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OPSC Helps Open New Science & Tech. Academy in Los Angeles

11/1/2012 4:57 AM 
Drawing of Academy building.The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials today to cut the ribbon and open the new Dr. Lawrence H. Moore Math, Science, Technology Academy in Los Angeles.

The new academy gives 800 Los Angeles Unified School District students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolstered the local economy through the creation of almost 600 jobs and the purchase of building materials.

The State Allocation Board awarded (SAB) $21.7 million for the project from the Critically Overcrowded Schools program and High Performance Incentive grant program. OPSC, on behalf of the Department of General Services and the SAB, implements and administers a $35 billion voter-approved school facilities construction program. The funding allowed for the purchase of 4.09 acres of land to build the new 32 -classroom elementary school in a three-story building, as well as a multipurpose room/lunch shelter, library/media center, administration office, and a two-acre playground.

The Critically Overcrowded Schools program allows school districts with overcrowded facilities advanced access to funds, in order to expedite a new construction project that will alleviate the overcrowding. The High Performance Incentive grant program is a supplemental grant available to school districts implementing energy efficiency, water conservation, and other sustainable building elements into their projects.

The school is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). The new elementary school received the Coalition for Adequate School Housing and American Institute of Architects, California Council’s Leroy F. Greene Award of Excellence.

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