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Classroom Repair, Student Achievement, Health and Safety Measure

The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) is proud to be one of America’s finest school systems, winning many awards as a national and international model of excellence. LBUSD provides a high-quality education to a diverse student body of nearly 68,000 students from pre-kindergarten through high school across the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and Avalon on Catalina Island.

Aging Classrooms in Need of Repair

A major challenge facing the District is that many school facilities are more than 60 years old, and some buildings were constructed a century ago. Updates are needed to support modern learning standards that prepare students for college and rewarding careers.

In addition, repairs are needed to improve plumbing systems, provide safe drinking water, remove lead paint, asbestos and mold, meet accessibility requirements for people with disabilities, and comply with updated earthquake safety standards.

Planning for the Future

Three friends pose on playgroundDuring the past year, LBUSD re-evaluated school facilities to ensure that the District’s aging campuses are still safe and up-to-date. As a result, the LBUSD Board of Education approved a 2022 Facility Master Plan and called for a local school bond election to help fund our many facilities needs.

The LBUSD Classroom Repair and Student Achievement, Health and Safety Measure

To address these needs, the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education placed a classroom repair, student achievement, health and safety bond measure on the November ballot. The measure would provide $1.7 billion in locally controlled funding to upgrade school facilities and cost property owners approximately 6¢ per $100 of assessed (not market) value annually, while bonds are outstanding.

Funding from the measure would be used to:

Point 1 - Safe and Clean Classrooms

Ensure every student in the District learns in a classroom that is safe and clean

Point 2 - Access to Tech

Improve access to 21st century learning in science, technology, engineering and math

Point 3 - Repair Deteriorating Classrooms

Repair deteriorating classrooms, including fixing leaky roofs and removing lead paint and asbestos from schools

Point 4 - Meet Accessibility Requirements

Ensure each school meets accessibility requirements for people with disabilities

Point 5 - Upgrade Electrical Wiring for Ed Tech

Upgrade electrical wiring and educational technology for classrooms and career pathway labs

Fiscal Accountability Required

The measure would include strong fiscal safeguards:

  • All funds would stay local to improve LBUSD schools - no funds may be used by the State
  • Independent citizen oversight and audits would be required
  • No funds could go to administrator salaries or pensions
  • This measure would help our schools qualify for additional State funding

Learn More

We value our partnership with the community and your input is essential to the process. To provide feedback or for more information about how the District is planning to address facilities needs, contact Evelyn Somoza at esomoza@lbschools.net.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) is proud to be one of America’s finest school systems, winning many awards as a national and international model of excellence. We strive to provide a 21st century education in safe and engaging learning environments to the nearly 68,000 students that make up our diverse community. Parents, teachers and students can be excited about the future.

A major challenge facing the District is that many school facilities are more than 60 years old, and some buildings were constructed a century ago. Repairs are needed to improve plumbing systems, provide safe drinking water, remove lead paint, asbestos and mold, meet accessibility requirements for people with disabilities, and comply with updated earthquake safety standards. Older classrooms and labs require upgrades to improve student access to computers and instructional technology that facilitate 21st century learning.

These improvements will support core academics including math, science, technology, engineering, reading and writing and help students develop the vital skills required to succeed in college and compete in today’s economy.

To repair classrooms and support student achievement, health and safety, LBUSD’s Board of Education placed a $1.7 billion school repair bond measure on the November ballot. All funds would stay local to improve LBUSD schools — no funds will be used by the State or go towards administrator salaries or pensions.

Funding from the measure would be used to:

  • Ensure every student in the District learns in a classroom that is safe and clean
  • Improve access to 21st century learning in science, technology, engineering and math
  • Repair deteriorating classrooms, including fixing leaky roofs and removing lead paint and asbestos from schools
  • Ensure each school meets accessibility requirements for people with disabilities
  • Upgrade electrical wiring and educational technology for classrooms and career pathway labs

The measure would include strong fiscal safeguards:

  • All funds would stay local to improve LBUSD schools – no funds may be used by the State
  • Independent citizen oversight and audits would be required
  • No funds could go to administrator salaries or pensions
  • This measure would help our schools qualify for additional State funding

No. All funds generated by a potential measure would remain under local control to support LBUSD schools. The State would not be able to take a single penny.

The measure would cost property owners approximately 6¢ per $100 of assessed (not market) value annually, while bonds are outstanding.

Yes. If passed, this measure could qualify our schools for millions of dollars in state matching funds that would otherwise go to other communities.

Local school bonds serve as local job creators. They sustain local industry, employ local workers and bring economic activity to our area. In addition, updating local schools is a wise investment to help keep our community strong.

Even if you do not have school-age children, supporting quality education is a wise investment. Good schools maintain the quality of life in our community and protect the value of local homes, keeping our community strong.

LBUSD has very few options when it comes to making the necessary renovations and upgrades to our community schools. Funding from the State has been inconsistent and very limited, so we can’t rely on the State to help address needed repairs and updates for our schools.

The bond measure would provide the local control necessary to complete prioritized projects identified in our facility planning over the past year. If approved, the bond measure could help our schools qualify for State matching funds that would otherwise go to other school districts.

The Classroom Repair, Student Achievement, Health and Safety Measure will be on the November 8, 2022 ballot for LBUSD voters.

All registered voters living in the Long Beach Unified School District are eligible to vote on this measure.

You can register to vote at www.registertovote.ca.gov. To find out more about voting in this election, please contact the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters at 800-815-2666 or visit www.lavote.gov.

If you have more questions, or need additional information, please call (562) 997-7550.