Measure S Progress at Eureka City Schools
- Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
In November of 2014, voters within the boundaries of Eureka City Schools (ECS) showed their support for the next generation of Eureka by passing Measure S, a $49.75 million dollar bond. Since the passage, ECS has been working hard to put those dollars to work, including looking to Sacramento for matching funds to help the bond dollars go further.
When Measure S was placed on the ballot, ECS had a list of projects we said would be addressed. We are on track to complete the list of projects and wanted to provide an update on our progress, including projects that have been finalized and those we have started or are close to starting.
The Lincoln campus modernization was completed in three phases over the past four years. The third phase, made possible by Measure S, was concluded last fall. This phase included the modernization of several classrooms, the cafeteria and the kitchen. The former elementary school kitchen was updated and designed to be used by our Food Services Department and as a commercial kitchen for our Culinary Arts program at Zoe Barnum High School. The Lincoln campus currently houses Zoe Barnum High School, the Center for Independent Study, Home and Hospital, the Family Resource Center, and several programs for our students with special needs.
On the Alice Birney Elementary School campus, we completed a three-classroom addition, which was accomplished using local Measure S funding and matching State funds. We are currently working on the modernization of the front office and nurse’s office. The student drop-off locations for buses and parents, a project partially funded by a grant, is also in progress. Finally, we will be modernizing several student restrooms.
The Winzler Children’s Center, located behind WinCo Foods and across Henderson Street, now has five modernized classrooms and a new playground structure installed. This facility houses our preschool program, including a classroom for preschool students with disabilities. The students and teachers are excited to use these updated classrooms and the new playground.
On the Winship Middle School campus, we completed the rebuilding and dry rot repair of the south wall of the gymnasium. Work is in progress to build a greenhouse and shade structure, enhancing Winship’s focus on agriculture and natural resources.
At Zane Middle School, we completed the conversion of the former woodshop classroom into a robotics and engineering classroom. The students have been taking advantage of this opportunity for two years now and the feedback from students is positive. The second project on this site is the S Street crossing. In an effort to keep students safe while crossing S Street, we are creating a new entrance to the campus at the edge of the crosswalk. Currently, many students dart across S Street to enter the campus at the lower entrance off S Street. This project will close this entrance and create a new ADA accessible walking entrance onto the campus.
On the Lafayette Elementary School campus, we are close to starting the modernization of the main office and nurse’s office, along with the new parking and student drop-off locations for parents and buses. Plans are completed and approved by the Division of State Architects. We anticipate the project starting this summer.
At Eureka High School, there are three major projects in the planning stages. One of these projects is the modernization of the Band Building, which has not been updated since 1939. Plans are also underway for the modernization of the Agriculture Welding Shop and the Eureka High School Gymnasium. The Gym is currently going through the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process. The Gym and Welding Shop are projected to bring in nearly $5,000,000 in state matching funds.
This is not an exhaustive list of projects ECS is working on, so I encourage you to visit our website at www.eurekacityschools.org for updates and a list of projects we will be completing with Measure S funding. Thank you for supporting our next generation with Measure S!
Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.
Eureka City Schools
Inspiring academic Excellence, Creativity, and the confidence to Succeed – ECS