Will Rogers Learning Community

  • Exterior view of Will Rogers Learning Community

    Illustration of a proposed outdoor classroom for Will Rogers Learning Community

    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: We are finishing up a perimeter camera system pilot project at Samohi and will be rolling that out districtwide.

    Electronic locks: This coming project will not only allow doors to be secured remotely in an emergency, but also allows keycard access that can be more easily managed than dozens of keys.

    Earthquake shut-off valve: In a significant seismic event, this shuts down natural gas supply to the campus, reducing the risk of fire. Completed in 2019.

    Modernization and other completed projects

    In 2018, the district completed a round of modernization updates on the Rogers campus, including:

    • New paint in all interiors and on exterior trim
    • New doors
    • New flooring in most interior spaces
    • New windows
    • Repairs to air conditioning units in the portable classrooms

    Former church property: The district acquired the site at 16th and Maple in 2019 and improved it to allow swing-space parking during construction of the new John Adams Middle School Performing Arts Center. The long-term use of the property is being planned.

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