LAUSD approves improvement and development of athletic facilities
The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education on June 22 approved creation of a program to modernize, upgrade or develop athletic facilities at high schools across Los Angeles Unified using revenue from voter-approved Measure RR.
Under the resolution, district staff will return in 90 days with a plan for selecting and funding the projects. The resolution also indicates the need for the program to consider and address the specific needs of LGBTQ+ students and students with disabilities. The board is also seeking potential partners to help fund the projects.
Measure RR, which was approved by 71% of voters in 2021, provides $7 billion to upgrade, modernize and replace aging and deteriorating public school facilities, update technology and address inequities in school facilities.
Los Angeles Unified fields 2,074 teams across 88 high schools, according to the latest count. But many schools have athletic facilities deemed inadequate, undersized or outdated for competitive sports. More than six out of 10 high school programs have at least one team that uses off-campus facilities. Overall, roughly 100 teams play their home games away from campus.
“Outdoor activity and sports programming is an important part of promoting health and fitness for our students,” said board Vice President Nick Melvoin, 4th District. “I’m proud to support this resolution to ensure that all of LA Unified’s student athletes have equitable access to the athletic facilities and resources they need to compete and succeed.”