Refurbish or Rebuild?

Several Opportunities to Share Viewpoints Offered

The South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) School Board will conduct a public hearing during the board meeting on Tuesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. to receive comments about construction related to the South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) old gymnasium building.

Specifically, the Board wants to hear the community’s perspective on repurposing the existing space versus replacing the structure. The future building will be a vibrant addition to the campus and will house a black box theater, instructional space for art classes and a lab for robotics and other STEM programs.

“The Board wants to hear the community’s thoughts about whether to replace or reconfigure this building. As we come to a decision, multiple factors will be taken into account including architectural and engineering considerations, cost, and community input. We will consider all factors as we determine a construction plan for this important instructional space,” said Elisabeth Eilers, SPUSD School Board president.

The structure, originally built as a gymnasium for students on the SPMS campus, has been partially retired for the past several years. Currently, only a portion of the building is being used due to outdated systems and access issues requiring costly updates and improvements. Expected to serve all SPMS students, the future structure may be used for community events as well.

Once the School Board determines direction, planning is expected to last approximately 14 months. Construction could begin as early as fall 2018, with completion expected approximately one year later.

In addition to attending the public hearing at the SPUSD District Office, community members also may express opinions about this project electronically, through a link on the SPUSD website at www.spusd.net under Information & Announcements or by mailing correspondence to SPUSD Superintendent Geoff Yantz, 1020 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, California 91030. All feedback should be shared by Friday, March 18 at 4 p.m. to ensure that it will be considered by the Board.

 

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