Lincoln Middle School
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 and heating upgrades throughout campus.
- Window, paint, floor and door improvements in the 300s building
- Accessibility upgrades, including a new elevator.
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 May, 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 to come: We are finishing up a perimeter camera system pilot project at Samohi and will be rolling that out districtwide.
Electronic locks on the way: Electronic locks will allow key card access to campus and rooms. It allows all doors to be locked remotely and allows easy management of room access on an as-needed basis.
Earthquake safety valves: These valves, installed in 2019, shut off the natural gas supply to the campus in the event of a large enough seismic event. It reduces the risk of fire, one of the top post-earthquake safety risks.
New track and field surfaces
The replacement of the track and field surfaces, lighting and restrooms, which the school shares with the community, was completed in 2018.
New library and classrooms
Between 2011 and 2014, the district replaced the former Building C with a new, two-story library and classrooms building that includes a chorus room, six standard classrooms, two science labs, a shared prep room, two sets of restrooms and the gleaming front entrance on 14th Street.
The technology in the building was also upgraded to the district's standards, including:
- Projector and screen
- Document camera
- DVD player
- Sound system with a wireless microphone.
- High speed internet and campus-wide Wi-Fi.