FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Geoff Yantz
October 29, 2014 Superintendent
(626) 441-5810, ext. 1100
THE BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES PROPOSAL FOR COMPREHENSIVE FACILITIES NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING
SOUTH PASADENA – At the October 28, 2014 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved a proposal for SVA Architects to provide the District with a comprehensive facilities needs assessment and planning for all seven district properties including the current Almansor Center which was previously named Oneonta Elementary School.
The assessment will include: 1) an evaluation and budgeting of all facilities mechanical and electrical systems; 2) master plan and budgeting for the potential replacement of portables at the elementary schools; 3) possible addition of arts and science labs at the elementary schools; 4) evaluation and budgeting for restoration and preservation of SPMS auditorium and the old gymnasium; 5) master planning and budgeting for SPHS in relation to classrooms and labs; and 6) evaluation and budgeting of district office. A demographic study will also be conducted. The study will help ascertain areas of student residential growth or decline to determine needs or other possible mitigation measures to inform facility and student programming decisions. The funds for the facilities assessment will be covered by revenue received by Proposition 39 and payments received through the use of district facilities.
“One of the District’s recently approved Strategic Goals is to provide facilities that support educational excellence,” said Dr. Geoff Yantz, the Superintendent of Schools. “It is imperative that the overall quality and design of the facilities reflects the pride South Pasadena holds in our schools and provides an instructional environment the students need and deserve. To fully implement that goal, the District must conduct a comprehensive assessment of the existing facilities and plan for improvements and modifications to support the current and future needs of our students.”
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