Upgrading Aging Classrooms, Labs and School Facilities for Quality Education and Student Safety
With graduation rates on the rise, LUSD has been recognized for its commitment to improved academic achievement, including innovative programs, strong community partnerships, and promoting a positive school climate. Lompoc Unified School District strives to a provide quality education for all students that prepares them for future success. However, aging and outdated classrooms and school facilities are impacting student safety and instruction.
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 funding for facility improvements, LUSD is considering placing a school facilities improvement bond measure on the ballot for voters to consider. Funds from a measure could be used to:
Renovations: School facilities that have been used for decades by thousands of students each day need renovations far beyond routine maintenance. Roofs, plumbing, electrical systems, floors, walls, doors, windows, heating and cooling systems and more all need to be renovated.
Modernizing Classrooms and Labs: Outdated classrooms built for a different era of education need updates to meet current academic standards and support instruction in subjects like science, technology, engineering, and math.
Ensuring Safety and Health: Most older school buildings contain hazardous materials, such as asbestos and lead, that need to be safely removed. Additionally, improved full access is needed for students with disabilities in the remaining schools and areas that have yet to be updated to ADA standards.
Promoting Career Readiness: To help ensure students graduate ready to compete for good jobs, modern labs, career training facilities, and equipment are needed.