Yesterday Inglewood Unified School District’s County Administrator Erika Torres alerted the community of the pending lease of surplus school land located between Morningside High School and Woodworth-Monroe Middle School. 2UrbanGirls guess the land will be made into affordable housing.
|Dear Inglewood Unified School District families and community,|
This letter provides an update related to Inglewood Unified School District real estate. The District has been carefully studying its resources as part of an overall effort to ensure that IUSD is a district where all students thrive.
The District has been focusing on strengthening our education programs as we also look for opportunities to maximize the value of our properties. One of the ways we are doing this is by leasing property owned by the District to generate revenue. Several properties have been identified that will not be utilized by our schools/students and therefore can be an important source of income for the District.
In addition, these properties may be utilized to help increase the number of housing units available in our City. We are excited to be part of the revitalization of Inglewood, as stable housing, great neighborhoods and successful schools are all important to a community’s well-being.
Later this month, the District will offer for lease property located between Morningside High School and Woodworth-Monroe K-8 School. This property consists of approximately 23 acres of underutilized land between the Morningside HS and Woodworth/Monroe TK-8 sites. This site is a large and valuable asset that we expect will generate significant money to support our schools and students. The athletics fields at Morningside High School are being reconfigured and upgraded as part of our Measure GG modernization project.
We are moving forward with the planned consolidation of Woodworth Elementary School with neighboring Monroe Middle School in new and modernized buildings. The reconfiguration of the schools and development of unused property was recommended to the Board of Education by the District’s Property Advisory Committee on Feb. 7, 2018. Prior to submitting their report, the Committee met ten times, including holding two Public Hearings.
Construction of a new football field and relocation of the baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts and basketball courts at Morningside High School and consolidation of Woodworth-Monroe K-8 School campus are part of the District’s long-term plan to increase usability of all District properties, better utilize District assets to generate income and enhance the District’s programs.
The District’s program to maximize District properties will not impact the education program. We are leasing only those portions of land that are no longer needed by either school. Proceeds from the lease will help keep the District financially stable and fund important educational programs that benefit students.Thank you again for your support. We will keep you posted on our progress with District facilities, including the celebration of the grand opening of the new Woodworth/Monroe campus. I look forward to continuing to support your student’s educational success in the Inglewood Unified School District.
Erika F. Torres, Ed.D., MSW County Administrator