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LAUSD Cuts Ribbon on Maywood Academy

For Immediate Release
Contact:                                                                                          	October 16, 2006
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LAUSD CUTS RIBBON ON MAYWOOD ACADEMY
Campus is highlighted as showcase school for energy-efficient design

(Los Angeles) - Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Member David Tokofsky, 
Superintendent Roy Romer and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard joined with the Mayor Pro-Tem of 
the City of Maywood, students, parents and community members to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for 
Maywood Academy High School.  The cutting-edge campus design features environmentally-sustainable 
features that earned its recognition as a showcase school by the Collaborative for High Performance 
Schools.

"This extraordinary high school offers students a range of rich educational opportunities in a safe and 
attractive setting," said Superintendent Roy Romer.  "We are excited about the way these new schools 
are changing the lives of students throughout the District."

Maywood Academy High School enables students to attend one of four small learning academies: Visual 
and Performing Arts; Television, Radio and Film Production; Architecture and Design and Information 
Technology.  The small learning communities are designed to promote individualized learning 
experiences and collaboration between teachers, students and parents.  The curriculum is enhanced by 
a full athletic program consisting of Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, 
Swimming, Volleyball teams.

"This new school is absolutely beautiful!" said Board Member David Tokofsky. "It is another example of 
how the District is providing excellent facilities to the Southeast cities."

The school, which opened its doors September 5, will serve 1,215 students from Maywood and 
Huntington Park, and relieves overcrowding at Bell and Huntington Park High Schools.  The nine-acre 
campus consists of five structures, three multi-story buildings, an auditorium and a gymnasium. 
Classrooms are located on upper stories with administration, library and food service on the first floor.  
There is also a swimming pool, soccer field, softball field and basketball courts. On-site parking is 
available for staff and faculty.  

The LAUSD and the City of Maywood are in the preliminary stages of negotiating a joint use agreement 
whereby the City would lease the swimming pool and athletic fields for community use.  The LAUSD 
Board of Education has set aside $60 million in bond funds to support and encourage joint-use programs 
with school campuses.  The funds are intended to attract and leverage resources from other civic groups 
and/or agencies to provide additional facility resources to surrounding communities.

The LAUSD has selected Maywood Academy as a showcase school demonstrating the ability of an 
environmentally-sustainable design to create a better learning environment for students and staff. During 
the ceremony, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools presented a plaque recognizing the 
school's use of green building principles to promote energy and water efficiency and minimize 
maintenance and operation costs.  

"Maywood Academy represents the high quality of the facilities we are providing to our students," said 
Guy Mehula, Chief Facilities Executive.  "This school will enhance the community from an educational, 
environmental and recreational perspective."

Maywood Academy is one of 5 new high schools opened this fall as part of the LAUSD's $19.3 billion 
school construction and modernization program.  The LAUSD will build 150 schools by 2012, providing a 
neighborhood school on a traditional calendar for every student, eliminating involuntary bussing and 
creating small learning communities in every high school.   By the end of 2006, the LAUSD will have 
opened 65 new schools, completed 44 additions, and opened 22 Early Education Centers.  

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