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LAUSD Celebrates History-Making School Ribbon-Cutting In South Gate

LAUSD Students, Parents, Community and Elected Officials to Commemorate Completion of 3-School Complex, Including First New High School in the Area in 73 Years

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) School Board Member David Tokofsky, Congressmember Linda T. Sanchez, Assemblymember Hector De La Torre, South Gate Mayor Greg Martinez, South Gate Vice-Mayor Maria Davilla and other local officials today joined students, teachers and parents to celebrate the completion of Southeast Middle School, South East High School and Southeast Area New Continuation High School #1.

"This site and the schools that are built on it represent the keystone of the district's entire construction program," said Tokofsky. "It is changing the 20th century car factory-type school into the 21st century learning center. On behalf of the community I am thrilled to see this vision realized."

The three new schools in the South Gate complex include:

South East High School

This new high school will open for students on September 6, 2005 on a traditional calendar and will provide 2,700 new high school seats. The high school relieves severe overcrowding at South Gate, Huntington Park and Bell high schools. Campus features include a library, student store, health office, food service, cafeteria, auditorium, gymnasium, swimming pool, sports fields and administration offices. This new campus allows South Gate High School, built in 1932, to return to a traditional calendar after more than two decades of year-round operations because of severe overcrowding.

Southeast Middle School

Southeast Area New Middle School #3 opened on September 9, 2004, and was the first new middle school to open in South Gate in 63 years. The new school opened on a traditional, 180-day calendar and provides 1,512 seats. The school relieves severe overcrowding at the largest urban school in the country, South Gate Middle School, where busing of more than 300 students has been eliminated, and the traditional school calendar restored. An International Studies Learning Center (ISLC) on the same campus provides a small learning community for middle school students, and will expand to 6-12th grades when the South East High School opens on September 6, 2005. The ISLC curriculum emphasizes study of Asia and international trade.

Southeast Area New Continuation High School #1

This school is located adjacent to the new high school and will provide 162 high school seats in a smaller, more personalized environment.

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