McKinley Elementary School
What’s next: Planning future projects
Architects and district staff are working to envision possible projects to improve the campus to help prepare for the ways children will learn in and help prepare students for 21st century jobs.
In June, an online community meeting was held, during which the campus assessment, which includes proposed changes to campus, was presented.
Based on feedback from that meeting and meetings with educators, administrators and staff, architects are fine tuning the proposals, estimating costs and proposing the order in which projects would be done. Chosen projects would be funded by bonds from Measure SMS, passed by voters in 2018.
Another meeting will be held in September. When it’s available, you’ll be able to find the meeting schedule at the campus assessment page. You’ll also be able to learn more about the campus assessment process itself.
Safety and security projects
Visitor verification: If you’re a parent, you’ve likely seen the visitor verification system now in use across the district. It helps staff know who people are and who is on campus.
Cameras: The district is finishing a perimeter camera system pilot project at Samohi and will be rolling that out districtwide.
Electronic locks are coming: The locks mentioned above will not only allow doors to be secured remotely in an emergency, it also allows keycard access that can be more easily managed than dozens of keys.
Earthquake shut-off valve: In a significant seismic event, this device, installed in 2019, shuts down natural gas supply to the campus, reducing the risk of fire.
Campus-wide new fire alarm system: Includes voice evacuation commands, which can reduce panic in an emergency. Completed in 2020.
Previous improvement projects
In the main building, the district installed:
- New flooring and doors.
- New air conditioning and heating equipment.
- New windows on the second floor, which also received a modernized hallway.
In the childcare / kindergarten portables, the district:
- Replaced outdated plumbing with fixtures that use less water
- Replaced the low-height toilets with a taller, standard size.
In the cafeteria, the district installed:
- New HVAC equipment
- New paint on the walls
- New doors with vision glass
The classrooms (107-210) gained:
- Air conditioning
- New paint and flooring
- New doors with vision glass
- New bookcases
- Stairs were replaced with ramps, improving accessibility
The kindergarten saw these improvements:
- Classrooms were remodeled to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act
- New restroom exhaust fans were installed to vent odors and humidity to the outside
Main entrance and courtyard: A project completed in 2012 reconfigured the school’s main entrance, main office and front entry restroom. It improved supervision at the main entry and made the office more welcoming to visitors.
Outdoor improvements included the construction of an inviting courtyard filled with planters and built-in bench seating at the front entry. Restrooms were also reconfigured to allow student use from the interior courtyard.
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