Santa Monica Alternative School House
Exterior view of Santa Monica Alternative School House.
One proposal for altering the campus to include a music stage and outdoor maker/MPR space and more.
Architect's rendering illustrates what a possible outdoor MPR/Maker space could look like.
Modernization project postponed
In June, the district chose to postpone a planned modernization effort that was to begin during summer. The project was to include:
- Air conditioning / heating
- New doors/floors/paint
- Electronic locks
- Fire alarm upgrades
- Accessibility improvements
The postponement was necessary after the project was priced well above what had been estimated and planned. So pursuing the goal of providing the best value for the district, the FIP team is rethinking the project. That could mean changes to the scope and/or the project schedule.
The team will keep this page up to date with developments. For more information, see this statement from Chief Operations Officer Carey Upton.
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
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: We are finishing up a perimeter camera system pilot project at Samohi and will be rolling that out districtwide.
Electronic locks: 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.
In January 2011, a new pedestrian gate was installed which features remote access that allows school staff to control access to the campus from the main office. The system includes a two-way voice communication, keypad to access the school and a video camera that enables staff to recognize visitors at the gate.
The campus was also upgraded to the district’s technology standards, including faster wi-fi access points and Smart Boards in some classrooms.