Office of Public School Construction Cuts Ribbon for Walnut Park Middle School
The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 15 for the Walnut Park Middle School in Walnut Park.
The project provides 1,026 Los Angeles Unified School District students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of approximately 375 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
The project received $29.2 million in state funding from the State Allocation Board’s
(SAB) Critically Overcrowded Schools Program for the construction of 38 classrooms. Additionally, facilities such as administration, library, gym, and multipurpose room were constructed. The funding also allowed for the purchase of 5.38 acres of land on which to build the new middle school.
The Critically Overcrowded Schools Program
allowed qualifying school districts with critically overcrowded school facilities to apply for preliminary state funding for new construction projects in advance of meeting all of the regulations required for a final construction apportionment.
OPSC serves as staff to the State Allocation Board and implements and administers a $35 billion voter-approved school facilities construction program.