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By Danny J. Bakewell, Jr. (Contributing Editor)
Published December 30, 2011

The long awaited La Tijera K-8 School is now open for business.

On January 4, 2012, the children of La Tijera K-8 School will not only be celebrating a return from their holiday vacation, but they will also be celebrating the opening of their highly-anticipated and long-awaited new campus.

La Tijera School is located on the corner of La Cienega and Fairview Blvds., just north of Centinela Ave.  The project was funded through an Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) bond measure that the Inglewood voters passed in 1998.   This is the last project to be completed using Measure K funds; the other schools in the district have already opened new campuses or had major renovations already completed using Measure K funds.

“We are so excited about the opening of this campus” said Margaret Bowers, former board member of the Ladera Heights Homeowners Association,  “we have monitored the progress of this campus since day one and we believe we have the finest school in the area – public, private, charter or anything else”.

Bishop Johnny J. Young, Ph.D. president of the Inglewood School Board (ISB) had this to say about the opening of this campus:
“Although it took years after the passage of Measure K to come into fruition, the NEW LaTijera  K-8 School was well worth the wait!”
As Board President and a resident of Ladera Heights, I am ecstatic about the opening of our brand new school, LaTijera K-8 School.  Our 1998 efforts to pass Measure K bond will once again be evident to the immediate community.   As I drive by this state-of-the art school on a daily basis, I am overwhelmed with pride, joy and appreciation to know that my property tax dollars, as well as those of all of the residents of Ladera Heights, made this school a reality.  On behalf of the Board of Education and the residents of Ladera and Inglewood, I want to thank the Bernard Brothers for their skillful craftsmanship and Turner-Bakewell Construction Management for making this the BEST designed and constructed K-8 School in the State of California.”

Trina Williams, vice-president of the ISB, added, “I am so exciting about the grand opening of our La Tierja School. I am a strong advocate of providing our children with an educational environment that is conducive to good learning.  I know the children who will attend the new La Tierja School will enjoy the program offerings that are available. Additionally, the grand opening of La Tierja is confirmation that hard work, endurance, focus and faith do pay off.  My final word to all of the district’s partners and supporters is this: together, we can continue to move the district forward until IUSD is truly the ‘educational jewel’ of the South Bay.”  

The school which will operate a separate kindergarten facility, has a brand new state-of-the-art library, multi-purpose room with an indoor stage, as well as an outdoor amphitheater, new kitchen facilities, fully equipped science labs, along with every classroom having some of the most state-of-the-art electronic teaching equipment in the history of any public school system.

When this project was started, we promised the voters that the residents of this community would have the most technologically advanced school in the state, and with the opening of this school, we absolutely delivered.  Our project team has been working overtime to make sure that no corners were cut to insure the best for the students of La Tijera.

Like most public school systems, the enrollment at IUSD has been dropping for the past several years due to the opening of charter schools and other private schools.  The district believes that the opening of La Tijera is the beginning of students who had previously left the district returning to one of the best school districts in the state.

Arnold C. Butler, former president of the ISB, in a previous interview, stated “there is no doubt every public school district has been affected due to the state budget crisis, but even with these fiscal challenges, Inglewood has remained one of the best performing school districts in the state.  This is mainly because we have a board and a state that make a lot of compromises and concessions however, we never compromise on the quality of the education to our kids”.

La Tijera will be full of excitement as the students move over “to the big school” as they affectionately call it.  The students are excited and the children and teachers are excited.  Principal Steve Donohue has been looking forward to this day for the past 3 years since he took over as principal of La Tijera.  Now, all of the challenges that he went through operating in bungalows for the past three years are over, and the kids are getting the very best in “THE BIG SCHOOL”.

For more information on La Tijera K-8 School contact Inglewood Unified School District at (310)680-5170

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