measure E bond program.
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