Updated: Monday, August 15, 2016 – 12:04 PM
By Laura Coleman
Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s historic celebration at Horace Mann to debut Beverly Hills Unified’s first ground-up construction project using Measure E funds, as of this morning, students at the K-8 actually began to learn inside the district’s first truly 21st century classroom building.
Horace Mann Principal Dana Findley, now in her first year leading the school, lauded the new building, which currently houses both elementary and middle school classes over multiple levels. In two years time, the school will have an additional new building, thereby completing Horace Mann’s top-to-bottom redo.
“Make no mistake about it Beverly Hills, the modernization of the Beverly Hills Unified School District is well underway,” declared BHUSD Superintendent Steve Kessler at Sunday’s back-to-school “Open House” at Horace Mann, which first opened in 1929.
The modernization construction project, which kicked off in fall 2014, followed the unveiling of the school’s fully renovated historic auditorium earlier that same year. This phase also included a multi-purpose/community room, new playground areas, and an underground parking structure just below a synthetic turf guaranteed to engender Husky pride with its custom-matched “Horace Mann purple” color.
At yesterday’s celebration, which was presented by the Horace Mann PTA, new and current families, along with community members who supported the project and had personal ties to the campus, got a glimpse of just how truly special the environment is when filled with people. The hours-long event, which included snow cones, lemonade, quesadillas, hot dogs, and cupcakes, to name a few of the goodies on hand, also included remarks by City leaders.
“I’d like to congratulate the school board in getting it right,” Mayor John Mirisch said. “The schools continue to be so important for our City and kids.”