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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Measure BB-Funded Projects Starting at Malibu Campuses

By Julie Fulmer Wallach

Progress is being made on Malibu school campuses as a result of Measure BB, a bond measure passed in 2006 to improve campuses districtwide in the amount of $268 million.
Thus far, Malibu middle and high schools have begun or are scheduled to begin construction on upgrading their fire alarm systems, water service upgrades and soil abatement.
Construction on three new science labs and two computer labs are scheduled to begin next year, along with ten classroom renovations.
Additional funding will be needed to begin a traffic improvement project. Federal grant money will be needed to start the project. According to Janie Buelow, communications coordinator for facility improvement projects said, “The district has allocated money toward the project from Measure BB funds, but additional funding is needed to complete all of the scope. Additional funds are being requested through a government grant (Federal Highway Improvement Safety Project).
Point Dume Marine Science Elementary has called for bids to demolish existing gas lines and associated furnaces.
Webster Elementary’s construction on new fire alarm and telephone systems began two months early, and wireless Internet service was installed throughout the campus. Designs for new perimeter fencing are in progress, and construction on a new parking lot and student drop off area will begin next year.
Juan Cabrillo Elementary will receive a new school entrance to make it more identifiable, along with a new main gate. The school will receive a new kindergarten play yard and expanded outdoor space.

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