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LAUSD Cuts Ribbon on Panorama High School

For Immediate Release
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(Los Angeles) - Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Member Julie Korenstein 
joined with other officials, students, parents and community members to participate in a ribbon-
cutting ceremony for Panorama High School.  The school opening provides new opportunities 
for civic involvement in the area and is an important step towards delivering a two-semester 
calendar, small learning communities and modernized facilities for every student. 

Panorama High School, which opened in October, is helping to relieve overcrowding at Monroe, 
Van Nuys and Birmingham High Schools. The new capacity created by Panorama High School 
allowed Van Nuys and Birmingham High Schools to return to traditional calendars.  In total, four 
new LAUSD schools opened in the Valley this year, three new high schools and a K-8 span 
school.  Two more are currently under construction in the Valley, with another 22 planned.

"This school is a welcome and much needed addition to the Valley," said Board Member 
Korenstein.  "Its positive impact will continue to be felt for generations to come."

The school's rigorous college prep curriculum is organized by grade level academies, and offers 
foreign language and performing arts electives. Extensive athletic facilities allow for the 
development of a strong athletic program.  Teachers, students and school administrators benefit 
from the support of the Panorama Neighborhood Council and the active interest of parents in 
the surrounding community.  

"This school greatly expands our ability to deliver a focused and competitive secondary 
education," said Superintendent Roy Romer. "I am pleased to see the positive impact of this 
instructional environment in Panorama High students."

"The opening of Panorama High School brings much-needed school capacity to one of the most 
overcrowded neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley," said Guy Mehula, Chief Facilities 
Executive.  "This school is a key component of the plan to return students to two-semester, 
neighborhood schools in this area."

The 18.22 acre site is comprised of three four story classroom buildings, which include a semi-
public library, teacher workrooms and administrative offices.  Also on site is a food 
service/physical education complex, which houses a community center, gymnasium, athletic 
facilities, and an outdoor competitive swimming pool.  Basketball, tennis and handball courts are 
located atop the parking structure, and the school's assorted athletic fields total ten acres. 

The LAUSD opened 13 new schools this year, eliminating involuntary busing for elementary 
school students and returning 31 schools to a 180-day, full-year calendar. Panorama High 
School is part of the LAUSD's $19.3 billion school construction program to build more than 150 
schools by 2012.   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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