Critical upgrades and repairs to aging buildings and infrastructure at all five Beverly Hills public schools and dramatically enhanced safety and security measures for students and teachers are just some of the enhancements that voters have ensured with the passage of Measure BH in California’s June 5th Primary Election.
“Our schools are the heart and soul of Beverly Hills and have always served as a shining example of academic excellence and success,” said Beverly Hills Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy, “This support from our community will allow our district to continue to lead the way for generations to come.”
Measure BH will issue $385 million in bonds at legal rates and levy on average 4.4 cents per $100 of assessed property value. A property owner with a median assessed home value of $1.7 million would pay approximately $750 annually.
The funding will have the biggest impact at Beverly Hills High School, where construction is moving forward to modernize the school’s historic classroom buildings as well as K.L. Peters Auditorium and the Salter Theater. Projects also include a new gymnasium and athletic facility, outdoor aquatic center, football and soccer field, lacrosse field, baseball field, softball field, tennis courts, new parking, access control systems and security systems.
At El Rodeo School, Measure BH funds will renovate and modernize classrooms, technology labs, the library, field areas and build new parking, access control systems and security systems, and will renovate and modernize the historic 1914 auditorium at Hawthorne School.
Measure BH’s other key objectives include providing advanced technology district-wide for students and teachers and remediating and repurposing the Beverly Hills High School oil field into open field space for student and community use.
“Without this funding, all of these critical improvements would be in jeopardy,” said Bregy, “Measure BH contains provisions that clearly state these funds can only be used for the specific projects listed. It is important that we hold our school district completely accountable to our community so that the progress promised is exactly what we will be celebrating together in the months and years to come.”