LAUSD Celebrates $16 Million Investment at Solano Avenue Elementary School

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 18, 2015) - Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials today joined students, parents, guardians, community members and special guests to cut the ribbon on the redevelopment project at Solano Avenue Elementary School.
“Congratulations to the amazing community of learners at Solano Elementary School! Every investment in our schools is an investment in our students,” said LAUSD Board Member Mónica García. “Solano is a special school that is leading the modernization program at LAUSD. We are building great schools for students, families, and our community on our way to 100 percent graduation.”
The redevelopment project includes the following:

• New three-story classroom and administration building.
• A new bridge and elevator tower that connects the new building.
• New playground for elementary students.
• New playground for Kindergarten students.
• New parking lot.

“We are so pleased to have this new wing at Solano. For the first time in at least twenty years, our kindergarten students have a designated play area to use,” said Solano Avenue Elementary School Principal William Bertrand. “Additionally, our students no longer have to cross a street to access the office or nurse's office. But by far the greatest gift we have received is that we will no longer have to turn away a disabled student as our campus is now accessible to everyone.”

“We are proud of the redevelopment project recently completed at Solano Avenue Elementary School, and especially proud to have worked with the parents and community,” said LAUSD Chief Facilities Executive Mark Hovatter. “Modernizing schools can be very challenging, but thanks to the constructive input gathered at our community meetings, we were able to really use the knowledge gathered to ensure the campus improvements met the needs of the students, staff, parents and community.”