Since the voter passage of the Measure S Bond to support infrastructure fixes at Burbank Unified schools, a number of projects have already been completed and more are in the works. The $110 million dollar bond has been divided into three three-year issuances, with each bond issuance totaling about one-third of $110 million. Periodically, myBurbank.com reports on various aspects of BUSD Measure S Bond. (Part 2 of 2.) See Part 1 for more information on 2016 BUSD Bond projects.
Network Infrastructure & Air Conditioning
Network infrastructure projects have been substantially completed at John Burroughs High School and Luther Middle School, according to BUSD Measure S Bond Manager Gene Directo.
The projects included demolition of the existing cabling and network equipment, which was replaced by new fiber optic cabling, new cat6 cabling, new indoor and outdoor wireless access points, and new network backbone equipment, for more than 122 miles of cabling installed to date.
To support the technology upgrades, new air conditioning work for the Main Digital Frame (MDF) which serves as the school sites’ main connection to the Main Data Server Network has been started at McKinley, Washington, Roosevelt, Bret Harte, Stevenson, Emerson and Disney Elementary Schools.
Air conditioning in the Muir Middle School auditorium is up and running with the kitchen and cafeteria areas soon operational. New air conditioning at the Burroughs High School Gym is also working.
Master Clock, P/A, Fire Alarms & Artificial Turf
Replacement of the master clock, Public Address system and fire alarm are complete at Emerson, Harte, Jefferson, Miller and Washington Elementary Schools and Jordan Middle School. Staff training seminars are being scheduled.
Playground surfaces at the Kindergarten area at Jefferson and Washington Elementary Schools were replaced with artificial turf.
Grading operations have also begun at the upper and lower playgrounds of Jefferson Elementary School in preparation for the installation of new playground equipment.
Asphalt Replacement & Fencing
Extensive replacement of deteriorating asphalt and restriping has been completed at Muir, Luther and Jordan Middle Schools, in addition to Emerson, Roosevelt and Providencia Elementary Schools.
Fencing is complete at Luther Middle School and Edison, Miller and Providencia Elementary Schools.
Planning and assessment is underway for the replacement of relocatable classroom buildings with modular classroom buildings at Harte, Stevenson, Jefferson, Disney, Edison and McKinley Elementary Schools, according to Directo.
Planning for asphalt replacement is underway at Stevenson, Jefferson and Edison Elementary Schools.
Replacement of the intramural field at Burbank High School will be issued for bidding in Fall 2016.
“The funds [from the Measure S Bond] will improve the quality and safety of Burbank school facilities and will upgrade classrooms, computer and technology, replace aging portable classrooms, electrical systems, plumbing and sewer lines, roofs and play areas including upgraded fire protection, increased energy efficiency and provide accessibility for students with disabilities,” he said.