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Burbank Unified Measure S Bond Continues To Add Classrooms, Upgrade Facilites

The Burbank Unified School District continues to add classrooms and upgrade school facilities and infrastructure with funds provided by the Burbank voter-approved Measure S Bond. New elementary school classrooms, solar energy savings, technology and infrastructure upgrades and new Chromebooks for middle school and high school classes have been the focus of the latest work.

“Due to the generous support of Burbank voters, our schools continue to receive much needed upgrades,” commented BUSD Superintendent Matt Hill. “This past year we sold the last issuance of bonds for the $110 million Measure ‘S’ election of 2013.”

“The Series C bonds are expected to have an average interest rate of 3.59%. Most important is the fact that the District will be able to maintain a maximum tax rate of $55.18 (per $100,000 of assessed property value) on all of its outstanding school bonds, as promised.”

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Brand new classroom at Horace Mann Children’s center. (Photo By Ross Benson)

Projects the Measure S Bond proceeds pay for include heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades; fencing and asphalt replacements; LED lighting retrofits (at nine sites); playground upgrades; solar panel installations (at nine sites); and the installation of fire alarms, clocks, PA systems and energy management systems.

Modernization projects at Horace Mann Children’s Center and the SEED special education preschool, also located at Horace Mann, are nearing completion. The work included fire sprinklers, fire alarm, public address, energy management system (EMS), HVAC, lighting, ADA, flooring, resilient flooring, casework, restroom remodel and painting.

Burbank Unified also added network infrastructure, computers and the 21st Century Classroom modernization features.

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Superintendent Matt Hill and Stevenson Elementary staff check out a recently completed modular classroom on the first day of school. (Photo By Ross Benson)

Work on new modular classrooms at Stevenson Elementary is also nearly finished. The District added 11 classrooms with two student restrooms and one staff restroom over the summer.

New modular classrooms with restroom facilities have already replaced portable “bungalow” classrooms at Washington, Emerson and Roosevelt elementary schools.

The new classrooms include many upgrades such as built-in teaching walls, better quality and more efficient LED lighting and improved heating and cooling systems, along with 21st Century teaching technology, improved wireless equipment and an energy management system.

Bond work at Horace Mann. (Photo By Ross Benson)

New modular building work has begun at Bret Harte and Jefferson elementary schools, with work scheduled to be completed by Spring/Summer 2018.

BUSD will add 12 classrooms for instruction and four classrooms for child care, four student restrooms and two staff restrooms at Bret Harte. Jefferson Elementary will add nine classrooms, two student restrooms and one staff restroom.

The District is in the planning stages for Edison and McKinley elementary schools, with Edison and McKinley groundbreaking aimed for Summer 2018. BUSD plans to add four classrooms to Edison and six classrooms with two student restrooms and one staff restroom to McKinley.

The modular classroom project for Disney Elementary is also in the very early planning stages, with specifics to be determined.

New solar panels provide shade and savings for BUSD’s Luther Middle School. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Unified has also partnered with OpTerra Energy Services to put in place infrastructure upgrades, such as solar panels over school parking lots, to provide revenue through energy savings and use of renewables. BUSD is projected to save $10.4 million over the 30 year program.

As of September 2016, the District has achieved energy savings of 889,905 kWh or $124,943.00. A solar dashboard, in the Measure S section of the District’s website, can be viewed to see the savings at individual school sites.

BUSD has also partnered with the City of Burbank and Burbank Water and Power to put high-speed internet, also known as dark fiber, in place at all school sites and office locations.

Working solar panels provide shade and savings for BUSD’s Jordan Middle School.(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Upgrades to network infrastructure and wireless continue at all BUSD sites and computers have been refreshed at all school computer labs, offices and libraries.

Additionally, the District sent 101 Chromebook carts to all middle and high schools. Each cart has 38 Chromebooks and they are being used in English Language Arts classes.

A new Data Center was built at the District Service Center and a new telephone system (VoIP) is currently being installed. All of BUSD classrooms continue to be updated with new projectors, document cameras and voice amplification systems.

More information regarding the Measure S Bond and progress on the various projects can be found on the BUSD website.

BUSD Facilities Completes Many Measure S Bond Projects, Work Continues On Others

As Burbank Unified School District students return to classes this week and many hand in reports on their accomplishments over the past summer, BUSD Facilities can also note quite a few items in the “What I Did Last Summer” category, as projects are ticked off the Measure S Bond list.

“Over the summer, we have been hard at work at various school sites installing new network infrastructure, air conditioning installations and replacements, irrigation upgrades, fire alarms replacements and upgrades, clocks and PA system replacements and other various projects,” commented David Jaynes, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services for Burbank Unified. “We are continuing to install other upgrades as well, such as energy saving LED lighting, 21st century classroom technology upgrades and energy saving solar programs.”

BUSD LOGO_Master File“Since these projects are going to continue throughout the school year, the work will be performed in isolated areas or after school instructional hours and on weekends, so you may notice construction workers on campus during these hours,” Jaynes said in a BUSD release.

“As mandated by the provisions of the Education Code applicable to public school construction, the contractors are all required to ensure the safety of the pupils through the methods provided in the Michelle Montoya School Safety Act. In addition, weekly safety meetings will be held which include proper behavior and sensitivity training protocols prohibiting student interaction.”

“We appreciate your understanding as we continue to put Measure S dollars to work and improve our schools,” he added. “We will work to minimize any inconveniences as best we can.”

Previous articles on the Measure S Bond can be found here, here and here.

According to Craig Bell, BUSD Director of Facilities,  the following items have been completed or are in progress at the various school sites. Unless noted by an asterisk (*), projects were paid by the Measure S Bond fund. Other funds or accounts, where applicable, are noted after the asterisk.

BHS – Administration Building, New Energy Management System (EMS) installed

JBHS – New HVAC installed in both Hurst and main gyms

JBHS – Reclaimed irrigation installed on the baseball field

Jordan – New HVAC installed in the auditorium, cafeteria/kitchen and gym

Jordan – New EMS, fire alarm, PA & clocks installed

Jordan – New exterior painting underway (*Deferred Maintenance)

Jordan – Reclaimed irrigation installed

Jordan – New asphalt and lunch shelter, scheduled for the Fall 2015

Jordan – New perimeter fencing in scheduled for the Fall 2015

Jordan – Soil testing was completed for a planned solar structure

Luther – New HVAC installed in the classrooms, cafeteria/kitchen & gym

Luther – New EMS installed

Luther – Reclaimed irrigation installed

Luther – New concrete bike rack area

Luther – Soil testing was completed for a planned solar structure

Luther – Removal of tree root invasion around the lunch shelter area

Muir – New HVAC installed in the auditorium, cafeteria/kitchen and gym

Muir – New EMS, fire alarms installed

Muir – New asphalt in the staff parking lot and lower basketball courts

Muir – Demoed old media bungalow

Disney – New perimeter fencing in scheduled for September 2015

Edison – New perimeter fencing installed in August 2015

Edison – New synthetic turf installed in the CC yard

Edison – Reclaimed irrigation installed

Edison – New exterior painting (*Deferred Maintenance)

Emerson – New HVAC installed in the classrooms, auditorium & kitchen

Emerson – New EMS, fire alarms, PA & clocks installed

Emerson – New synthetic turf installed in the kinder yard

Emerson – New asphalt installed in the kinder yard

Harte – New HVAC installed in the classrooms, auditorium & kitchen

Harte – New EMS, fire alarms & PA & clocks installed

Harte – New synthetic turf installed in the kinder yard

Harte – Reclaimed irrigation installed

Jefferson – Geological soil testing were completed to determine a fault line

Jefferson – Soil testing was completed for a planned solar structure

McKinley – New synthetic turf installed in the two kinder yards

McKinley – New sewer line replacement (*Deferred Maintenance)

Miller – New HVAC installed in the classrooms, auditorium & kitchen

Miller – New EMS, fire alarms & PA & clocks installed

Miller – New iron fencing scheduled to be installed September 2015

Providencia – New synthetic turf installed in the kinder yard

Providencia – Reclaimed irrigation installed

Providencia – Re-lamping of the sport field (*AYSO)

Roosevelt – Two temporary portable classrooms installed (*Fund 25, Growth)

Roosevelt – New perimeter fencing installed

Roosevelt – New synthetic turf installed in the two kinder yards

Stevenson – One temporary portable classroom installed (*Fund 25, Growth)

Stevenson – New synthetic turf installed in the kinder yard

Stevenson – Reclaimed irrigation installed

Stevenson – New exterior painting (*Deferred Maintenance)

Washington – Soil testing was completed for a planned solar structure

Burbank Adult School – Soil testing was completed for a planned solar structure