• HVAC and Electrical Upgrades

    Posted by Kelcey Davis on 10/11/2021 12:00:00 PM

    Electrical Upgrades
    Electrical service upgrades to support the HVAC upgrades are underway and 90% completed. The indoor units have all been installed.  The main electrical switchgear is installed and the new Wireless Pelican Thermostats are installed campus wide.

     Condensate unit

    A view of the new outdoor condensate units.


    Next Steps
    We are currently waiting to receive all the classroom's outdoor condensate units and install them by mid-October 2021.

    We expect the entire new HVAC system to be operational by early November 2021.



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  • Preparing for Students Return Fall 2021

    Posted by Kelcey Davis on 8/16/2021 7:00:00 AM


    We are excited to upgrades and installation of new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) at Roosevelt. Everything is in process. All indoor HVAC units are expected to be installed by mid-August and we are awaiting the delivery of outdoor units and expect them to be installed by mid-September. The new transformer will take approximately 30-45 days to be delivered due to supply chain issues. Due to unforeseen delays, the HVAC system is expected to be fully running by the beginning of November. In the interim, all rooms have been adjusted to prepare to provide health protective ventilation beginning on the first day of school.

    Security Cameras

    Security cameras have been fully installed, programmed and staff have been trained in the operation of the security system. Security cameras are located around the perimeter of the campus and outdoor areas. They will support increased safety and property management.

    Surface Coatings

    Anti-slip surface coating will be completed on the second-floor walkway at Roosevelt and to the cafeteria lunch area ramp when students return. 


    We are in the process of replacing all of the old classroom furniture with new 21st century furniture that will support flexibility, allow for differing modes of learning and improve student engagement. Roosevelt's new furniture has arrived and has been installed in the classrooms.

    We are looking forward to a great start to the new school year!


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  • Campus Assessments Underway

    Posted by Kelcey Davis on 1/1/2021 8:00:00 AM

    We are in Phase 5 (detailed below) of our Campus Assessment process, which is looking at potential improvements to elementary and middle schools in Santa Monica. The process aligns the instructional programs and school facilities to support student learning and prepare students for further education and future jobs. Meetings to include the community in ideation and planning were held in the spring and fall of 2020

    What is a campus assessment? It is a major step in planning changes to campuses and classrooms to align them with the district’s educational specifications, which were finalized in 2019. The district hired architects to assess nine Santa Monica elementary and middle school campuses. The assessments include taking a deep look into how our campuses currently operate, looking at how they match the ed specs; imagining a future campus that brings the site up to the goals of the ed specs and determining the first projects to be allocated funds from Measure SMS.

    The assessments are also guided by the district's sustainability plan.

    Here's how the assessment and planning cycle works:

    Phase 1: Architectural consultants were hired and began visiting campuses and documenting information such as current classroom space and how it aligns with future-projected needs.

    Phase 2: Based on what they found in Phase 1, architects created possible projects for each campus, ranging from new classroom buildings to outdoor learning gardens to on-site learning kitchens. These were presented to educators, staff and community members for feedback.

    Phase 3: Based on feedback and new information found during Phase 2, architects worked with district staff to refine their plans to include phasing, or a suggested order of projects (for instance, removing portables, relocating parking and then erecting a new classroom building). They also estimated costs for each possible project.

    Phase 4: In the fall of 2020, district staff and architects held meetings with staff and educators and the community to gain valuable insights. 

    Phase 5: After ensuring alignment with educators and community input, district staff is working with the Santa Monica Facility District Advisory Committee to make project recommendations to the Board of Education, which would allocate Measure SMS funding and approve projects to move forward.

    Design would likely begin in January 2021 with construction scheduled to begin in 2022 and 2023 depending on the complexity, movement of the project through the Division of State Architects and ability to schedule the project. 

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