April 17, 2015
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Dr. Mannon at the Walteria ES Adventures in Art Exhibit with PTA President Stacey Launuis and Walteria AIA Chair, Lopsie Schwartz

The first half the school year has been a flurry of activity especially with the passing of Bond Measures T and U in November. Nearly ten years ago, when I began my tenure as the new TUSD superintendent, my long-term goals for our continued academic success and growth included an extensive capital improvement and renovation plan. First with the passage of Measures Y and Z, and now with the approval of T and U, that plan is being fully implemented. The first set of bonds allowed the District to renovate aging facilities and bring them into the 21st century. Nearly two-thirds of the school renovation projects are complete, including the brand new construction of J.H. Hull Middle School and the new classroom buildings at Fern Elementary School. Schools received major facelifts, with brand new windows, better lighting, plumbing upgrades, new floors and ceilings, improved bathroom facilities and much, much more. Measures T and U will allow the District to build an aquatic center, replace dilapidated lockers, increase security, improve playgrounds, build new auditoriums, and enhance safety and security at all school sites. An especially exciting part of the facility improvement projects is the renovations being done to Torrance High School, which was built in 1917. The overhaul at the high school will bring the campus back to its original grandeur, in time for the school’s 100-year anniversary in 2017.

The passage of these bonds is the reflection of the Torrance community’s investment in the educational future of TUSD students and the pride they have in our community schools. I would like to thank all our volunteers who work tirelessly to support our schools and helped us pass Measures, Y and Z, T and U. Your contributions are priceless and will benefit many generations of TUSD students. 




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