Issues at John Burroughs Middle School impact neighborhood
Re “Burroughs’ modernization ushers in a new era,” Aug. 26 issue
Currently serving 1,471 middle school students, LAUSD is expanding the John Burroughs Middle School site to accommodate 1,800, despite data showing a pre-pandemic 5.4% drop in the total district middle school population and [there being] five underutilized LAUSD middle schools within three miles of John Burroughs.
LAUSD did not work with homeowners and has ignored the majority of our concerns about how the modernization plan will further adversely impact the environment, the well-being of the local community, as well as greater Los Angeles.
Traffic with resultant air pollution has negatively impacted the communities of Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Brookside and communities on their periphery. Noise, litter and automobile accidents have increased, directly related to the excessive number of students on site, as well as the staff support for that number of students. According to presentations to our community, LAUSD representatives have told us that students currently attending John Burroughs come from over 64 different zip codes, numerous students are driven greater than five miles and on most days, parents are sitting in the drop off or pick up lanes, idling their cars for between 30-35 minutes, and on some days, 45 minutes.
How many students at John Burroughs live a short walk to one of those five middle schools in our local vicinity? Wouldn’t it be healthier for those students, as well as the environment, for them to walk to those schools instead of driving to John Burroughs?