Refurbish or Rebuild? School Board Seeks Community Input on South Pasadena Middle School Gymnasium Project

Published : Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 1:51 PM

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) School Board will conduct a public hearing during the board meeting to receive comments about construction related to the South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) old gymnasium building. Specifically, the Board wants to hear the community’s perspective on repurposing the existing space versus replacing the structure. The future building will be a vibrant addition to the campus and will house a black box theater, instructional space for art classes and a lab for robotics and other STEM programs.

“The Board wants to hear the community’s thoughts about whether to replace or reconfigure this building. As we come to a decision, multiple factors will be taken into account including architectural and engineering considerations, cost, and community input. We will consider all factors as we determine a construction plan for this important instructional space,” said Elisabeth Eilers, SPUSD School Board president.

The structure, originally built as a gymnasium for students on the SPMS campus, has been partially retired for the past several years. Currently, only a portion of the building is being used due to outdated systems and access issues requiring costly updates and improvements. Expected to serve all SPMS students, the future structure may be used for community events as well.

Once the School Board determines direction, planning is expected to last approximately 14 months. Construction could begin as early as fall 2018, with completion expected approximately one year later.

In addition to attending the public hearing at the SPUSD office, community members also may express opinions about this project electronically, through a link on the SPUSD website at under Information & Announcements or by mailing correspondence to SPUSD Superintendent Geoff Yantz, 1020 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, California 91030. All feedback should be shared by Friday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m. to ensure that it will be considered by the Board.

About South Pasadena Unified School District

Established in 1886, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) serves approximately 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school in South Pasadena, California. Nestled in the West San Gabriel Valley, SPUSD has earned a reputation for providing high quality public education, attracting families who value challenging academic programs and outstanding teachers. Consistently recognized for superior performance, SPUSD students earn honors at the local, state and national level. The District draws vital support from parents and community members through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, local PTAs and booster clubs.



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