SPUSD introduces draft plans for elementary school renovation

Story by Amber Chen
Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of South Pasadena Unified School District

The South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) introduced its draft plan to renovate the three elementary schools on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at a school board meeting.

Although plans are still in their beginning stages, SPUSD presented the current focuses of renovation for each elementary school.

Marengo’s plan includes a new ADA compliant concrete walkway, a new arts room, and two new classrooms. The plan will also update bathrooms to new ADA standards and remove two portables.

Arroyo Vista’s plan includes a new art room and updated restrooms. The school also seeks to add four new classrooms, a new gate and walkway to the main campus, and a possible new ramp. Additionally, shade structures are to be relocated and three portables removed.

Monterey Hills wants to add a two story building: 3 classrooms and an art room on the first floor, and 4 classrooms on the second. Existing portables are to be removed and an ADA compliant walkway to the main campus is to be added.

The renovations will also replace temporary portable buildings at the elementary schools, which many residents had expressed concerns about since 2015.

The district has not yet hired a construction company for the project, but received a presentation from construction company 7Gen about their eco-friendly services.

Discussions about the construction are to be continued at the SPUSD school board’s next meeting on Feb. 11.

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