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Facilities Focus Pays Off

Imagine how great it feels to study, learn, play and grow in spaces that energize, engage, and inspire.

Jurupa Unified students live that reality, thanks to a wave of renovation that has delivered modern, vibrant, hands-on learning spaces that spark imagination, ingenuity and achievement.

JUSD has spent the past half-decade systematically upgrading, updating and securing classrooms, libraries, playgrounds, and other facilities districtwide.

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While there is much work yet to come in a district spanning 26 campuses, the improvements to date have been transformative, said Superintendent Elliott Duchon.

“It is incredibly rewarding to ensure that students have learning spaces that combine safety, function, beauty, technology and flexibility,” Mr. Duchon said.  “Our community has done a great service to our students.”

The wave of improvements was made possible by Measure EE, the school bond measure that Jurupa Valley voters approved in 2014.

With the bond funding, the district has ensured:

  • Facility and security upgrades at every school.
  • Construction of labs and classrooms that support education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) - one key to preparing every student for college and careers.
  • New spaces that enable hands-on learning in diverse areas of Career ​​​Technical Education- another key to college and career readiness.
  • Dramatic technology upgrades districtwide, including laptops assigned to every student in grades 2-12 to ensure inclusive access to digital learning 365/24/7.​​ 

In fact, equity is a big theme in the district’s approach to facilities upgrades, said Trenton Hansen, Assistant Superintendent for Organizational Leadership and Planning.​

“We are committed to ensuring 21st century facilities districtwide,” Dr. Hansen said.  “Our schools – some built decades ago – are being upgraded, as funds become available, to provide a modern, interactive learning environment for every student.”

Voter-approved local school bonds – dedicated 100 percent to school facility construction/modernization – unlock matching school-bond funding from the state, empowering districts such as JUSD to make sweeping improvements that far exceed what might be done with local money alone.

At JUSD, achievements to date include myriad modernization projects.  For example:

  • ​At Glen Avon Elementary, upgrades underway have an estimated completion date of early 2021. Improvements include a new library and office building, along with modernization of every permanent classroom. The project also will enhance accessibility to campus facilities.
  • Ina Arbuckle Elementary, built in 1956, was last modernized in 1987- until its refurbishment in 2019. Improvements include a new kindergarten wing, new playgrounds, a new library media/center, a new multipurpose room and a new administration office.
  • A project to modernize and expand West Riverside Elementary began in late 2018. Improvements include a new office, classroom and library building, and a renovated early 20th century structure converted to an Innovation Lab. Still to come are an outdoor amphitheater, a new playing field and more classrooms and offices.
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Upcoming projects include:
  • ​The modernization of Troth Street Elementary School.
  • Construction of a concert hall at Rubidoux High to showcase student talent in band, choir and orchestra. 
Broadly, JUSD has delivered new playgrounds at Granite Hill, Ina Arbuckle, Indian Hills, Pedley, Rustic Lane, Sky Country, Stone Avenue, Sunnyslope, and Van Buren elementary schools and the Pacific Avenue Academy of Music. 

Other improvements include a refurbished track and new video production studio at Rubidoux High, a welding lab at Nueva Vista High, and an Innovation Center at JHVS that supports classes in areas such as engineering and design and building and construction trades.

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Site leaders shared perspective on the upgrades and what they have meant to student learning:

  • “The learning environment at West Riverside has changed completely.  Our incredible classrooms, library, innovation center, playground and landscaping have uplifted the spirits of the entire community.  Students want to come to school and they are proud to be Dragons!"   
    • Marcy Hale, Principal of West Riverside Elementary
  • “In Jurupa Unified, safety is our top priority.  In 2017, Mira Loma Middle received safety gates and panic bars.  Seventeen other schools in our district were also upgraded.  Learning is uninhibited when students and staff are safe."     
    • Mary Boules, Principal of Mira Loma Middle School
  • “Jurupa Valley High School's facilities look far different than just five years ago.  All of the upgrades, including the Innovation Center, have made learning without limits possible."
    • Kimberly Corbin, Principal of JVHS​