Inglewood Unified School District to Break Ground on New Classroom Construction at Payne Elementary School

05/17/2018 11:00 AM

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Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) fulfilling commitment to provide funding for sound insulation and noise mitigation measures Students holder posters (Students from Payne Elementary School attend the groundbreaking for new classroom construction.
Photo by Kerry James, courtesy of IUSD.)

(Inglewood, CA) Today, officials from Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) were joined by officials from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), students, and community members for a groundbreaking at Beulah Payne Elementary School. The construction project will include the demolition of portable classrooms, and the building of new, sound insulated classrooms.

“We are excited about the opportunity the LAWA funds provide us to mitigate aircraft noise in our facilities and our classroom environment," said Dr. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, State Administrator for IUSD.

“We strive tobe a good neighbor with our local communities,” said Samantha Bricker, Deputy Executive Director, Environmental Programs Group, LAWA. “By funding sound insulation in these classrooms, we can provide a positive learning environment for Inglewood students.”

The funding provided by LAWA is specifically for sound insulation to enhance the learning environment for the 685 students at this site. The funds will be used specifically for: 105 new acoustically rated windows, 23 new sound attenuating doors, installation of a new heating and air conditioning system to maintain a comfortable environment when the windows and doors are closed, and the addition of insulation in the walls and ceilings to further reduce noise intrusion. LAWA is also providing technical assistance and support throughout IUSD’s implementation of the sound insulation program.

LAWA’s funding for the sound insulation is just a portion of the total project, which includes funding from IUSD and Measure GG. The sound insulation portion of the project is funded by the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) at LAX. The FAA approved the collection of the PFC and expenditure for this program, which fulfills a commitment made by LAWA to provide funding to IUSD for sound insulation.

The Beulah Payne Elementary School construction project will take approximately one year to complete. The school will remain open as the work will be completed in phases. IUSD will also be moving forward with additional LAWA funded projects at Monroe Middle School, Morningside High School, and Oak Street Elementary.

Five people wearing orange vest and holding shovel Groundbreaking ceremony for new construction at Payne Elementary School.
Photoby Kerry James, courtesy of IUSD.)

About Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports, as well as aviation-related property in Palmdale. Both play an integral role in helping to meet the Southern California regional demand for passenger, cargo and general aviation service. Both airports make a distinct contribution to the strength of the system as it provides a high level of safety, security and service for its customers, communities and stakeholders. More information can be found at As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.

About Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD)

The Inglewood Unified School District, located conveniently 8 minutes from LAX, Beach Cities and the new Rams Stadium serves the educational needs of approximately 9,000 students. The district operates ten elementary schools, two middle schools, three high schools, One alternative high school, 1 dependent charter and a child development center.

Approximately, 30 percent of students are English learners, the majority of whom speak Spanish. About 82 percent of students are designated as coming from low-income families. The district offers unique educational programs in Dual Immersion (Spanish/French), STEM, Robotics, Culinary Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Art, AVID, and STEAM.

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