Roosevelt High School $173 Million Modernization Project Clears Another Regulatory Hurdle

LOS ANGELES – After nearly three years of extensive work developing a project to comprehensively modernize the Roosevelt High School campus, the Los Angeles Board of Education today certified the Final Environmental Impact Report and approved the proposed project. The project is part of L.A. Unified’s efforts to make significant improvements to aging and outdated schools, and begin to provide equity between newer and older campuses.

“For more than 50 years, students, families, and community have demanded a high-quality education for all on the path toward graduation,” said L.A. Unified School Board President Mónica García. “This includes facilities, and we are proud of every student, family, educator, community partner and taxpayer that continues to invest in our campuses, and our movement toward 100 percent graduation.”

“To support the present with a look to the future is the best way to honor the past,” said Maria Brenes, executive director of InnerCity Struggle. “The fighting spirit of Roosevelt is a source of community pride. The students’ and parents’ right to a quality school facility is long-overdue, and we applaud the school board’s action to move this project forward.”

To reach this point, seismic studies, historic evaluations, environmental reviews, as well as site, structural and infrastructure analyses were conducted. An extensive community engagement effort also was undertaken, and various project alternatives were studied at length. Today’s actions will provide Roosevelt High School students with safe, up-to-date buildings that support 21st century learning, and campus features that honor the rich, diverse culture and history of the school, including the 1968 walkouts.

Extensive community engagement will continue throughout the project to ensure school and community stakeholders remain informed until the anticipated completion of the project in 2022. The District thanks all partners inside and outside of the L.A. Unified for their participation.

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Contact: Isidro Armenta (213) 241-6180 or Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766