Age of LCUSD Schools
All LCUSD schools were built more than 50 years ago and were built for a different era of education when the demands of a 21st Century education in science, math, engineering and technology could not have been imagined. Many school facilities have deteriorating roofs, sewer, plumbing and heating, and ventilation systems, and do not meet our standards for providing a world-class education.
Planning for Upgraded Schools
In 2017, LCUSD partnered with architects and school facility construction experts to conduct a thorough assessment of every classroom, lab and school facility in the District to evaluate the condition and identify needed upgrades. This work resulted in LCUSD’s comprehensive Facility Master Plan that identifies over $250 million in needed repairs, upgrades and improvements to local schools, including:
The First Phase of Improvements: Measure LCF
In November 2017, 71% of voters in La Cañada Flintridge voted to approve Measure LCF, which provided $149 million in locally controlled bond funding to complete the first phase of upgrades to local schools. Improvements funded by Measure LCF include:
Measure LCF Fiscal Accountability
The Measure LCF school facility improvement bond measure approved by local voters in 2017 required strict fiscal accountability protections, including an independent citizens’ oversight committee comprised of LCUSD community members and mandatory annual audits. Since 2017, the reports of LCUSD’s Citizens’ Oversight Committee and independent audits have consistently confirmed that funds have only been spent on voter approved projects and the work has been completed on time and on budget. Reports of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee can be reviewed here.
The Next Phase of Classroom and School Improvements
While some LCUSD schools have been upgraded, others have not. It was always known that Measure LCF funding would not be enough to address all of the upgrades identified in the 2017 Facilities Master Plan. To ensure all students attend class in safe and up-to-date classrooms, LCUSD is now making plans for the next phase of improvements to bring all schools to current health, safety and educational standards.
Funding Remaining School Facility Upgrades
All funds from Measure LCF have been expended or committed and LCUSD is working to identify funding for the next phase of facility improvements to bring all schools up to a similar standard. Because the State of California does not provide dedicated funding for facility improvements, LCUSD must look to local funding sources like the Measure LCF school facilities improvement bond measure to continue the upgrade and repair of local schools. One option the LCUSD Board of Trustees is considering is placing a new school facilities improvement bond measure on the ballot in 2026 for local voters to consider. If approved by at least 55% of voters in La Cañada Flintridge, the measure would provide locally controlled funding to upgrade local schools that cannot be taken away by the State. The same strict fiscal accountability requirements that helped ensure Measure LCF funds were spent properly would be required in a new measure.