At California High School, a new shade structure for the main quad has been installed, providing students with a much needed respite from the sun. The canvas shade stretched across a steel frame is very similar to one that was also installed at La Serna High School. All of the schools now have shade structures designed to address open areas where students gather.
In addition, Cal High’s old science buildings – DD, F and I – are being remodeled, starting with Building DD and I, which currently are under construction. The modernized classrooms will include new ceilings, lights, heating and air conditioning
as well as new cabinets, counters, lab tables, wiring and Internet access. All of the general science classrooms are expected to be remodeled by April 2013.
Work also continues on the remodeling of classrooms and restrooms in Cal High’s large gym and is expected to be completed soon. Air conditioning will be installed by Jan. 2013. Plans are also in the works to remodel the entrance to the gym off the Hawes Street student parking lot. The new entrance will feature ramps for better access for the disabled, new benches, planters and lighting.
At La Serna High School, a new Physical Education classroom building on the upper athletic field level is under construction. The building will feature a new weight room and two restroom buildings on the field level with built-in storage for athletics after school. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.
In addition, pavers have been installed in an area near the small gym for improved walking access and to reduce mud and dust. The project includes improved access for the disabled.
Pioneer High School will soon begin the District’s first major solar power program. Solar panels have been installed on the roof of the locker room building and will provide 30 kilowatts of electricity. During the winter, the solar panels will provide one-third of the school’s electricity and 20 to 25 percent of its power in the summer. The cost savings will be significant because the school will be reducing the need for electricity during the summer’s peak demand times.
Frontier, Santa Fe, and Whittier high schools now benefit from the campus-wide installation of upgraded classroom audio/video systems. The new systems provide such technological features as the ability to link the teacher’s computer to the classroom’s overhead projector. These systems have already been installed at California and Pioneer high schools. La Serna’s new system is in design.
At Santa Fe High School, construction has begun to modernize the school’s science building Y. The project includes updating the building’s four general science classrooms and is expected to be completed in spring 2013. Designs are also in the works to remodel the school’s administrative buildings and its library.
Modernization of Whittier High School’s athletic fields is underway. The project includes installation of an all-weather track as well as new football, soccer, softball and baseball fields.
All new bleachers will be installed on the fields, providing plentiful seating for spectators. New dugouts and protective cages also will be added. New irrigation systems for the fields will be put in as well. The athletic fields will have more useable space as a result of the work that will be done. The project is expected to be completed in by the end of 2012.
The next big project for Whittier High will be the design and installation of air conditioning systems for the school’s gymnasium and the Vic Lopez Auditorium in 2013.
Modernization projects across Whittier Union’s campuses are made possible through funds from Bond Measure W which voters overwhelmingly approved in 2008 for the sole purpose of improving campus facilities.