Roosevelt High Slated for $137M In Facility Funds

By EGP Staff Report

The Los Angeles Unified School Board last week approved a $600 million investment in modernization projects at five District schools.

Theodore Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights will receive upwards of $137 million to construct new classrooms, gymnasium, auditorium and lunch shelter, according to the office of School Board Member Monica García.

The funds are aimed at large-scale modernization projects to support student learning, according to García.

“We love Boyle Heights and we stand with our students,” García told her fellow board members, urging them to approve the funding.

“We must repair and restore the campus that is the heartbeat of our community and honor the transformation that happens at Roosevelt High School.”

For years, Roosevelt was one of the district’s most overcrowded campuses — close to 5,000 students attending classes on year-round multi-track schedules at a campus built to accommodate 2,500 students.

The building of nearby Esteban Torres High School and the opening of several new charter schools has reduced overcrowding, but deteriorating and outdated infrastructure has continued to be an issue for the school, where over 90 percent of students quality for free or reduced-lunches, often considered in indicator of poverty.

At a recent town hall meeting at the campus, students called on LAUSD to include a Community Wellness Center in its upgrade and modernization plan.

Students said an on-campus health center would increase student attendance by making it possible for students to get the care they need without being forced to miss an entire day of classes for routine physicals, minor illnesses, injuries or dental appointments.

They also called on the district to open the facility to students’ families and the surrounding community.

Several students and community activists spoke during public comment, urging board members to approve funding for the upgrades.

“We hope to see Roosevelt and all schools in the Eastside equipped with support systems that meet our needs as students and community members,” said Brandy Vargas, a youth leader from Roosevelt.

“A comprehensive wellness center is needed,” Esthefanie Solano, Roosevelt alumni and organizer with InnerCity Struggle told the school board.

Increasing student performance will require “a comprehensive lens,” said Iliana Garcia, a community wellness organizer with Promesa Boyle Heights. “A wellness center will help increase student achievement.”

Also weighing in was Joan Sullivan, CEO for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, which runs Roosevelt and several other LAUSD schools. “This decision to advance the modernization project at Roosevelt campus is a reinforcement of the board’s commitment to the long-term academic success of our students at Roosevelt High School and the Math, Science and Technology Magnet Academy,” said Sullivan. “We are grateful to Board Member García for her leadership in this effort and for her relentless pursuit in bringing a state-of-the-art facility to the Boyle Heights community.”

Local District East Superintendent Jose Huerta told board members he has personally experienced the positive impact modern facilities have on student achievement, calling Roosevelt’s modernization project “an investment in our students, our school, and our community.”

“The proposed enhancements will ensure that our students have an opportunity to engage in 21st century learning with the modern technology and facilities that they deserve,” Huerta said.

Next steps include planning, designing and construction with many meaningful forums for community input, according to García. The Roosevelt High School comprehensive modernization project is scheduled to be completed on or before the 100th year anniversary.

“We are grateful to Board Member García for her leadership in this effort and for her relentless pursuit in bringing a state-of-the-art facility to the Boyle Heights community,” Sullivan said.

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