Focus on Alta Loma Junior High School: Modernization Projects Make School “Like New”
Thanks to community support for the $58 million Measure H general obligation bond, all 10 schools in the Alta Loma School District have already been upgraded with new electronic door locking systems, increased internet bandwidth over a new wireless network, and advanced voice-over protocol phone systems. Playgrounds at the elementary schools also have been refurbished
Other projects have been completed or are in progress at various schools, including new signage, fencing, painting, flooring, wall coverings, lunch tables, lighting and cabinetry. There also have been parking lot, electrical, plumbing, kitchen and restroom improvements and roof repairs.
Shortly after construction began on the 11,500-square-foot permanent classroom building at Deer Canyon Elementary School, and a new lunch shade structure was completed at Victoria Groves Elementary School, the board set its sights on the district’s two junior high schools, where students at the eight elementary schools will eventually attend.
“We aren’t constructing new buildings at the junior high schools, but the renovations make the rooms seem like they are brand new,” said ALSD Superintendent James Moore. “The upgrades so far are remarkable.”
The first of five renovation or modernization phases at Alta Loma Junior High School was completed during the summer with electives building 300. The second-phase 400 building, consisting primarily of eighth grade classrooms, is expected to be completed this month.
“It is exciting to watch the learning environments being upgraded and modernized,” said Michele Raichelles, principal of Alta Loma Junior High. “Learning at ALJH has momentum and the fresh rooms match the energy. I feel lucky to be part of the transformation of the campus and part of the team.”
Work on the 500 and 700 buildings, media tech room, weight room and classrooms is scheduled during the third phase, which is scheduled to be completed by spring break in late March.
The fourth and fifth phases will complete the classrooms and will culminate before next school year, said Raichelles.
Classroom renovations will include new heating and air condition, fire alarms, carpeting, wall tack boards, cabinetry and bookcases, whiteboards, projectors, wall-mounted LCD monitors, classroom furniture and lighting, including solar sky lights. In addition, all restrooms will be renovated.
Information about the ALSD’s Measure H-funded projects and plans can be viewed on the district’s citizens bond oversight committee report at http://bit.ly/2MaxM3a.