SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Dr. John Deasy, 450-8338, ext. 241

Wally Berriman, 310-450-8338, ext. 325

For Immediate Release

May 10, 2004

MASSIVE SIX-YEAR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION

AND MODERNIZATION PROJECTS COMPLETED

The School District reaped the rewards of a significant savings as the six-year school construction and modernization projects came to a close under budget. The Board of Education received the final budget report on the status of the Proposition X school construction projects at its Board meeting of May 7, 2004. A litany of accolades and congratulations punctuated the presentation on the remarkable final status report of this project.

School District Chief Financial Officer, Ken Bailey and Director of Facilities Management, Wally Berriman delivered the good news on the accomplishments of the project. The project launched with the passage of School Bond Proposition X in November 1998 was headed for real difficulties by 2000. The energetic team of the new Superintendent, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Facilities Management took the reins, redirected the project and worked with Jacobs to dramatically alter the project.

Today, the Board celebrated the following completed projects:

160+ new classrooms placed into operation;

New competition gymnasium;

New cafetorium;

2 new softball fields;

New baseball field;

New competition pool;

New track and field complex;

New Greek Theater; and

Transformation of the learning environment through the modernization of all classrooms.



Highlights of the Proposition X program include:



Santa Monica High School

Barnum Hall Restoration

8 classroom addition to the Language Building

New Music Building



Malibu High School

New classroom building

New gymnasium

Conversion of Cafetorium into an auditorium with orchestra pit

New Track and Field Complex



John Adams Middle School

Cafeteria renovation

Auditorium renovation



Lincoln Middle School

Pool renovation

and new classrooms, play fields, walking paths, recreation support buildings, and playground equipment at various elementary school sites.

The entire project was accomplished with funds remaining. All monies transferred from the District's deferred maintenance and developer fees have been returned in full. Budgets remain which allow the District to consider the two final projects which were delayed until a final budget was presented.

The diligent work of the Proposition X oversight committee was critical to the team and District success.

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SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

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