Back-to-School: LAUSD Celebrates New School Year

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 13, 2013)  – On August 13, members of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. John E. Deasy, officials and special guests celebrated the first day of instruction for schools operating on a traditional, two-semester calendar. 

The morning started early at the Dr. Sammy Lee Medical and Health Sciences Magnet Elementary School, a new school in Los Angeles. Officials later joined students, parents and communities to kickoff the school year at various other campuses throughout the day.

“I am honored to celebrate the opening of one new school today, and humbled by the opportunity to enhance our students’ facilities and access to education,” LAUSD Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic said. “Good things are going to happen this year and the excitement and the energy on the first day of school reminds us that our students and our schools deserve nothing but our best efforts.”

“As with every new school year, we continue to recognize the potential of every student,” Deasy said. “We have come a long way in achieving our highest graduation rates in history, seeing a dramatic upswing in the number of students taking the Advanced Placement exam, and reducing suspensions by a record amount.” Deasy added, “The Common Core Technology Project will also support student achievement and learning of the new Common Core State Standards, as well as the knowledge and 21st century skills needed for students to graduate college-and career-ready.”

“I am excited to celebrate the new school year,” LAUSD Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte said. “New schools and modernization projects generate a great deal of excitement and pride within their communities.  We are excited about the new magnets schools opening at Crenshaw High School. We are also proud of the Dorsey High School Redevelopment Project. It means a great deal, not only to the community and our LAUSD family, but also to the students who attend and have graduated from this school.”

“We welcome our students, parents and employees to this new school year with enthusiasm and sights set on achievement and graduation for all!” said Board Member Mónica García, representative for communities stretching from East Los Angeles through Koreatown. “We are especially excited to welcome the school families of Dr. Sammy Lee Medical and Health Sciences Magnet Elementary, the amazing re-opening of the new 9th Street Span School with Para Los Niños and the partnership with Camino Nuevo Charter Academy at Central Los Angeles High School #12!  School is in session and we have much work to do as we embrace change and continued transformation at LAUSD!”
“With the start of another exciting school year, it brings me great pleasure to open schools and celebrate completed modernization projects, like the auditorium at Eagle Rock High School,” LAUSD Board Member Bennett Kayser said.  “These facilities represent the commitment the LAUSD has made to the students, parents, teachers, administrators and members of this community.” 

New Board Member Monica Ratliff, a former elementary school teacher, said, “Our teachers are ready to help our students do their best, and excel academically. The start of a new school year, an exciting time, is filled with promise.”

LAUSD’s $19.5 billion New School Construction and Modernization Program provides safe and healthy neighborhood schools. To date, the District has completed 130 new schools and approximately 23,000 modernization projects. For more information, please visit

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Photo: Superintendent John Deasy and Dr. Helen Kim, principal of Dr. Sammy Lee Medical and Health Science Elementary Magnet School.