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LAUSD breaks ground on south region elementary school #2

(Los Angeles, CA) – Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials and community members today broke ground on South Region Elementary School #2, located near the intersection of 74th Street and Central Avenue.

“A new elementary school in the community of Florence-Firestone will bring positive returns for students for generations to come,” LAUSD Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic said. “One of the most important investments we can make for education in this neighborhood and across the District is to ensure our students have access to adequate school housing.”

South Region Elementary School #2 is scheduled to open in time for the 2010-2011 school year and will provide overcrowding relief to nearby Miramonte, Parmelee, McKinley and 66th Street elementary schools.

“What a wonderful thing when we are able to make this world a better place for our children,” Florence-Firestone Chamber of Commerce President Lorna Johnson said. “We look forward to this new school opening in two years.”

The 1,050-seat campus will include classrooms, a library, multi-purpose room, food service area and lunch shelter, administration offices, playfields and underground parking.

“It is exciting to break ground on a school that is going have a substantial, positive impact on nearby neighborhood schools by relieving them of overcrowded conditions,” LAUSD Acting Chief Facilities Executive for New Construction Fred Smith said.

South Region Elementary School #2 is part of the LAUSD’s $12.6 billion school construction program to build 132 schools by 2012. The program is designed to provide a neighborhood school on a traditional calendar for every student eliminate involuntary busing and create small learning communities in secondary schools. To date, LAUSD has completed 72 new schools and 59 additions, providing more than 74,000 new classroom seats for students throughout the District.

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