Multipurpose Room Renovation In The Spotlight

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Multipurpose Room Renovation In The Spotlight
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Source: Santa Barbara Unified School District

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education and Superintendent Cary Matsuoka celebrated the completion of a nearly $1 million, Measure J bond-funded multipurpose room renovation project at Harding University Partnership School. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held during a first through sixth-grade school assembly. The celebration included a performance of 6th-grade orchestra and all the students sang "Hello to All the Children of the World." 6th-grade students’ Alex Velazquez Samuel Blakely and Suleima Mateo, gave presentations sharing their appreciation to the community for investing in their school. Representatives from Congressman Salud Carbajal, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, and State Assemblymember Monique Limón’s office presented certificates. 

“As we celebrate the completion of this beautifully renovated multipurpose room, I want all the students in this room to hear that your community invested nearly $1 million in your school because they believe in your future,” said Wendy Sims-Moten, Board of Education Vice President. 

The multipurpose room renovation project consisted of interior renovations for both the existing multipurpose building and restrooms. Improvements included a new heating system, flooring, acoustic wall panels to better absorb sound as well as 21st-century technology improvements such as an upgraded sound system, visual technology - new screen and projection system. 

Harding University Partnership School Multipurpose Room serves as a place for parent education events and Westside community gatherings. This includes the annual 6th grade International Baccalaureate Exhibition as well as family literacy, math, and science nights. During school hours you can find students playing music, attending award ceremonies, eating breakfast/lunch/supper, or participating in after-school activities. 

The project was made possible thanks to Measure J bond funds and completed over the summer of 2018. The total cost was $963,000 and completed under budget. Project partners include TSK, Architect; and McGillivray Construction, General Contractor. 

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sbres Oct 10, 2018 11:00 AM
Multipurpose Room Renovation In The Spotlight

"Once they find a way to get their academics on par with Roosevelt and Hope......" Really???? I worked at Harding 30 years ago. It was a great school, culturally balanced, and great families. As soon as the GATE program opened at Washington School it sucked all those great families and kids out and it has never fully recovered. The academics ARE on par with Roosevelt (for your information all SBUSD schools use the same curriculum) and the teachers at Harding are as dedicated, if not more so, as any other teachers in the District (I don't know much about Hope school except that class sizes are A LOT smaller and the majority of the students and families speak English). If the young families that live in the neighborhood would start sending their kids back to Harding en masse, Harding could be great again.

letmego Oct 10, 2018 11:52 AM
Multipurpose Room Renovation In The Spotlight

SBRES I agree with you. It's silly to compare Harding's academics to Roosevelt and Hope and find Harding lacking. It's plain and simple demographics, poverty, and command of English. It's not rocket science. Schools with higher test scores have more rich families and fewer EL families. Nothing magic about it. Open transfers has made it worse, and the GATE program at Washington? Disband it, or move it to McKinley or Monroe or Harding.

a-1563288066 Oct 10, 2018 08:18 AM
Multipurpose Room Renovation In The Spotlight

They had a 1 rating on a scale of 1-10 and had to revamp things to try and fix that, and also to change their image. With such a large Spanish speaking population the scores are lower because parents at home who don't speak English can't help with homework. It's tricky! In the meantime the educational level as a whole is lower and advanced students aren't having their needs met... I know because when I moved into that school district my child was bored as well as bullied for being white... I had to pull her out and enroll her in a school that could meet her needs. Anyways, UCSB has created a partnership with Harding and in doing so they are able to provide student helpers, with a goal of improving learning and encouraging all of the kids to be determined that they will go to college. The intent is good, even though the name is dumb. What's in a name anyways? It's a beautiful school with a rich culture and I think they were the first to have 100% locally sourced/organic food. Once they find a way to get their academics on par with schools like Roosevelt and Hope they will be the pride of the city!

REX OF SB Oct 09, 2018 06:48 PM
Multipurpose Room Renovation In The Spotlight

They'd get more cred in the community if they dumped the patronizing "Harding University Partnership School" moniker and started calling it Harding School again. That name change was one of the silliest things ever.

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