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LAUSD Breaks Ground on New Middle School in Walnut Park

For Immediate Release

Contact:                                                                                                     June 11, 2010
Shannon Haber: 213.241.4575

LAUSD BREAKS GROUND ON NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL IN WALNUT PARK

(Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Vice President Yolie Flores joined elected officials, the community and special guests yesterday to break ground on South Region Middle School #3.  

“I am delighted to celebrate this grand investment in Walnut Park, so close to my childhood home. I grew up just a few streets from here,” Board Vice President Flores said. “This site will house a beautiful and green, state of the art school, with Spanish colonial architecture that honors and celebrates an earlier era in Walnut Park,” Board Vice President Flores continued. 

“While the LAUSD has become expert in constructing high quality facilities for our students to learn in, I ask that you also demand and hold us accountable for providing a world class education for all our students. This will help ensure that the future students of this new school get the best opportunity for success. It is why we are building these new schools, and it is what the students of Walnut Park deserve.” 

The new school, located in Walnut Park, will provide overcrowding relief to Gage, Southeast and South Gate middle schools, and is scheduled to open for the 2012-2013 school year.  

“I am very excited about the construction of this new school.  It represents the commitment of our community to ensure that every student gets the best education possible,” Local District 6 Superintendent Martin Galindo said.  

The 1026-seat middle school spans 5.38 acres and will consist of two Small Learning Communities, each including classrooms, science labs, a lunch shelter and administration offices.  Shared campus facilities will include performing arts classrooms, a multipurpose room, a gymnasium, food service, playfields, administration support services and a parking structure.

Designed to reflect the latest “green” building standards, the new middle school will exceed the environmental standards set by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools by incorporating high efficiency lighting and air conditioning systems, extensive use of day lighting and other sustainable features.  

“South Region Middle School #3 will provide a safe and healthy neighborhood school for years to come,” LAUSD Director of Construction Neil Gamble said. 

South Region Middle School #3 is part of the LAUSD’s $19.5 Billion New School Construction and Modernization Program.  The goal of this program is to provide every student with the opportunity to attend a safe and healthy neighborhood school operating on a traditional, two-semester calendar.  For more information, please visit www.laschools.org. 

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