Message from Superintendent
Dr. George Mannon
Modernizing the Learning Environment
Ten years ago, Torrance residents voted to invest in the future of every Torrance Unified student by approving Measures Y and Z. The voters’ investment in these extensive capital improvement and renovation projects not only modernized our aging facilities, but modernized school site learning environments. As we enter the last phase of Measures Y and Z, we are proud that together we have been able to improve academic outcomes by enhancing our teaching and learning spaces.
But Torrance parents and residents wanted more for our students, and approved Measure T and U in 2014. These set of bond measures provide funding for elementary science labs and to rennovate playgrounds, for middle school gyms, and high school auditoriums. These dedicated spaces provide students the opportunity to strengthen their academic skills and expand their learning experiences. Additionally, Measure T provides for technology upgrades in five-year intervals, with computers and other equipment leased rather than purchased so that students and teachers have access to current programs and systems.
Recently the District celebrated the first major project built by Bond Measure T and U dollars, the brand new, world-class, Torrance Unified aquatic center. A dedicated facility for our four high school aquatics teams to practice and compete.
A top priority for our parents, the Board of Education, administrators, faculty and staff is student safety. Part of the Bond Measures T and U went to enhance safety and security at all school sites. A state-of-the-art security and surveillance camera system was installed at all TUSD schools. We upgraded fencing to help secure school perimeters. The next step is to install a physical access control entry system at the schools, which will lock main gates once the morning bell rings and visitors will have to be given access via a video intercom.
The impact of modern schools is transformative for all stakeholders. Revitalized schools are a source of pride not only for the students but for the entire community. Measures Y, Z, T and U will continue to provide our current and future students with facilities in which they will have many opportunities to thrive.