Bond Measure

Upgrading Aging Schools, Classrooms, Labs, and School Facilities to Improve Student Preparation for College and In-Demand Careers

LUSD has 16 school sites with most schools built over 60 years ago and upgraded over 20 years ago. This includes 136 portable classrooms, most of which are 20 years and older, and falling apart due to age. These funds would provide the District with much-needed resources to make basic facilities improvements, including upgrading deteriorating roofs, plumbing, sewer lines, gas lines, electrical, heating, and ventilation systems, and removing hazardous materials like asbestos and lead pipes. Additionally, these resources are needed to meet current health codes, earthquake safety standards, and accessibility standards for students with disabilities. While student safety and security are the District’s top priority, these funds will provide students with modern labs and career training facilities needed to support high quality instruction in math, science, engineering, and technology.

Aging Classrooms, Labs and School Facilities

Most local schools were built in the 1960s or earlier and are over 60 years old. Most classrooms, labs and school facilities have not been upgraded in over 20 years. For example, thousands of students attend class in 136 portable classrooms that are decades old, are falling apart and most have structural damage or water leaks. Older schools have hazardous materials like asbestos and lead that need to be removed for student health and safety. Most schools do not meet current health codes, building safety codes or provide full access for students with disabilities.

Upgrading Local Schools

To ensure all local schools have safe and modern classrooms, labs and school facilities, the LUSD Board of Education is considering options for upgrading Lompoc schools.  Because the State does not provide adequate or sufficient funding for facility improvements, LUSD is placing a school facilities improvement bond measure on the November 5, 2024 ballot for voters to consider.

  • Make repairs to older classrooms and school facilities, including deteriorating roofs, plumbing, sewer, heating, ventilation and electrical systems.

  • Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead pipes from older school sites.

  • Replace aging portable classrooms that are beyond their useful life, are too expensive to repair and maintain with modern, permanent classrooms.

  • Improve student safety and campus security systems, including security fencing, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers.

  • Upgrade older schools so they meet current health codes, building safety codes, and provide proper access for students with disabilities.

  • Provide modern labs and career training facilities and equipment, so students are prepared for college and in-demand careers in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, and skilled trades.

  • Provide the classrooms, facilities and instructional technology needed to support high quality instruction in math, science, engineering, and technology.

  • Create modern, multi-use classrooms to support hands-on science instruction and learning-by-doing.

  • Provide the classrooms and facilities needed to support high quality instruction in music, visual and performing arts.